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Wednesday October 28th, 2015

Posted at 9:12pm

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The Rotary Club of Essex has surpassed their fundraising goal for its upcoming mission trip to Ghana, Africa.

The team set out to raise $100,000 and with one week to go before its departure, they have already raised just over $180,000.

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

These projects would not be possible without the supreme generosity of the people of Windsor Essex County. “Windsor-Essex has proven once again that it is among the most generous communities in Canada. The majority of people we will assist in Ghana live in extreme poverty and cannot afford the basic necessities of life. Chief among these is access to clean and safe water for drinking, cooking, and washing. Unfortunately many people are using traditional sources such as streams or rivers, which are contaminated, and in doing so villagers increase their risk of acquiring life-threatening waterborne diseases,” said team leader Kim Spirou.

 

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