Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 29, 2010

Fundraisers slated to benefit Haiti

Pleasanton Rotary Club collecting crutches, wheelchairs, walkers and canes

A host of events are being held here in the local community to benefit victims of the Haiti earthquake, starting this Saturday with a collection of items by the Pleasanton Rotary Club and Open Heart Kitchen.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Amador Valley High School parking lot, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Rotary members will be collecting items such as crutches, wheelchairs, walkers and canes. At the same time, Open Heart Kitchen will hold an electronic waste collection. Proceeds from that will support the nonprofit's free meal programs.

The Rotary Club has partnered with MedShare, a nonprofit which collects usable medical supplies from hospitals and physician's offices, inventories them and then ships containers with supplies specifically ordered by Third World medical providers. MedShare, which has a warehouse in San Leandro, will ship the mobility devices to Haiti.

"Our club members have seen the need of the people of Haiti in this tragic time and wanted to help them now," said Steve Brozosky, Rotary Club of Pleasanton president. "Many people have unused crutches, canes, wheelchairs, or walkers sitting in their garages, and those items are greatly needed in Haiti."

For more information, visit www.pleasantonrotary.org or www.medshare.org.

Amador Valley High School students, faculty and administrators will lace up their sneakers next Wednesday, also to help Haitians.

The Run for Relief aims to raise $20,000. Participants will run or walk for 40 minutes Feb. 3 on the high school track during a select shift. Shifts are scheduled from 7:20 a.m. throughout the day and ending at 4 p.m.

After each lap, the runner or walker will receive a tally mark from a track monitor and will be given a tag. The money will be raised from donors in the community who sign up to pledge a dollar amount per lap.

For more information, contact teacher and coach Tony Battilega at 980-4564.

On Feb. 5, a benefit show will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at Panama Red coffee shop, 2115 First St. in downtown Livermore. Acoustic music will be played by local musicians Northern Static, Lara Marriott, Antone Lee, Rob McCord, Greg Burdett, Valerie Nuzum, Colleen Jordan and Dan Taylor. Fees and tips will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

Brownie Troop 1268 has spent last week and this week collecting gently used shoes from Valley View Elementary students that will be donated to Haiti through the Pleasanton Sport Chalet's Soles for Souls program, which was devised after the natural disaster occurred. The shoes are expected to be sent by this Sunday.

--Janet Pelletier

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