Within days of a massive tsunami in Palu, Indonesia, ROWW deployed a small team of medical professionals on a tireless trek to provide medical aid in villages throughout the devastated area. One of ROWW’s volunteer paramedics, Cammie Cooley, documented our team’s daily progress: “We started Day 5 with a 5am wake-up and 6am departure to the airport. Dr. Michael had arranged helicopter transport for us to the small village of Sirenja. It was reported that the village was affected by the 7.4 earthquake and had only seen one supply drop in the 8 days post-disaster. The village is remote and ground transportation is limited due to the road conditions. The flight via helicopter is roughly thirty minutes. The supply drop to Sirenja left ten minutes prior to our departure as a security measure. On the course of the flight was smooth and we had a view of the liquification of the villages affected by the tsunami. Sirenja is a small rural village with a population of 300 people. Our pilot was able to land our team safely in a cow pasture outside the village… We saw a variety of trauma injuries: sprained ankles, infected puncture wounds, burns, cuts, broken extremities, and more within a wide age group. Wounds were debrided, wrapped, and antibiotic treatments are given to prevent further infection. Tuberculosis is rampant and we saw many cases over the course of the day. Patients were educated on the disease, coached to cover coughs, wear masks, and recommended treatment at the closest clinic. We also saw a variety of respiratory illnesses and other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and even stable anginas. Over the course of 4.5hrs, our small team saw 175 patients. When air transport arrived, the attitude of the villagers had completely changed. What had initially started as anger from their lack of support after the disaster, turned to smiles and gratefulness. They assisted us in carrying our supplies to the helicopter and gathered to wave good-bye. It was amazing to see the change and to be able to provide care to the people of Sirenja.”
The countdown is on. One month till @fuelfest! Get your tickets at FuelFest.com. And in other news, while the rest of the country is freezing from a Polar Vortex, residents of California are trying to cope with two days in a row of rain. Stay stafe Los Angeles. #fuelfest2019#fuelfest#roww#cbsnews
Inspired by Paul’s personal Toyota Supra, this special collaboration project honors Paul and his love of cars while also carrying on his legacy through ROWW. Use code SUPRA30 for 30% off our For Paul Supra Die Cast at shoproww.org . #forpaul#roww#dogood#supra#tarmacworks
Come support ROWW in Anaheim at @fuelfest! This car show is meant to bring together all enthusiasts, cars, and fans to remember Paul’s legacy and continue to benefit @reachoutww. Please invite your friends, share this post, and of course, register and see us there! Go to FuelFest.com #fuelfest#roww#dogood#carmeet#inmemoryofpaul
“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” -Shannon L. Alder
Just days after Hurricane Michael, the ROWW team found an elderly survivor in a small decimated neighborhood of Mexico Beach, Florida. Alone on the back porch of his damaged mobile home, he was having trouble lifting a 5-gallon gas can to refuel his generator. We soon found out he was also in need of removing debris and a tree that had fallen on his home; he needed his roof tarpped too. He had no family and no where else to go. Our team immediately went to work. We reached out to some of the other residents remaining in the area and asked if they would look after him; they agreed. When we last saw him, he explained, “I have never had this many visitors and eaten so well in my life.” #roww#reachoutworldwide#disasterrelief#hurricanemichael#mexicobeach#florida#mexicobeachstrong#youarenotalone
For those who haven’t heard, ROWW’s “In Memory of Paul” car show is now @fuelfest! This year’s show will be bigger and better - and will continue to benefit ROWW! Last year’s show sold out - so hurry and sign up at FuelFest.com
We are very thankful for each and every one of you. We couldn't have helped others without you helping us!
Your support over the last year has helped us continue to grow and has laid the foundation for an even more amazing year in 2019. Your donations helped deploy our team of medical professionals and disaster relief specialist to Alabama, North Carolina, Indonesia, and Florida. Donations also helped in obtaining clean up supplies for the California Wildfire in Malibu.
Thank you for your continued support! We wish for health and happiness for all of you in the upcoming year. -Team ROWW
To donate, please visit: Donate.roww.org
Reach Out WorldWide's 2018 Honorary Volunteers
Every year, there are a few volunteers that go above and beyond the norm to help us fulfill the unmet need. This year we had six volunteers who deployed on two or more missions to the most devastating disasters in the U.S. and around the globe. We would like to recognize these six incredible individuals as our 2018 “Honorary Volunteers”: Merit Draven, Bennie Sims, Cammie Cooley, Ben Potter, Dustin Schmidt, and Craig De Meillon.
Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication this year.
While recovery efforts are still underway in Palu, a second Tsunami struck the Sunda Straight region of Indonesia over the weekend. Our team is monitoring the situation and speaking with local contacts to determine needs. #indonesia#jakarta#dogood#roww
Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help– something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For, remember, you don’t live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here, too. – Albert Schweitzer