Rotary District 6650 collecting electronics to support Central American Medical Outreach

SALEM The Rotary Club of Salem will join forces with 46 other clubs in Rotary District 6650 to raise money for Central American Medical Outreach Sept. 15-30.

“The cell phone drive is an easy way for people to contribute to a great cause,” said Phil Mariola, district 6650 governor. “We hope to collect as many unwanted cell phones, tablets, PDAs, GPS devices and iPods to benefit this organization that helps the truly needy to get medical care they otherwise would not receive.”

CAMO was founded in 1993 by Kathy Tschiegg, a former Peace Corps nurse who saw too many Honduran infants and children die for lack of basic medical care. She began CAMO with the goal of providing medical care and services in Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the world.

Last year, CAMO provided 130,000 medical services. CAMO also provides community development programs aimed at making life better for people who live in Honduras.

“Rotary and CAMO share many of the same goals and principles,” Mariola said, noting that both organizations provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Mariola is distributing collection boxes to each Rotary club in which people may place unwanted cell phones, tablets, PDAs, GPS devices and iPods. The drive officially takes place Sept. 15-30, but people who wish to donate beforehand are welcome to do so by contacting their local Rotary club.

“Clubs who wish to may also continue to collect electronics for CAMO after the drive wraps up,” Mariola said, noting the needs in Honduras are ever-present.

For more information on how to support your local Rotary’s electronics drive for CAMO, contact District 6650 Governor Phil Mariola at or 330-465-8131 or Salem club president Janet Keene at or 330-853-5114.

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