Medicine for Cuba recovering from Hurricane Irma
Helping Cuba recover from Hurricane Irma
Celebration Church in Barrie will be delivering medicine and water filtration kits to Cuba to assist them in recovering from Hurricane Irma which hit the island about 6 weeks ago. While the island did not take a direct hit there was extensive damage. Many homes struggle to find drinking water and there is a perennial shortage of medicine on the island which has only been made worst by the hurricane.
This is not the first time that Celebration Church has taken supplies to Cuba. For four years the congregation has been partnering with congregations on the island and taking supplies to them about twice a year. They also support the Pastors with ministry resources and help to fund an experimental farm project.
Michael Tweedle of Barrie will be the one delivering the supplies on behalf of the congregation in the middle of November. He has had a career in the pharmaceutical industry working for Abbott. Together with Karen Lambroff, who works for Teva, they have been able to source medication at a fraction of the usual cost. An industry group called Health Partners International Canada puts together 80 pound kits designed for use in third world countries. The church will pay $500 for the kits which contain about $5000 worth of medication.
The water purification kits that have proven to be most effective are designed by Life Straw. One home-kit will supply a family of four with pure drinking water for about 2 years. The cost of these water kits is about $100.
Michael will be flying to Holguin with 2 medi-paks and a suitcase of water kits. He will meet with Bishop William Surez in Holguin and with his representatives who distribute the medicine from three locations on the island.
All of the supplies for Cuba will be blessed at a special service at Celebration Church on Sunday November 5th at 10:30 Celebration Church is located at 460 Yonge Street in Barrie.