2010-09-16 / Local & State

FCMC Foundation To Hold Fundraiser

Auction to support CAMPaign Fund

On Wednesday, September 22, 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., a fundraiser luncheon, presentation and silent auction at Fulton County Medical will be held to support the “CAMPaign Fund.” There is no charge for the lunch, however, African arts and crafts will be offered for auction and donations will be accepted. Please call 717- 485-6116 to reserve a space.

“This is a rather different venture for a small rural foundation belonging to a critical access hospital,” Robert Roush, executive director of the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation said. “We are a relatively new foundation commencing in 2008. It is unusual for any local foundation to have philanthropic interests that range beyond the geography they serve, but this just made sense,” said Roush. The CAMPaign Fund was created to honor Jim Camp, one of Fulton County Medical Center’s staff members, after his unexpected passing in 2009.

“Jim Camp was active in Africa for a long while before his untimely departure,” said Jason Hawkins, Fulton County Medical Center’s CEO. “In a small rural area, when a trusted community member like that is suddenly gone, it affects everyone.” Hawkins added, “We wanted a way to honor Jim that made sense for who he was and what he believed in.”

Since the fund began last year, support has been able to continue to fund staff time at a healthcare facility in the Congolese, something that Jim Camp had been doing on his own for years.”We knew that suddenly ending that would cause devastation to what had become our sister community in Africa,”said Rebecca Cech, Jim’s daughter. Cech, a graduate of University of Pittsburg, travelled to the Congolese with her husband and father in 2009. There, both she and her husband were inspired to join her father in his work there.

In a short time, the CAMPaign Fund has helped buy equipment, educate nurses, and soon, will provide access to education to a broader part of the population.

For example, the Rwanguba nursing school students have said that they are “overjoyed” to have received the support that Jim promised them and which was realized by the fund for the 2009-10 school year. “Many students who would have been forced to drop out because of the financial strain of inflation have been able to continue with their nursing education and more qualified nurses will be working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because of the CAMPaign Fund,” Cech said.

Bizimana, the medical technician at the nongovernment healthcare organization, HEAL Africa, in the Congo, continues to manage his team to repair equipment and ensure the facility runs well. Thousands of patients go through HEAL Africa each year, many of them children who would otherwise have no way to correct their orthopedic problems and women who need critical care for injuries sustained by war and violence. “With the help of Jim’s fund, we were also able to purchase the oxygen concentrators and package the anesthesia machine – now ready to ship out to DRC. This equipment will save DRC medical facilities thousands of dollars in operations when it reaches its destination,” Bizimana said.

Next, the fund will launch a new education project as Jim’s daughter continues his legacy in Africa. UCBC (Christian Bilingual University of Congo) has established an institution of higher education that is currently underfunded, which makes it reliant on volunteers and donations. The goal is to raise support for up to a year of instruction at UCBC. For this purpose, the CAMPaign Fund has established the Jitoe Project, which in Swahili means, “give of yourself.”

Contributions to the fund can be made by sending a check to the CAMPaign Fund, Fulton County Medical Center Foundation, 214 Peach Orchard Road, McConnellsburg. PA 17233; by calling 717-485-6322 or visiting www.fcmcpa.org/foundation and designating the CAMPaign Fund on the online giving form.

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