Posted by Ann Sorvari on Jul 30, 2020
The Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough participated recently in a virtual conference, as the international partner in a 'Rotary COVID-19 ICU' Global Grant project, as the project was officially inaugurated. This project, instituted by the five Rotary clubs of Pune, India, was created to fund the fight against this terrible new disease. Ann Sorvari, a member of the Acton-Boxborough club, and Sanjay Deshpande, formerly of the Rotary Club of Wachusett Area and now a Rotarian residing in Florida, were both honored to be present.
 
From conception to launch, the entire process took less than two months. That was thanks to the willingness of all parties to give speed and priority to the normally lengthy approval process.
 
 
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The Acton-Boxborough club had previously partnered with the Rotary Club of Pune Pristine in India on a 2018-2019 Global Grant project for 50 pediatric-heart surgeries. When the effort arose to fund a new Global Grant to combat COVID-19, Sanjay Deshpande approached us again about becoming an International partner, adding the power of Rotary to the efforts of clubs and individuals.
 
In the end, the Global Grant totaled more than $94,000. Personal-protective-equipment materials, testing kits, educational materials, and medicines, as well as ICU equipment of ventilators, defibrillators and ECG machines, and other post-COVID-19 hospital improvements were all made possible. Once again, as so often before in the history of Rotary, the generosity and compassion of individuals, clubs, and organizations came together to make a difference.