Funds from Rotary’s Tastings Fundraiser Will Support Medical Missions to Philippines

Funds from Rotary’s Tastings Fundraiser Will Support Medical Missions to Philippines

The Rotary Club of the Pelhams announced that $25,000 of the proceeds from last year’s Tastings fundraiser, along with funds from Rotary International, the Rotary District and a Rotary Club in the Philippines will fund two medical missions.

With the funds, a pediatric cardiac surgery and aftercare team from the U.S. will be able to travel to the Philippines Children’s Medical Center in Manila to provide training to medical personnel there on the latest procedures for the OR, ICU and the po

The Rotary Club of the Pelhams announced that $25,000 of the proceeds from last year’s Tastings fundraiser, along with funds from Rotary International, the Rotary District and other Rotary Clubs, will fund two medical missions to the Philippines.

With the funds, a pediatric cardiac surgery and aftercare team from the U.S. will travel to the Philippines Children’s Medical Center in Manila to provide training to medical personnel there on the latest procedures for the OR, ICU and the post recovery process.

The total award of $126,500 includes $25,000 from the Pelham Rotary Club, $12,500 from Rotary International, $7,000 from the Rotary District that includes Pelham and the balance from Rotary clubs in the U.S. and Philippines, and from the Rotary Foundation’s World Fund.

Betty Bucher, president of Rotary Club of the Pelhams, made the announcement during the Club’s weekly meeting on July 30.

The Tastings Committee is part of the Pelham Rotary Charities Fund and seeks to raise money and awareness to help treat children from all over the world who have life-threatening cardiac issues. Ms. Bucher also serves as the Chair of the Tastings Committee.

“As a result of last year’s wonderfully successful October fundraiser, we were able to provide a grant for these missions that in turn generated matching grants from District and International Rotary groups,” Ms. Bucher said. She also noted that “it’s a great example of pooling resources to maximize the generosity of our Pelham community.”

The award will be used to:

• Support a pediatric cardiac surgery and aftercare team from the U.S. to travel to The Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines to provide training and knowledge transfer to the local pediatric cardiac surgical and aftercare teams on the latest procedures in the OR, ICU and post recovery process. The training team will consist of surgeons, cardiologists, perfusionists, intensivists, anesthesiologists, nurses and technical staff.

• Purchase supplies and medications to support surgery and post operative care for 10 Filipino children during the above-mentioned training visit.

• Fund a team to travel from the USA to the Philippines to provide training and skills transfer to the Filipino pediatric cardiac surgery and aftercare teams in an effort to enhance their skills and enable them to operate on a more reliable basis between training visits.

• Purchase specialized catheterization devices to provide treatment to 45 children in need of lifesaving catheterization procedures in their own country.

For years, Filipino children have been transported overseas to undergo their life-saving operations. However, this is an expensive and unsustainable method of treatment. Therefore, the Philippine government, the local medical team, local Rotary Clubs and NGO’s have joined together to work towards developing a sustainable pediatric cardiac program at PCMC with a fully trained medical team and adequate supplies, medications and equipment to allow Filipino children to be operated on in their own country on a reliable basis.

The direct beneficiaries of this project are the approximately 10 indigent Filipino children who will be provided a second chance at life through open-heart surgery. They will be operated on and recovered by the combination of the visiting training team and the local surgeon and post-operative team.

Additionally, approximately 50 children per year will benefit from the increased knowledge and skill level developed in the local pediatric cardiac surgical and aftercare teams as a direct result of the training they receive. Also, 45 other children will benefit as they will receive lifesaving catheterization procedures, which cannot otherwise be completed due to the high cost of the devices necessary to perform these procedures.

Finally, the 13 members of the Filipino pediatric cardiac surgery and aftercare teams are direct beneficiaries of this project. They will receive one-on-one training from the visiting medical team to increase their skill level and allow them to successfully operate on more children independently between training missions.

Ms. Bucher said that “the entire Tastings Committee is proud of the way our community supported us last year, and we are looking forward to a very successful Tastings event this year on Oct. 19 at the Pelham Country Club. For our 10th annual fundraiser, we are pleased to honor Pelhamite Cathy Draper for her contributions to our community. We are also pleased that Jeff Marcks will be serving as our event’s Honorary Chair.”

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The total award of $126,500 includes $25,000 from the Pelham Rotary Club, $12,500 from Rotary International, $14,000 from the Rotary District that includes Pelham and $60,000 from a local club in the Philippines.

Betty Bucher, president of Rotary Club of the Pelhams, made the announcement during the Club’s weekly meeting on July 30.

The Tastings Committee is part of the Pelham Rotary Charities Fund and seeks to raise money and awareness to help treat children from all over the world who have life-threatening cardiac issues. Ms. Bucher also serves as the Chair of the Tastings Committee.

“As a result of last year’s wonderfully successful October fundraiser, we were able to provide a grant for these missions that in turn generated matching grants from District and International Rotary groups,” Ms. Bucher said. She also noted that “it’s a great example of pooling resources to maximize the generosity of our Pelham community.”

The award will be used to:

• Support a pediatric cardiac surgery and aftercare team from the U.S. to travel to The Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines to provide training and knowledge transfer to the local pediatric cardiac surgical and aftercare teams on the latest procedures in the OR, ICU and post recovery process. The training team will consist of surgeons, cardiologists, perfusionists, intensivists, anesthesiologists, nurses and technical staff.

• Purchase supplies and medications to support surgery and post operative care for 10 Filipino children during the above-mentioned training visit.

• Fund a team to travel from the USA to the Philippines to provide training and skills transfer to the Filipino pediatric cardiac surgery and aftercare teams in an effort to enhance their skills and enable them to operate on a more reliable basis between training visits.

• Purchase specialized catheterization devices to provide treatment to 45 children in need of lifesaving catheterization procedures in their own country.

For years, Filipino children have been transported overseas to undergo their life-saving operations. However, this is an expensive and unsustainable method of treatment. Therefore, the Philippine government, the local medical team, local Rotary Clubs and NGO’s have joined together to work towards developing a sustainable pediatric cardiac program at PCMC with a fully trained medical team and adequate supplies, medications and equipment to allow Filipino children to be operated on in their own country on a reliable basis.

The direct beneficiaries of this project are the approximately 10 indigent Filipino children who will be provided a second chance at life through open-heart surgery. They will be operated on and recovered by the combination of the visiting training team and the local surgeon and post-operative team.

Additionally, approximately 50 children per year will benefit from the increased knowledge and skill level developed in the local pediatric cardiac surgical and aftercare teams as a direct result of the training they receive. Also, 45 other children will benefit as they will receive lifesaving catheterization procedures, which cannot otherwise be completed due to the high cost of the devices necessary to perform these procedures.

Finally, the 13 members of the Filipino pediatric cardiac surgery and aftercare teams are direct beneficiaries of this project. They will receive one-on-one training from the visiting medical team to increase their skill level and allow them to successfully operate on more children independently between training missions.

Ms. Bucher said that “the entire Tastings Committee is proud of the way our community supported us last year, and we are looking forward to a very successful Tastings event this year on Oct. 19 at the Pelham Country Club. For our 10th annual fundraiser, we are pleased to honor Pelhamite Cathy Draper for her contributions to our community. We are also pleased that Jeff Marcks will be serving as our event’s Honorary Chair.”