The Lake Chapala Shrine Club this month donated 57,115 pesos to the Mexico City Shriners Children’s Hospital, now the largest Shrine Hospital in the world.
The reason for this was that the organization found itself with more funds than required for its Transportation Fund needs.
Money raised by the Shrine Club at lakeside go directly to a fund that allows children to receive an initial diagnosis and prognosis from local doctors, subsequently covering all costs of transportation and treatment at the Mexico City hospital if required.
According to Graham Paull, Past Potentate of Anezeh Temple in Mexico City, under the jurisdiction of which the Lake Chapala Shrine Club operates, the Mexico City hospital has seen 5,589 children and performed 208 surgeries so far this year. However, the facility would like to increase the number of consultations by 20 more children per month, he says.
For this reason, the Shrine Club is on the lookout for more children in the area who require treatment and financial support.
Noble President David Eccles would be glad to hear about new children – and welcome any visiting Shriners – at the next luncheon meeting of the Lake Chapala Shrine Club on Tuesday, June 19. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, 1 p.m. at the Hotel Real de Chapala.
At the club’s May meeting, Anita Hocker expressed her gratitude for the help the club provided to a young relative who needed medical assistance. She is one of many people who have attended meetings to thank the Shriners for their work in assisting children, in particular those in physical need, with cleft palates and who have been severely burned in home accidents.