Amherstburg resident joining area Rotarians for humanitarian trip to Ghana

 

By Ron Giofu

 

An Amherstburg man is joining a group of Essex Rotarians for an upcoming trip to Ghana.

Bert McLellan said he heard about the trip on television and decided he wanted to get involved. They leave Nov. 14 for just over two weeks on a humanitarian mission and McLellan is currently fundraising for the trip, with proceeds going towards the people of Ghana.

“This opportunity came up, they accepted me and I’m going,” he said. “I put my money where my mouth is. I’m looking forward to it. The nervous part is (fundraising). I’m not the type of guy who likes being noticed too much.”

Projects in Ghana will include renovating a dilapidated school in the village of Wurakase and purchasing new books, uniforms and desks for the students as well as distributing school supplies and toys. Three water wells will be drilled and the hope is to also build a sanitation facility featuring 12 flushing toilets, sinks and showers.

Amherstburg resident Bert McLellan is fundraising for his upcoming trip with Essex Rotarians to Ghana.

Amherstburg resident Bert McLellan is fundraising for his upcoming trip with Essex Rotarians to Ghana.

Medical professionals will treat people as McLellan points out they rarely get to see a doctor in Ghana. The team will bring 400 pounds of medicines to the African nation. Mosquito nets will also be put up and reading glasses distributed to those who need them.

“All the money I’m trying to raise goes to the projects,” he said.

McLellan has to pay his own way, meaning he has to shell out over $4,000. However, giving back is something he does regularly as he is a board member of the Park House Museum, an usher at St. John the Baptist Church and a retired Amherstburg firefighter.

For information or to donate, contact McLellan at 519-736-6707 or e-mail patmc02@yahoo.ca.

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