Posted by Katherine Turner and David Fowler

Dear Rotarians and Other Humanitarians:

You can help send hope around the world, specifically to Turkey.
In early February 2023 a devastating earthquake followed by powerful aftershocks struck Turkey. Rotarians in the Midwestern United States responded by partnering with Midwest Mission and the North Star Foundation to ship a container of food with the approval of the Turkey Consulate.
Following the Earthquake, a humanitarian team quickly put into place the resources for desperately needed supplies as they were requested from groups already working in Turkey on the rescue efforts. Within in 24 hours, through the support of the Springfield Rotary Foundation and their partnership with Baja Bridges in Mexico, Midwest Mission, and the North Star Foundation, we were able to ship the container of ready-to-eat meals to Turkey. Quick response is what's needed for disaster relief!
Monetary donations allow us to quickly buy supplies in bulk and buy what is specifically requested by our partners in Turkey. We will be sourcing medical supplies from local hospitals and in the tri-state area and purchasing other supplies needed for humanitarian aid such as blankets, solar lighting, and other items as requested. Our goal is to raise $125,000 to be used for supplies and shipping needed right away and in the future. Rotary International grants are allowing Rotary Clubs in Turkey to work directly with U.S. Clubs for projects that they deem necessary.
Please consider supporting Rotary Clubs around the world as we work together to provide needed relief to fellow Rotarians and families in Turkey.
Contribution checks may be addressed and mailed to:
Springfield Rotary Foundation
P.O. Box 615
Springfield, IL 62705
(memo line: Disaster Relief Fund)
David Fowler, Springfield Rotary Foundation, 217-553-3499
Katherine Turner, Baja Bridges, 916-832-8965
Bill Durrell, Rotary District 6460 Governor, 210-865-2064
Yours in Service,
Katherine Turner and David Fowler