When local Rotary Club members head south for the winter, they will be taking a little piece of Lethbridge with them. As part of the Los Amigos Project, City Council today approved the donation of six decommissioned fleet vehicles that the Rotary Club will deliver to parts of western Mexico.
Two Lethbridge ambulances and four handi-buses will be part of the Los Amigos Project going to the Mexican states of Sinaloa, Jalisco and Nayarit in November of 2017. The donation is valued at $12,550.
"We are very fortunate to have the emergency services and transit vehicles we have here in Lethbridge," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "Other parts of the world don't have these same privileges and being able to help out the less fortunate is a good use of the vehicles that we no longer need."
The Mexican communities receiving these donations will benefit in many ways. The vehicles will provide ambulance and bus service to both urban and rural centres and will play a vital role in developing safe, healthy communities.
This is the seventh year the Rotary Clubs of Southern Alberta have participated in the Los Amigos Project. Over the last six years, 78 volunteers have put in 21,000 hours to deliver 29 vehicles to Mexico including: ambulances, handi-buses, fire trucks and school buses.
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