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Thursday August 27th, 2015

Posted at 11:00am

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While children here in Canada are busy getting set to go back to school donning shiny new running shoes, carrying new back packs and loading up with school supplies, most children who live in Ghana, Africa struggle daily just to survive.

According to Rotarian Kim Spirou most children in Ghana live in extreme poverty and do not have shoes, nor the money to pay for school uniforms and school supplies and sadly this means they cannot attend school.

A group of volunteers are setting off this November, at their own expense, on a Rotary humanitarian mission to Ghana to support 700 impoverished children in the Central Region of Ghana. During this mission the team will provide children with uniforms, shoes, back packs, and school supplies as well as soccer balls and jerseys.

The Rotary team plans to build a new school, youth centre, and sanitation facility with 12 public toilets and showers and they will drill three fresh water wells to provide families with access to clean potable water. The team will also work in medical clinics and hospitals and provide life-saving mosquito nets to pregnant and nursing mothers and their children to protect them from the scourge of malaria – an often fatal disease.

The Rotary team is seeking donations of new or gently used running shoes for ages 2 to 18, soccer uniforms, soccer balls (deflated), baseball caps, and t-shirts.

Cash donations will also be accepted and cheques can be made payable to the Rotary Club of Essex and sent to the attention of Kim Spirou, Team Leader at 1321 Ottawa Street. Donations of goods can be dropped off throughout the city and county at 1321 Ottawa Street in Windsor, 13278 Tecumseh Road East in the town of Tecumseh, 186 Talbot Street South in the town of Essex and at the offices of the Rivertown Times on Richmond Street in the town of Amherstburg during business hours.

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