|Rotary Clubs Unite to Delight|
Gary Green - PVNN
Puerto Vallarta - It was early last Saturday morning in Colonia Magisterio, just steps away from the city dump, where a line of 107 primary, secondary and university students waited eagerly with smiles from ear to ear to graciously accept scholarships thanks to the Calgary North, Millennium, Calgary Heritage Park, Lethbridge and Pinchur Creek Rotary Clubs.
|Thanks to the Calgary North, Millennium, Calgary Heritage Park, Lethbridge and Pinchur Creek Rotary Clubs, 107 Puerto Vallarta students accepted scholarships last Saturday.|
The Canada Rotary clubs raised nearly $30,000 USD for the special presentation. In addition to the becas, Rotary members donated a myriad of school supplies which were distributed to local schools and outlying communities. "Out in the countryside, attendance is poor because the kids have to work to support their families. In the suburbs, you have 50 or 60 kids in each class because the population growth is so intense" commented Jacquie Brown, event organizer. "The Mexican government spends one-tenth of what U.S. and Canada schools spend per student: $1,500 USD a year, compared with $10,071 USD up North."
The mission of Rotary International, a worldwide association of Rotary clubs, is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
The 4,000 kilometer Goodwill Tour from Calgary to Banderas Bay was facilitated by the Puerto Vallarta Rotary Club South and also featured visits to local schools, villages near Cabo Corriente and Pasitos De Luz, a no-cost daycare facility to support children with severe disabilities.
"We have the greatest respect and admiration for our Calgary Rotary colleagues who are committed to improving the lives of so many young people here in Puerto Vallarta" remarked Jorge Zambrano Hernandez, Past President of the Puerto Vallarta Club. "We hope we have the opportunity to reciprocate in the future."