LETHBRIDGE - Members of the Lethbridge Sunrise Rotary Club will once again be donating
emergency vehicles to communities in Mexico as part of their Los Amigos
The City of Lethbridge agreed to donate a retired ambulance on
Tuesday afternoon. That will go down with them on March 30th, along with two
ambulances from the Town of Taber and a handi-bus from the Handi-Bus Association
in Cardston. They're also working on acquiring some other vehicles as well.
Project Coordinator Jim Campbell believes the ambulances are crucially
important. He says "in Mexico, especially in the rural communities, when someone
has to go to the hospital, the greatest cause of death is the trip to the
hospital because it's often done in personal vehicles and there's no medical
support along the way. These ambulances help to put in place medical service
along the way, they work as mobile hospitals."
Campbell adds "it just really makes us feel proud that vehicles labelled with
the communities here in southern Alberta are in constant use down there in
supporting the kids in education, taking care of health care needs, and working
with people with disabilities."
Along with the vehicles, the group will be donating fire prevention and EMS
equipment, as well as wheelchairs and walkers.