Local rotary club reaches worldwide

Fundraiser helps residents of poorest nations regain mobility

The reach of the Rotary Club of South Whidbey continues to stretch around the world.

Children and adults in some of the most impoverished nations will benefit from a recent fundraiser for Mobility Outreach International, a nonprofit group that helps with club foot treatment, surgery and prosthetics.

The Rotary Club of South Whidbey donated $1,000 toward the Seattle-based organization and co-sponsored a fundraising event July 14 at Dancing Fish Vineyards.

Dr. Robert Veith, an orthopedic surgeon from Renton and president of the board of directors for Mobility Outreach International, attended the event. Veith has participated in numerous surgical outreach missions.

It was originally founded in 1989 by Dr. Ernest Burgess, a Seattle orthopedic surgeon, to help landmine victims in Vietnam. It’s expanded to include Haiti, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and Senegal.

Mobility Outreach International has helped over 29,000 adults and children immobilized by limb loss and deformity, according to its website.

“In supporting the sustainable programs of Mobility Outreach International, our local club can participate in creating a better life for many children, through giving them mobility for the rest of their lives,” said John Plakos who is both president of South Whidbey’s Rotary Club and its International Committee director.

The Rotary Club of South Whidbey supports numerous international projects in Nepal, Boliva, Mexico, Kenya and the Dominican Republic.

Closer to home last month, it awarded $15,000 in college scholarships to six South Whidbey students for the upcoming academic year.

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