RCZC heals earth, reaches out to people PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 March 2011 00:00

The Rotary Club of Zamboanga City (RCZC) conducted a medical-dental cum environmental project at Sta. Cruz Island last February 27.

In coordination with the Zamboanga City Health Office (ZCHO), around 300 inhabitants of this beautiful island were check up by medical doctors and dentists for free. The islanders also received free medicines. The men, women, and children of Sta. Cruz were elated and grateful to RCZC particularly ZCHO Officer and Rotarian Dr. Rodel Agbulos for heading the medical-dental team.

While the medical-dental team were doing their humanitarian work, RCZC launched their Adopt-A-Mangrove Site at this island with the support of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Personnel Virgil Valdez and Elpidio Barrera. About 1,000 mangrove seedlings were planted at the back of Sta. Cruz Island by the group braving sticky mud, bites from insects, and sharp stones.

Mangroves along the coastal shore play an important role in the ecosystem. Not only do they serve as nesting areas for crustaceans, fishes, and migratory birds, it protects the coastal areas from erosion. Worldwide there is a campaign to conserve and plant mangroves trees to prevent negative effects of climate change according to scientific studies.

The newly organized Interact Club of Zamboanga City (ICZC) helped and assisted RCZC in these noble projects.  Composed of high school students from different schools, ICZC is the first community based Interact Club. This club is composed of young people with age ranging from 14-18. They are mentored by Rotarians to be responsible young citizens and principled leaders.

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"You shall not pollute the land in which you live... you shall not defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell." (Numbers 35:33-34)