Rotarians match challenge to donate $20,000 for school in Africa

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Battle Ground — At the Lewis River Rotary Club’s Oct. 24 meeting, the club presented a check to the Red Sweater Project to match a challenge from Rotarian Steve Mays.

The challenge issued by Mays was for group members to match his $20,000 donation for the project, which will be used to build an educational science facility at the Red Sweater Mungere School in Tanzania. Rotary’s International Service Committee has been active in clean water and education efforts in both Africa and Central America, and the Red Sweater Project aims to help kids in Tanzania continue their education beyond elementary school.

The club’s match comes from funds set aside specifically for International Service and generated by an annual gala auction.

At the same meeting, Rotarian John Halver was recognized for shepherding the club’s scholarship program since it’s inception, which has handed out more than $300,000 to students to continue either college or vocational opportunities.

For more information about the club, visit www.lewisriverrotary.org.