Thursday, November 22, 2007

Utah Rotarians delivering aid to Cuba

Salt Lake Tribune

By Rosemary Winters

The Salt Lake Tribune

Article Last Updated: 11/21/2007 01:46:43 PM MST

Utah's Hispano-Latino Rotary Club is leading a humanitarian mission to Cuba on Friday.

Some 40 Rotarians from various Utah clubs plan to deliver 2,500 pounds of school supplies, five wheelchairs, clothing and shoes to Cuban kids.

The eight-day trip is the Hispano-Latino club's first to Cuba, said the group's president, Cesar Diaz of Sandy. Getting permission from both the Cuban and U.S. governments was an "incredible ordeal," he said.

"Rotarians are not political. We are not religious. We just want to go and serve and do whatever we can to help," said Diaz, whose club routinely organizes international service trips.

Each traveling Rotarian has to pack 50 pounds of supplies to take to Cuba.

The LDS Church's charity foundation donated most of the school supplies, Diaz said. Those will go to two grade schools and an art school in Havana. Clothing and shoes will be delivered to an orphanage. The wheelchairs have been assigned by Cuban officials to three children and two adults.

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JG: The Salt Lake City Rotarians are a perfect example of what can be accomplished when people get together to help each other.

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