Shelterboxes for Nepal and CART (Coins for Alzheimers Research)

Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang urged the humanitarian organization’s 1.2 million members worldwide to assist the victims of the April 25th earthquake disaster in Nepal in any way possible, including contributions to ShelterBox .

ShelterBox is the international disaster response charity that is Rotary’s project partner for disaster relief delivering emergency shelter, warmth, and dignity to people made homeless by disasters worldwide. At the ready are a large number of Shelter Boxes for responses instantly to these types of disasters but depletion of stockpiled boxes go quickly and financial contributions are needed to prepare additional boxes for large disasters such as Nepal. Shelter Boxes contain a tent to sleep ten people, ten sleeping bags or blankets, water purification equipment, pots, pans, knives forks and spoons, mosquito netting, ponchos, tools to help rebuild their living quarters, cooking stove, and activity kits for young children.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotarians, Roger Thrifthauser and Bill Rahe, immediate put into action a request via e-mail to club members to be ready to respond to this appeal with financial support for the purchasing of ShelterBox units slated for Nepal, at last Friday’s meeting.  Some of our snowbird Rotarians and others who would not be attending that meeting responded immediately with pledges amounting to $1,550 and the meeting itself brought additional contributions of $1,108. This $2,658 was then rounded up to $3,000 by Sanibel-Captiva Trust Foundation funds in addition to $1,000 already slated by the Trust Fund budget for ShelterBox. This $4,000 will enable the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary to purchase ShelterBox units for Nepal.

Rotary is an amazing humanitarian organization and Rotarians when challenged to make a difference in this world contribute hours of volunteer time, whether directly with boots on the ground or fundraising for projects that need financial help, they step up and make a difference.

Another perfect example of this is our Rotary District #6960 support of CART-Coins for Alzheimer Research Trust. Our Friday morning speaker last week Rotarian, Dr. Gary Goforth founding program director of the Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Memorial Health System. Gary made a visit to our club to bring attention to Rotary’s CART Fund. The CART Fund is dedicated to raising funds to provide see money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of the Fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental AD research projects within the United States.

Dr Gary Goforth

Dr. Goforth’s power point slide describes Alzheimer’s, “Alzheimer’s destroys brain cells. There are 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons, creating a branding network. Signals traveling through the neurons forest form memories, thoughts, and feelings. Alzheimer’s destroys neurons, thus also destroying memories, thoughts, impulse control, personality, etc. Alzheimer is a brain failure.” As our population ages the need for more information about Alzheimer’s disease is imperative and the fact is, that the typical research being done is not coming up with answers for us. CART supports cutting edge research. Not yet a Rotary International project but being supported by a number of Rotary Districts across the United States, CART has awarded over $4,500,000.00, since beginning in 1995 to accredited Alzheimer’s researchers.

CART uses a novel fundraising program. Rotarians are encouraged to voluntarily empty their pockets and purses of change, or whatever amount they choose in the blue CART buckets available on the tables whenever they attend a Rotary meeting. They also welcomed contributions of currency, checks, or credit cards. Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Foundation has budgeted $1,000 for CART this year.