Monrovia Rotary Club Brings Smiles to Needy institutions

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The Rotary Club of Monrovia recently embarked on its Annual Charity Basket project for 2014.  As one of its cornerstone community service activities, the Club has raised money to donate needed items to the elderly and less fortunate in Monrovia and its immediate environs. 

This year’s donations were made to two institutions, namely the E.S. Grant Mental Health Hospital and the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire home.

Some of the items in this year’s donation include plastic buckets, tubs, bowls and cups, cleaning supplies, bales of clothing, mosquito nets, towels, slippers and toys among others with a total value of L$100,000 (one hundred thousand Liberian dollars).

The Rotary Club of Monrovia is the local chapter of Rotary International, a community service organization established in 1905 to foster the ideals of service among professionals in their communities of work and life.  First established in Liberia in January 1964, the Club is proud to be celebrating 50 years of service in Liberia under Rotary’s global motto of “Service above Self.”

Rotarians continue to set themselves apart by encouraging high ethical standards in their respective professions building goodwill and peace and— above all— dedicating their time to providing humanitarian services to fellow citizens.

According to the Club’s Service Projects Chairperson, Monique Cooper-Liverpool, “Rotarians in Liberia have been involved in a variety of projects ranging from the provision of medical supplies and equipment to the JFK medical centre and pediatrics ward, the establishment of a reading room in Brewerville and a water/wells project bringing safe drinking water to 14 communities around greater Monrovia, to name a few. The Club’s flagship project has been the construction and furnishing of a 6 classroom school block in Ben Town community along the Marshall Highway.”

The president of Rotary Club of Monrovia, Milton Weeks, noted, “With a membership of forty-five professionals both Liberian and international, the Rotary Club of Monrovia will continue to serve its community to the best of its ability.” 

Later this year, Liberia will host Rotary’s annual West African Projects Fair; bringing together hundreds of Rotarians from around the world to forge new project partnerships for development assistance and service projects across the region.  This is the first time Liberia will be hosting such a large international Rotary event. The Fair will be held in Monrovia from 29 October – 5 November, 2014.

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