Medical mission support

Re. Mission to change lives (Castanet, Jan. 5)

We want to convey our heartfelt thanks to the donors and participants in our Full Moon FUNdraiser potluck and silent auction on Jan. 7 at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre.

We raised more than $1,700 for the Canadian Association of Medical Teams Abroad’s (CAMTA) 2023 medical mission to Quito, Ecuador in February.

Donations to the silent auction came from many local businesses and individuals including, Silver Grizzly Native Arts & Crafts, Township 7, Stuart Bish Photography, Lisa Prowse Pottery, Meeples and Milkshakes, The Bike Barn, The Gunbarrel Saloon, Hoodoo Adventures, Peach City Runners, Eskala Mountain Sports, Skaha Meadows Golf, Nature’s Fare, Lordco, Sirius Science and Nature, Summerland Sweets, The Cellar Wine Bar and Kitchen, and Teas & Weaves.

We would also like to thank Chris Prowse for providing the musical entertainment and all who came out and bid on the awesome items up for auction or made cash donations.

The money raised will go towards funding CAMTA’s upcoming mission to Ecuador to provide orthopedic surgery to children and adults who would not otherwise be able to afford these life-changing surgeries.

CAMTA performs hip replacements for adults and primarily repairs club feet and hip abnormalities in children. The surgeries mean the difference between being mobile and able to support one’s family, or not. It makes the difference between being able to play in the playground with the other children, or not.

CAMTA also provides medical supplies and equipment and takes part in medical education sessions with local staff in Ecuador.

You can learn more about CAMTA at camta.com and sign up to the blog, which will provide stories from each day throughout our mission

While our patients in Ecuador express their gratitude to us, the volunteers, we know they are also really thanking all the supporters who make this mission possible.

Joanne Montgomery and Carrey Martin

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