By MARK FRANCISCO
EVEN in this pandemic era, the Rotary Club of CDO Centerpoint continues to execute its mission in providing service to others, fighting disease and saving children.
On December 21 this year, the club turned over ventriculoperitoneal shunts to the pediatric ward of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) in Cagayan de Oro City. The shunts are used to drain fluid from the brain of patients with hydrocephalus. The donated equipment were received by no less than NMMC director Dr. Jose Chan.
According to Rotary Club of CDO Centerpoint immediate past president Zarah Lynn Rotoras, the club chose the project because hydrocephalus is very serious and takes lives of children.
“What we are doing extends their lives. Children will have the opportunity to do what other children regularly do. This is for their future,” Rotoras said.
Donating the ventriculoperitoneal shunts are just one of the many projects of RC CDO Centerpoint for this year and for RY 2020-2021 under Rotoras’ reign (together with Rotary International District 3870 under District Governor Johnmark Sarraga) but this is the biggest since it is a Rotary Global Grant.
The Rotary Global Grant is handed out by The Rotary Foundation which was created as an endowment fund by Rotary International in 1979.
For this particular project, the proposal of RC CDO Centerpoint was approved for Rotary Global Grant in the amount of US$43,000 (P2 million) for the purchase of the ventriculoperitoneal shunts. The benefactor clubs in this case were Rotary Club of Daegu-Cheongryong, Rotary Club of Geochang-Arim, Rotary Club of Weonju-Jeil and Rotary Club of Nam Wonju.
It met the qualifications of a global grant which are sustainable and measurable outcomes that address real community needs.
The Rotary Club of CDO Centerpoint was chartered in 1997. It currently has around 50 active members.
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