It starts with Project C.U.R.E, a Colorado based non-profit whose mission is to receive large quantities of equipment donations from US hospitals and put it – in “like new” condition – in the hands of hospitals with needs. All equipment is inspected and certified in good condition. Once our project was approved by Project C.U.R.E., Playa Red Cross personnel received password access to Projectcure’s vast inventory and made selections from it based on their needs, much like shopping on-line and “filling a cart”.
Once the selections are finalized, the equipment needs to be packed into a container and shipped to Playa del Carmen. That’s where Rotary comes into the picture. There are handling fees and shipping costs of approximately $20,000 required for Project C.U.R.E. to package, load and document the container, and to ship it here. Rotary partners in Denver, CO will raise approximately one half of the required $20,000. The Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside has committed to raising the rest. We have pledged $5,000 USD, almost the entire proceeds of our first annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic last October, to this cause. We have also recently pledged an additional $5,000 USD from the proceeds of our volunteering at the OHL Mayakoba Classic last fall, meaning that our Club has raised the entire $10,000 USD required from Mexico.
There is much paperwork, documentation and detail work that needs to be done, and much of it is now completed. By early November a forty foot container – load of equipment should be backing into the Red Cross Hospital’s driveway. It will be a great day for Playa, for our local Red Cross, and a proud day indeed for the Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside.