Rotarians support international charity

TIPP CITY — Tipp City Rotary is proud to announce their most recent locally initiated International Project of supporting Smiles of Hope’s Tilapia Farm with a gift of $2,500.

Smiles of Hope is a charity founded by Dr. Lisa Alvetro. She built, supports and manages the Angel House Orphanage and Secondary School in Tarime, Tanzania. Dr. Terrence Allemang has also been instrumental in the project and has participated in multiple dental working trips to Tarime, Tanzania, and Ecuador.

Tipp City Rotarians financial support helped to cover the cost to build the tilapia farm in Africa, and the Club matched their contributions. Tipp City Rotary currently has 70 members, was established on January 1, 1922, and its motto is ‘Service Above Self’.

Tipp City Rotary’s gift has allowed the tilapia farm to be built and the tilapia have been “planted”. In about five to six months the fish will grow to a size that is acceptable to eat. Through the tilapia pond the children of the Angel House Orphanage will have a new source of protein in their diets that allows them to grow and live a healthier lifestyle.

Tipp City Rotary has also been involved in helping to shrink polio cases worldwide for the past 36 years. Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria are the only three remaining polio endemic countries left. The crippling disease is now on the cusp of being eradicated. With the help of many other organizations like Rotary, we expect to end polio by 2018, making it the second infectious disease to be eradicated.

Members of the Tipp City Rotary feel very honored to be a part of International Projects and will continue to support many others in the future. If you would like to be a part of Rotary, please notify a Rotarian for additional information, or visit the weekly meetings at noon in the basement of the Monroe Township Building.