Los Ami­gos ready to help; kicks off with a Send-Off

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - South­ern Al­berta -

Hosted by Ro­tary Club of Leth­bridge Sun­rise on Thurs­day, Oct. 4, from 7– 8:15 a.m. at the Nord-Bridge Se­nior Cen­tre, (1904 – 13 Av­enue North) in Leth­bridge the Los Ami­gos Send-Off Break­fast will take place.

Ve­hi­cles de­part at 8:15 a.m. Break­fast will be served at 7 a.m. - Pay at the door - $15 – Cash or cheque. The Los Ami­gos con­voy of six ve­hi­cles will de­part for Mex­ico at 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 4.

Join them for the Send-Off Break­fast and bid farewell to our 2018 pro­ject team.

Los Ami­gos is an in­ter­na­tional ser­vice pro­ject or­ga­nized by Ro­tary Club of Leth­bridge Sun­rise.

Each year since 2011 Los Ami­gos has co­or­di­nated the do­na­tion of de­com­mis­sioned Cana­dian ve­hi­cles to Mex­i­can com­mu­ni­ties.

These ve­hi­cles are now in reg­u­lar use for med­i­cal emer­gen­cies, fire fight­ing or trans­porta­tion of young stu­dents and dis­abled in­di­vid­u­als in Mex­ico.

Los Ami­gos is funded through Ro­tary and gov­ern­ment grants, dona­tions and spon­sor­ships.

Ro­tary clubs in Mex­ico as­sist by iden­ti­fy­ing ap­pro­pri­ate des­ti­na­tions for the ve­hi­cles.

Through­out the year Ro­tar­i­ans work dili­gently with their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to ob­tain dona­tions of de­com­mis­sioned ve­hi­cles, sup­plies and services.

The ve­hi­cles are in­spected and made road­wor­thy.

Ro­tar­i­ans are re­cruited as vol­un­teer driv­ers who make a seven-day, 3,800 km jour­ney from Leth­bridge to Mazat­lan. Ro­tar­i­ans in Mex­ico wel­come the Los Ami­gos team and host cel­e­bra­tions in each com­mu­nity that re­ceives a ve­hi­cle.

An ad­vanced train­ing pro­gram was launched in 2015 and de­liv­ered in Mazat­lan to help emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cians and fire­fight­ers de­velop their skills.

In turn, they of­fer train­ing to their co-work­ers.

The Los Ami­gos train­ing team con­sists of ex­pe­ri­enced train­ers in­clud­ing li­cenced para­medic/ fire­fight­ers.

Top­ics in­clude emer­gency med­i­cal services and fire­fighter train­ing. Ses­sions and printed ma­te­ri­als are of­fered in English and Span­ish.

The next train­ing pro­gram will be of­fered in 2019.

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