Kal Rotary to donate almost $70k to overseas aid projects

Valley Auction Co-owner, Don Raffan (in hat) leads the bidding at the very successful 2018 Kal Rotary Dream Auction.
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VERNON - The Kalamalka Rotary Club is set to donate almost $70,000 to overseas projects thanks to funds generated from the 2018 Kal Rotary Dream Auction.

This donation is on top of the $194,000 the club recently dished out to local and regional organizations following the success of their 2018 Dream Auction.

Set to benefit from the donations are organizations from Zimbabwe to Nepal and from Ethiopia to Haiti, says a media release from Kal Rotary.

Kal Rotary has donated US$75,000 over the last four years to the Devi Jal Kumari School in Gorkha, Nepal, to build a two storey school and toilet system that serves 225 students from surrounding villages. This year the club donated US$6,835 which will allow the school to hook up to electricity as well as purchase desks, chairs and bookshelves.

An 800 student school in Bezawit, Ethiopia, that has no toilet facilities, is set to have some thanks to a US$10,000 donation to the Frances G. Cosco Foundation to fund the construction.

The Clean Water for Haiti Foundation is set to receive US$23,797 to build 50 bio sand filters in rural communities and purchase a new truck which delivers them.

Along with funds raised by the Rotary Club of Kelowna, Kal Rotary is donating US$3,000 to buy a Hippo Roller. The device is a plastic drum that allows villagers to transport five times the amount of water they could previously carry in one trip.

"It’s extraordinary what a life-changing invention like the Hippo roller can make to people who spend much of their day just hauling water,” international donations chair, Dr. James Mayne said in the release. "Freeing them up for education, household tasks and food production."

The Zimbabwe Project Society is set to receive $5,320 towards the cost of building a community agricultural garden. The North Okanagan Gleaners - who distributed 6.6 million portions of dried soup to developing world countries in 2017 - are set for a $6,000 donation to purchase a new air dryer.

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