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Rotarians provide aid to Haiti earthquake victims

PLATTSBURGH - The Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club has made a $3,000 donation to earthquake relief in Haiti, through the Rotary Foundation Earthquake Relief Fund. The fund is carrying out relief and rebuilding projects in the areas still dramatically impacted by the January 2010 earthquakes.

The club's donation will be used toward the fund's rebuilding of medical clinics and schools, providing children's vaccinations, providing medical care and prosthetics to women, children and victims of the earthquake.

The donation, said club president Ron Marino, continues the club's commitment to assist Haiti, already the poorest nation in the western Hemisphere before the earthquake disaster.

"Our club believes in the mission of serving our community and other countries in need," said Marino. "Through the auspices of Rotary we are able to reach and help many people."

"Our club has been so terribly saddened by the continued hardships faced in Haiti; the terribly poverty and limited food and safe water sources, the catastrophic earthquake and the following cholera epidemic and other health issues," added Haitian project leader Victoria Zinser Duley. "We are grateful to have connections through Rotary International to try to serve some of these needs, and for the generosity of our club, its members and supporters."

The Sunrise Rotary Club and its members donated more than $2,200 in 2010 to the Rotary-affiliated Shelterbox program deployed in Haiti, which provided life-sustaining equipment to earthquake victims. In 2009, the club donated $2,500 through Ryan's Well foundation to build wells for safe drinking water in Haiti.

The club will continue fundraising to assist Haiti and other international projects, and to meet local and community needs.

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