Posted by Valerie Wafer, Rotary Zone 28 & 32 on May 05, 2021
As the COVID-19 virus surge sweeps the country of India, Rotary Zone 28 & 32 is reaching out to all of you for support and change lives.
After consultation with the chair of the Rotary India's COVID Task Force, Zone 28 & 32 has learned that the most urgent need is for portable oxygen concentrators. Because these units are portable, they will serve many people in the coming weeks and months. Here is the message from Task Force Chair Ashok Mahajan (shown, right):
"One of the avowed objectives of the Task Force is to help establish Rotary Oxygen Banks in every metropolis in India. We aim to set up an Oxygen Bank in each city. The Bank would loan an oxygen concentrator to a patient in need, with the proviso that after the immediate crisis is over, the concerned person would return the concentrator to the Oxygen Bank. Such a Bank would be of help to a large number of people over an extended period of time.

"Hopefully, this devastating wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will abate in a while. After that, the Oxygen Bank will be of immense value for any subsequent wave - and will be a sensible fallback option. The Oxygen Bank will also be of immense value to economically disadvantaged individuals suffering from interstitial lung disease and other chest ailments that require oxygenation for the patient.”

Due to the urgency of the situation in India, this Oxygen Bank project will be open for three weeks from the date we send the financial-routing information.

Suggested donation - but any amount welcome
The price of each oxygen concentrator (shown, left) in India is approximately US $1,000, which includes shipping and handling. Our goal is to have the funds purchase at least 100 units - if not more.
This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with South Asian agencies plus communities such as Guajarati samaj, Hindu temples, Sikh gurdwara and Islamic mosques was well as other Indian organizations, to share this critical information.

Please encourage individual donations as well. Charitable receipts will be issued upon request
We are delighted that the foundations of both Rotary District 6400 and the Rotary Club of Essex have offered their assistance, to be the bank routings for funds donated to The  Rotary Foundations for this COVID-19 project.

Here are the details to share with your respective clubs, agencies and well-wishers, so they can donate to India's COVID-19 relief project.
Send your checks to:
Rotary District 6400 Foundation
Manager’s Office
201 South Main St.
Plymouth, MI 48170
United States

It would be helpful to include a copy of this letter along with the check/cheque, to ensure it is correctly allocated. If you wish to have a tax receipt, include the your name and mailing address.

Due to the urgency of the situation in India, this project will be open until this May 24.
For more information, contact District Governor Diana Nestorova at 




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