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September 2, 2013

Northern Notes: Mission team thanks supporters

Sharon Burke, representing the Traverse City St. Francis mission group who traveled on a mission trip to Zambia, wrote on behalf of the children and staff at the Kasisi Orphanage in Lusaka, Zambia, to thank the donors who supported the annual trip to Africa in June.

“A special thank you to Munson Medical Center and Eric Warren and Debra Reed of Munson Medical Center’s Pharmacy Department for their generous donation of medicines, which were put to immediate use at the orphanage,” Sharon wrote. “Sue Gibson, RN, from Northern Michigan Medical Alliance deserves special recognition as well as she took the time to hand-pick items which were generously given to the orphanage.”

Sharon went on the explain that each student on the trip carried an additional bag of luggage to deliver the supplies and medicine to the orphanage, which has a small hospital that provides a variety of medical treatment to children in need.

“While the staff at the orphanage was grateful for the many supplies given, Sister Mariola, who heads the orphanage, left a remarkable impression on all with a comment (she) made about the quality of the supplies that we take for granted in the U.S. She said, ‘I can’t remember the last time we had tongue depressors that didn’t cause slivers, thank you so much to the generous people of Traverse City.’”

Sharon also sends a huge thank you to the folks at the Bayshore Marathon who donated medals and countless T-shirts for the children and the village of Kasisi. She said that the St. Francis students held various relays and competitions for the children to win medals and all of the children received T-shirts.

Finally, Sharon acknowledged that none of this would have been possible if not for Father Robbie Deka, who organizes the mission trip each year, and Bill Marsh who kindly donated transportation to and from Detroit.

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