Local Rotary collects money for tsunami relief

  • <br>Enterprise staff
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 6:38am

Members of the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary recently joined efforts in a one-month fund-raising drive and collected a total of $8,370 to benefit tsunami relief efforts in Asia. Rotary officials said the money will be divided equally between two agencies: the Mercy Corps and the Rotary Center of Thailand.

“This month was a blockbuster of generosity,” said Daybreakers president Jim Crim in a press release. “It was a chance to do the things we do best: have a great morning of laughter and friendship… and serve the greater community.”

He added that several members of Daybreakers offered generous matching donations but asked to remain anonymous.

Through the Mercy Corps, the money from the Daybreakers drive will help provide food, cooking supplies, temporary shelters and bedding for families displaced by the tsunami and floods in Southeast Asia, officials said, and the Rotary Center of Thailand will use the contribution to build shelters, provide education funds for orphans, and replace boats and nets for fishermen who lost everything in the recent natural disaster.

The Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary includes Edmonds City Councilmember Mauri Moore, Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson and dozens of other Edmonds citizens and Rotarians.

The group also is the sponsor of the annual Jazz Connection, a community-wide festival of jazz music, offering a chance for high school musicians to showcase their talents and play with master jazz musicians. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, May 28, at various venues in downtown Edmonds; money raised will go to the Burned Children Recovery Foundation.

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