Pupils urged to enter ‘Thanks for Life’

PUPILS from all local primary schools have been invited to take part in this year’s ‘Thanks for Life’ project by the Rotary Club of Montrose.

A competition is being run for the students to design a flowerbed with the entry cost of £1 going to the Rotary International’s ‘End Polio Now’ campaign.

Each primary school will select up to 10 entries to represent them at the grand final which is being held at the Rotary Club’s coffee morning on Saturday, May 14, in the Old and St Andrew’s Church hall. The overall winner will be chosen by everyone attending the coffee morning who will vote for design they like best.

Angus Council parks and gardens department has donated one part of a four-segment circular bed in the Montrose mid-Links for the winning design. The successful school may participate in the planting of the bedding plants encouraging the green fingers of the pupils.

The winning design will then be on view for the entire summer and a sign indicating the winning child and school will be provided by the Rotary Club of Montrose at the site.

The other entries in the grand final will be submitted to the parks and gardens team who may choose other suitable designs to plant in the other segments of this circular bed.

Rotary International (RI) has been working toward the eradication of Polio Worldwide since 1985. In November 2007, RI received a $100 million Gates Foundation grant which Rotary committed to match by raising $100 million. A further grant of $255 million was pledged in January, 2009, by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The two Gates Foundation challenge grants now total $355 million. Rotary International’s matching effort in response is called Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge which must be completed by June 30 next year.

Montrose Rotary President George Taylor said: “To date Polio has been 99 per cent eradicated worldwide, and is now endemic in only four countries. We must continue and push that little bit extra to ensure that 100 per cent eradication is achieved.”

If you wish to find out more about ‘Thanks for Life’ please visitwww.thanksforlife.org