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Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club to send funds to El Salvador earthquake victims

by Joyce Hollister

A member of the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club is coordinating an effort to raise thousands of dollars for earthquake relief in El Salvador.

Nick Grant, who is the Active 20-30 president for the United States and Canada, has been contacting the 46 clubs under his aegis via e-mail.

The international president for the worldwide 20-30 organization, Jose Roberto of El Salvador, a personal friend of Grant, recently made an e-mail appeal for help.

Roberto wrote that all of his family was safe and everyone in his 20-30 San Salvador Centro Club is safe as well.

“Some material things (are) lost, but we are alive and we can work for them” he wrote. “This earthquake affected mostly the poor people who live in houses made from mud, so they collapsed. We are trying to obtain help from all the 20-30 clubs around the Americas in order to help these people.”

At a meeting Wednesday night, the Carson Valley club voted to send $500 from its benevolent fund and additional monies from personal donations. Clubs throughout the world that belong to the World Council of Service Clubs are also sending funds for earthquake relief. The Valley 20-30 club belongs to the council.

“I just got e-mail from some European clubs,” Grant said Thursday morning, “and they are sending several thousands of dollars.”

Grant said former members of the Carson Valley club as well as community members are donating money for the relief effort. Anyone who would like to contribute may their donate to the 20-30 club, and Grant will send the money via wire transfer to the San Salvador Club by the middle of next week.

Grant said he was assured that the funds will be used directly to help people affected by the disaster.

The earthquake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale and struck the tiny Central American country Jan. 13. Hundreds of people were killed and buried under mudslides, and thousands remain homeless.

If more donations come in after next week, Grant said he would organize another wire transfer later in the month.

Interested people may contact him at 782-9783.