Members of the Rotary Club of Charleston came out to support students in need on Saturday, August 6th.
Ralph Scognamiglio, Joy Capps, Karl Riner, President Alissa Lietzow, Lisa Van Bergen, Past President Paul Stoney, Megan Fink, Membership Director Sandy Morckel, and Craig Gangloff helped organized and pass out glue, pencils, notebooks, and more to hundreds of low-income community elementary school students. Some of us even got our picture taken with Darius Rucker!! This is one of the annual events our Education Committee runs; thanks to Richard Sidebottom and his team!!
The Bluffton Rotary Club is working on an international project to bring clean water to the community of Miramar, Peru. The community consists of 2,800 people who make up 700 families. The current water source is contaminated causing diarrheal illness, cholera and malaria. These illnesses prevent the people of the community from attending school or work.
The contaminated water is a primary factor perpetuating the continuous cycle of poverty and illness plaguing this community. A housewife from the community expressed it best by saying “a healthy person can function in all respects, but when we are sick we cannot perform our activities. We pay for water that is not purified and we must spend additional funds on gas to boil the water. We know that water is contaminated, but there are things we still do not know and would like to learn to care for our health.”
For those of us who live here on the beautiful pristine May River it is hard to image the life of the people of Miramar. The Bluffton Rotary Club saw the need and committed to making a difference in Miramar. Earlier this year, we completed the process of applying for and receiving a grant from Rotary International to fund a portion of the project and the work, much of it done by the local people in the community of Miramar, now well underway with an expected completion date of early fall. However, our work is not done. We still need to raise the remaining funds to complete this project and we need your help. Please join us on September 24th at the Oyster Factory Park from 10:00am to 1:00pm for a fun day as we Walk for Water to raise money to finalize the funds needed for this project.
People in third world countries typically have to walk 3.5 miles to get water – water that we would not consider drinking. For our walk, we will begin at the Oyster Factory Park on Wharf Street in Bluffton, walk 1 mile, fill up a bucket of water, then return a mile to the May River at the Oyster Factory Park for awards, refreshments and entertainment.
Registration to walk is $10 for adult, $5 for children 10 – 17 and free for children under 10. Or you may choose to form your own team. For registration details or questions, please contact our event coordinator, Mary O’Neill via email at MaryAOneill6@aol.com.
If you cannot walk, we would be more than happy to take a small donation. Please save the date – September 24, from 10:00am – 1:00pm for our Walk for Water!
Remember: we live in the beautiful town of Bluffton, SC and know firsthand the importance of clean water. We all work to protect our very own May River. I hope you will walk to raise the necessary funding for the Bluffton Rotary’s project in Peru. We walk to raise awareness of the importance of clean water not only at home but worldwide. We walk for water!
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Summey saluted the club for its 25th anniversary, celebrated recently. Keith also added that he is celebrating his 22nd year of service as North Charleston Mayor. “We are really proud of the growth that we have seen here in the Wescott Community, noting that North Charleston has become the top retail city in South Carolina,” he added. He spoke to a large crowd of Rotarians and guests, adding, “Sometimes people ask how we have been able to do this? I usually answer them by noting that we are a ‘service’ city and stress the importance of treating residents and businesses as customers that we are here to serve. Mayor Summey was introduced by Past President Matt Coakley. The Summerville Oakbrook Rotary club meetings on Mondays at 7:30am at the Wescott Club House.