Kiwanis community volleyball tourney a good SIGN

The Kiwanis Key Club staged a community volleyball tournament at Robert Bateman Secondary School on the weekend to raise money for SIGN (Surgical Implant Generation Network).

Ashley Williams of Clearbrook Kiwanis returns a ball during a weekend fundraising tournament.

Ashley Williams of Clearbrook Kiwanis returns a ball during a weekend fundraising tournament.

The Kiwanis Key Club staged a community volleyball tournament at Robert Bateman Secondary School on the weekend to raise money for SIGN (Surgical Implant Generation Network).  This Kiwanis International initiative will fund 100 or more orthopedic surgery centres in hospitals in developing countries around the world.  Each centre will treat a minimum of 100 severely injured family wage-earners and principal caregivers – at no cost to the recipients.“At a cost of $15,000 per centre, the 14 surgery centres so far established through the contributions of PNW clubs and Kiwanians, and the 86 more toward which we are working, will impact 10,000 persons per year,” said Steve Carlton, president of Clearbrook Kiwanis Club.  “Though 10,000 persons healed per year represents a small fraction of the annual 20 million severely traumatized persons throughout the developing countries of the world, we view our effort as a start that may ultimately be adopted by Kiwanians and other humanitarians everywhere. “We will raise over $2,500 at these volleyball tournaments, thanks to all the efforts from the Bateman Youth Key Club volunteers. More kids will walk in Africa,” said Carlton.