Hackettstown, N.J., November 19, 2020 – The Hackettstown Rotary Club recently held a Virtual Harvest Paint and Sip Event recently under the instruction of Kerry Howard of Artstitution. Thirty-six individuals participated and $540 was raised for The Himalayan Cataract Project. These funds will pay for 22 cataract surgeries in the countries of Nepal, Ethiopia, Ghana, Bhutan, India, Myanmar and Rwanda. The Himalayan Cataract Project is an initiative that is supported by Rotary International.
“This has been a challenging time for fundraising for Hackettstown Rotary Club, and I am sure other service organizations, due to current restrictions and safety issues,” says Laurie Rapisardi, President. “I am so pleased that one of our Rotary members, Dr. Linda Poisseroux, chaired this event and provided us with the ability to raise money for The Himalayan Cataract Project. It was a fun night where attendees connected with each other and created unique paintings that they can cherish for years to come.”
The Hackettstown Rotary Club plans to hold another Virtual Paint and Sip Event in Spring 2021.
About The Himalayan Cataract Project
Two ophthalmologists, Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Dr. Geoff Tabin, started the Himalayan Cataract Project to fulfill their personal goals of eradicating as much unnecessary blindness in their lifetimes as possible.
Drs. Ruit and Tabin have proven that hospital quality standards can be applied in poor areas lacking electricity and clean water. Their inventive approach and dogged perseverance made what 20 years ago was considered impossible – possible. Today Himalayan Cataract Project reaches the most unreachable patients wherever its services are needed.
About Hackettstown Rotary Club
The 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man, Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
Becoming a Rotarian connects people with a diverse group of professionals who share a drive to give back. The Hackettstown Rotary Club meets weekly and discusses ways and creates programs to better the community.