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District 5300’s Rotaplast Mission to Lima, Peru

Each year thousands of children are born with cleft lip and cleft palette anomalies. During the past five years District 5300’s clubs and individuals generously raised the necessary funds for three medical missions, two to Retalhuleu, Guatemala, and one to Monrovia, Liberia. 20 District Rotarian volunteers gave up their time to support the medical staff on these missions.  Because of their efforts, individual contributions, and our clubs’ financial support, over 300 medical procedures were performed.

This year District 5300 is sponsoring a fourth Rotaplast mission. From among the sites available, Governor Luciano de Sylva has selected to send a team to Lima, Peru where significant needs remain. The mission will take place on May 21-June 3, 2017.

Our mission will partner with the Rotary Club El Rimac which will provide the in-country support, publicize the mission in the surrounding communities, search out and find patients, and work side-by-side with our team to assure that patients’ needs are met. A team typically consists of 22 medical and 8 non-medical volunteers. We will be working closely with in-country orthodontist Dr. Margot Escobedo.

We ask your support of this District-sponsored mission. Our goal is $50,000. We request that each club consider a contribution to this cause.

As in the past we also welcome individual Rotarians’ donations to the mission. Pledge/Donor forms are on the District webpage under International Programs. Contributions  should be made payable to ‘Rotary District 5300 Foundation” with “Rotaplast” clearly written on the memo line and then sent to Rotary International  District 5300, P.O. Box 777908, Henderson, NV 89077. In order to upfront the expenses of the mission, we appreciate contributions be made by January 30, 2016; but we can be flexible.

Rotaplast International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, humanitarian organization founded in 1992 as a world community service project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco by Dr. Angelo Capozzi and Peter Lagarias. Rotaplast is committed to changing lives through reconstructive surgery, and since that date has performed over 17,500 surgeries in countries around the world, now averaging a dozen missions a year. It has received a 4 Star rating (the highest) by Charity Navigator.

QUESTIONS:       Roger Schulte, rogerschulte@gmail.com 909.532.0673

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