The Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise is preparing for its 8th trip supporting community emergency services, school children and people with disabilities in five states in western Mexico.
Lethbridge City Council has approved donating two decommissioned ambulances and a school bus to Mexico this year as part of the ongoing Los Amigos project. The initiative, run by the Lethbridge Sunrise Rotary Club is now into its 8th year. Project Coordinator, Karl Samuels says local support for Los Amigos has been incredible. He says without that support, this would never be possible. Samuels says the vehicles have made a huge difference to people in the Mexicans communities over the years, all of which are still in use today. Los Amigos supports community emergency services, school children and people with disabilities in five states in Mexico. It's supported with tools, equipment and financial support from Rotary Clubs in Lethbridge, Pincher Creek, Fort Macleod, Cardston, Airdrie and Raymond. All these decommissioned vehicles have been part of Lethbridge Transit, however now that Alberta Health Services has taken over ambulances as opposed to the city, there could be an issue in the future when it comes to sending those emergency vehicles to Mexico. Samuels says it's something Los Amigos project people have thought about, however they haven't crossed that bridge just yet. To date, the project has sent 36 decommissioned vehicles to parts of western Mexico. - Pat Siedlecki