Rural Health Care Initiative
  • Partnering with Sierra Leone to save lives

“Opening the Doors” Celebration Successful

With Duniya Drum and Dance entertaining the crowd and getting everyone to dance, the Dinner Event was off to a lively start on October 29th at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center. More than 220 RHCI supporters attended and the goal of raising $24,000 to operate the Birth Waiting Home in Tikonko for its first year was achieved!

Guest speaker Paul Allwood, Assistant Commissioner of Health in MN, delivered an inspiring message (see separate blog post). Dr. Gary Johnson showed pictures and video while telling about the mission of RHCI's work in Tikonko.

Awards were given to Boynton Health for their outstanding support, to Jim Leslie for his work as a Board Member, to Gary and Sandra Johnson for their work in Tikonko in 2016-17, and to special volunteer Julie Riportella for her five years of running a successful bowling event to benefit RHCI.

The "Bucket Raffle" was new this year. Thank you to the many donors of items for the raffle, and to the volunteers who ran the raffle. The program concluded with the talented Sierra Leone Youth Dance Performance.

Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, donated, spoke, danced, and in any way helped with the success of the evening.

Carol Nelson

Board Chair

Carol Nelson MD is a retired physician from the U of MN Boynton Health Women's Clinic and St. Paul Primary Care Clinic with 38 years of primary care experience. In 2013, 2015 and December 2016-January 2017, she traveled to Tikonko in Sierra Leone. During the recent trip, she facilitated a Helping Babies Breathe training session for the Traditional Birth Attendants in Tikonko Chiefdom. Dr. Nelson is currently pursuing her Master's of Public Health at the U of MN School of Public Health, with a focus on Global Health.

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