Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Richmond Hill Rotary donates to volunteer in Burma

The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill made a donation of $240 to Amelia Iaderosa to support her work on the Burmese border during their March 6 meeting

Club President Larry Barker presented a check to Iaderosa, aged 29. Iaderosa, who is originally from Richmond Hill, dressed in traditional Karen region clothes to receive the donation but also addressed the Rotary Club members about the challenging lives of refugees from the Karen region in Burma living in refugee camps on the Thailand/Burmese border.

The donation will support Iaderosa’s “Impacting Lives” campaign and will fund a full year of her cell phone expenses which is vital for her work overseas. Her campaign appeal is designed to pay for return travel to Thailand and fund basic living expenses for her unpaid work with the Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) for another year.

“KWO cannot afford to pay salaries or even expenses and the standard of living in this region is very low, even away from the refugee camps where the Karen people have been forced to live for many years,” she said. “I am humbled by the work that they do and while I am not changing the world I believe that I can play a small part in rebuilding the trust of refugees whose lives have been shattered. I am extremely grateful to Rotary, and everybody who has made a donation – however small – to help me return to work amongst these people.”

Anyone interested in helping sponsor Iaderosa’s work can find out more by visiting