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Madison Rotary to Partner with Mercy Ships to Africa

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, January 30, 2014 • 6:00am

MADISON, NJ - The Rotary Club of Madison will place its focus in 2014 on Africa Mercy Ships.

These floating hospitals, which bring medical intervention to Third World countries, will be the next international project spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Madison. 

Following conversations with the Rotary International Foundation, the Madison Club and District 7470 leadership, Madison Rotary Club has announced a 2015 service project to select and send a team of medical professionals to Africa to conduct life-changing cataract surgeries or provide training to local healthcare professionals in disease/infection control in conjunction with Mercy Ships’ programming in western Africa. The team will consist of between four and 11 individuals. Activities will take place off-ship in local hospitals and health clinics.

The project will be funded under a Rotary Foundation World Fund/Mercy Ships packaged grants program ($20,000 to $50,000). These grants require no Rotarian contribution, and cover activities related to project implementation, including travel. Travel dates are subject to the ship schedule.

The current port of call is the Congo. On screening/selection day in September, more than 7,000 Congolese lined the streets to be evaluated for surgery.

To kick off this new venture, the public is invited to hear Jeff Kramer, vice-president of Resource Development at Mercy Ships, who will fly in from Texas to make a presentation at the Rotary Club’s breakfast meeting on March 13 at 7:45 a.m. at the Madison area YMCA to encourage members of the local community to use their professional skills in this endeavor to help others, the mission of Rotary.

Reservations are suggested. For additional information, contact Missy Elias at m.ayres.elias@gmail.com

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