Notes from the Field: Annual Main Thing Trip

The following update is from Tom Asher, Past Chair of ‪MedShare‬’s Board of Trustees.

Our bus with the MedShare team on board pulled out of lovely Antiqua at 7:30 a.m. and quickly climbed the winding roads through the Guatemala mountains. Two hours later, we peaked a hill only to see magnificent Lake Atitlan stretched ahead of us surrounded by mountains and dormant volcanos. It was reminiscent of Lake Como with villas at the water’s edge. A 30 minute boat ride dropped us in the village of Tzununo where a new clinic served by MedShare was scheduled to open that day.

As soon as we disembarked, a helicopter hovered overhead, followed soon by a motorcade of soldiers and police. Out stepped the Honorable Jimmy Morales, president of Guatemala. Three hundred (300) villagers gathered excitedly under a tent to see their nation’s leader, witness the ribbon cutting ceremony and to hear generous compliments of Kimberly-Clark Corporation (United States) and MedShare, among the suppliers of medical supplies to the village’s new healthcare facility.

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(Pictured from left to right: Charlie Evans, MedShare Board of Trustees Chair; President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales; Charles Redding, MedShare CEO & president; and Tom Asher, Past Chair, MedShare Board of Trustees.)

After the formal ceremony, President Morales took the time to personally thank MedShare CEO, Charles Redding and Board Chair, Charlie Evans for MedShare’s contribution to his country.

And so ended a beautiful day in a remote lakeside Guatemalan community and appreciation of one of the best gifts that MedShare donors and volunteers could possibly give to these grateful villagers; the gift of health.

Tom Asher

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