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Woodstock-Oxford Rotary to Purchase Oxygen Concentrators for India

The Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club has pledged $10,000 in order to purchase 10 oxygen concentrators for those struggling in India during the pandemic.

WOODSTOCK - The Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club is trying to help people in India breathe by providing them with oxygen concentrators.

India is one of the hardest hit regions right now, during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The country is being ravaged at unprecedented levels and the death tolls are mounting every day. The medical resources in the country are over stretched and have surpassed capacity. 

People are dying everyday at alarming rates and the hospitals are overwhelmed. One thing they are in desperate need of right now is emergency oxygen supplies. Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President Steve Zehr says the people of India are in need of help and Rotary is responding.

“Woodstock-Oxford Rotary is committing to 10 oxygen concentrators at $1000 each. That’s $10,000 we have pledged, to save lives in India. We hope that our Oxford community friends will donate to help us with our cause of providing much needed assistance to those in life threatening situations.”

Zehr says they're teaming up with rotary clubs all across the region, in hopes of sending the much needed medical supplies. 

“In addition, other Rotary Clubs in southwestern Ontario are also raising funds, with the hope that we can jointly reach over $100,000 to fund 100 units. But with our own local fundraising crippled this past year, we really do need community support.”

Rotary member and United Nations Ambassador with Rotary Doug Vincent says the situation is dire in India right now.

"I had one doctor friend tell me that he had 20 people hooked up to a single oxygen line, when normally he wouldn't have anymore than 8 or 10 at the most. People are not getting the proper care right now in India because of a lack of supplies." 

If you can help, please donate online and receive a CRA Tax Receipt at: www.WoodstockOxfordRotary.org (Select the Donate links to contribute and Make a Difference).

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