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RC Cagayan de Oro turns over global grant to Philippine Red Cross

THE Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro turned over a global grant to the Philippine Red Cross CDO-MisOr chapter in ceremonies held Wednesday.

Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. By working together to respond to real community needs, clubs and districts strengthen their global partnerships.

Global grants have a minimum budget of $30,000 and a maximum World Fund award of $400,000. Grant sponsors can use a combination of District Designated Funds (DDF), cash, and/or directed gifts and endowment earnings to fund a global grant. The Foundation will provide a 100 percent World Fund match for all DDF contributions.

In this case, the global grant was applied during the time of immediate past president Julino Dulfo in 2019.

Past RI District 3870 governor and district Rotary Foundation chair Manuel Along recalled that it was during a training among fellow Rotary Foundation district chairs in Clark last March 2019 that they were encouraged to apply for the global grant.

Along, who is organic to the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro, then met with Dulfo so they could apply for a global grant.

It so happened that Philippine Red Cross CDO-MisOr chapter chair Antonio Soriano also happened to be a member of the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro.

And so it was decided that the global grant, once approved, will be turned over to the Philippine Red Cross CDO-MisOr chapter.

The global grant that they applied for was to be used to install a blood bank refrigerator, a plasma freezer, an incubated platelet agitator, a tube sealer and a T-seal mobile. These are equipment that will increase capacity to store blood at the blood center and replace antiquated equipment.

Soriano is grateful to the Rotarians, saying the global grant is timely in the light of COVID-19.

Mindanao’s biggest club, also recognized as The Mother Club, was organized on April 22, 1948. From a small group 17 charter members, it has constantly grown over the years.

The Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro is made up of distinguished professionals, business and community leaders who share the common passion of serving the community selflessly. It is a non-religious, culturally diverse and non-political club that strives to promote equality and high ethical standards among men through project and activities that cater to various sectors of society advocating the importance of education, health improvement, and poverty alleviation are prioritized and regularly carried out by the club and its members.

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