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Rotarians provide valuable services, goods to people in Guatemala

It’s been a labour of love for Rotary Club of Chemainus members for many years
Tom Andrews with some of the village children. Ninety children were provided with school supplies. (Photo submitted)

Rotary Club of Chemainus members no sooner arrived in San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala when they rolled up their sleeves and went to work.

Tom Andrews and Derek Hardacker are the club representatives this year and doing important humanitarian work in the region. It’s become a long-time club tradition, with Andrews a regular traveller there and Hardacker making his third trip. They were joined this time by Hardacker’s son Devan from Grande Prairie, Alberta.

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The trio has been building chicken coops for the people, distributing donated shoes from Queen Margaret’s School and purchased shoes from citizen donations as well as delivering dental and school supplies.

“It’s going well,” noted Andrews. “All coops were assembled on site. Final touches last week. Shoes and school supplies distributed.”

It’s a labour of love for the club members that continues to pay dividends for the people in San Antonio Palopo, who have very few amenities compared to the way we live.

Ripping the boards into 2x1 framing pieces. Wood is pretty rough and wet but does the job. (Photo submitted)
Donated shoes are made ready for children to select from dozens of choices. Four large suitcases were taken down. (Photo submitted)
Tom Andrews, Devan Hardacker and Derek Hardacker travelling to work in style. (Photo submitted)

Don Bodger

About the Author: Don Bodger

I've been a part of the newspaper industry since 1980 when I began on a part-time basis covering sports for the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle.
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