US and Caribbean Rotary Members Deliver Surgical Microscope to a Hospital in Jamaica

Put a few heads together from Central Florida, TN, and Jamaica for dinner, add $87,000 from Rotarians from all of the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean, and what do have two years later?

Orlando, FL, September 16, 2016 --( Why, a piece of microscopic surgical equipment to serve thousands of people at an overtaxed Jamaican Hospital, that is what!

The current Rotary International President John Germ of Chattanooga, TN, USA, current District Governor Dan Semenza of The Villages, FL, USA, and current District Governor Haresh Ramchandani of Montego Bay, Jamaica wound up chatting about the great work of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) on an evening in Asheville, North Carolinas two years ago. John Germ inquired with Dan Semenza about the possibility of writing a global grant from TRF with all 29 districts of Zones 33 and 34 of Rotary International. “Yes, it is possible,” Semenza replied.

A little later in the night, John Germ called back to the group to speak with the Rotarian about the possibility. Semenza was then told by Haresh, “We are going to write a grant with all 29 districts to fund it and deliver it to Jamaica in July of 2016. We will do another project while we are in Montego Bay and President John will install us as District Governors.”

Semenza and the districts met the challenge, wrote the grant, and delivered a sophisticated surgical microscope for the needy people of the island. The microscope was delivered July 9, 2016 to the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Jamaica. Accepting the microscope was the staff of the Sight Lab of the hospital with 21 of the District Governors witnessing. The operating microscope is used for optical repairs cataract surgery.

Additional to the valuable and highly needed medical equipment, the governors and the Rotary International president dug and prepared a peace garden at a school for girls in one of the many needy communities on the island. Peace gardens and friendship trees are planted all over the world by Rotarians to show people how all citizens of the world can help each other despite the differences in our cultures, governments, races, and geographies.

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