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  • Rotarians come to aid of medical mission

  • Sister Andrea Kantner of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist engaged with the St. Mark’s Catholic Church’s Human Concerns Commission last summer, telling her story of the Mission’s work of sending 40-foot containers that carried a quarter of a million dollars worth of all donated medical supplies and other necessities, all over the world to the most needy.

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  • Sister Andrea Kantner of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist engaged with the St. Mark’s Catholic Church’s Human Concerns Commission last summer, telling her story of the Mission’s work of sending 40-foot containers that carried a quarter of a million dollars worth of all donated medical supplies and other necessities, all over the world to the most needy.
    Jim Blau, a member of the Independence Noon Rotary Club was in attendance. Upon hearing of the need to help pay the tremendous cost of shipments, Jim said that he knew instantly that this was a perfect project for Rotary to become involved in. Jim contacted Sr. Andrea after the meeting and told her of his idea to do a Rotary Speaking Tour about the Franciscan Mission.
    Sr. Andrea and Jim proceeded to speak to 14 clubs over about a four month period. Each club and others in the District 6040 region were invited to participate in the goal of receiving a matching grant from Rotary International. Approximately $5,250 was raised and the district was so impressed that they threw in an extra $1,000, along with matching the $5,250.
    A work day was held June 22 at the Mission to load a 40-foot container for a shipment to Ghana, Africa. Sr. Andrea told the 20 Rotarians who assembled that the doctor she spoke to in Ghana who will be the primary recipient of the shipment told her the contents will in some way help nearly a quarter of a million people in that region.
     

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