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September 25, 2009

Many Roatan Island people were helped at a health fair last year and Ruth Kernagis knows this year that many more will want to participate. People wishing to donate health related products may call Kernagis at 219-488-3887 or 219-730-7814.

Local resident supports Honduran school, church

Ruth Kernagis, of LOFS, has been working with a bi- lingual school and church on the tiny island of Roatan in Honduras for nine years. Each year she has been able to complete projects that make a difference in the lives of the children in the Roatan community.

In her second year on the island, Kernagis set up the first library in the village of Flowers Bay. With the help of many local schools, 60 boxes of textbooks were sent to the bilingual school, which had no texts.

In her third year, the Crown Point Rotary Club helped Kernagis create a school library with 10,000 books. Other projects through the years have in- cluded providing school sup- plies, basketball court, paved road to the church, and in 2007, the first playground was built.

Last year’s health fair was another huge success. In con- junction with Hearts in Mo- tion of Highland, a team was sent to run the fair and they supplied toys for children’s games, and health pamphlets and supplies. Crown Point Rotary also helped with free food and health supplies. A doctor and two nurses took blood pressure, blood sugar testing and free eyeglasses were distributed.

Also, goody bags contain- ing items that the people can- not purchase included tooth- brushes, tooth paste, Band- Aids, antibiotic cream, cough drops and OTC medicines.

Many island people were helped and Kernagis knows that this year when she re- turns many more will want to participate. Those wishing to donate health related prod- ucts may call Kernagis at 219-488-3887 or 219-730- 7814.

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