Monument team gathers funds for medicines: Helps impovrished area of Nicaragua

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The Monument Chapter of Corner of Love, a nonprofit that helps people in impoverished areas of Nicaragua, has scheduled two fundraisers on the same day to raise money for medicines and shoes.

The first event on March 16 is the third annual King of the Hill 3-on-3 Basketball Tourney 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument. The event includes lunch and a guest appearance by two members of the Broncos Cheerleaders.

Later local chapter members will present entertainment by Seven One Liners, a comedy improvisation group, and Monument Hill, a local band, along with prize drawings and dinner, beer and wine from 6-11 p.m. at Sundance Mountain Lodge, 1865 Woodmoor Drive, in Monument. Tickets are $20 per person. Proceeds will be used solely by the Monument Corner of Love team.

According to its website, www.corneroflove.org, Corner of Love is an “international mission dedicated to glorifying God through healthcare, education, and clean water projects in Nicaragua.”

The organization, based in Maple Valley, Wash., leads teams from all over the world to serve in more than 50 remote villages near Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Local chapters, including two in Colorado, raise funds to buy medical and dental supplies and shoes for people who lack basic needs. They also have clothing drives.

The Monument team will be heading for the San Ramon area of Nicaragua in late May.

“We split into teams and take buses to two different areas each day,” said John Curran, one of the Monument Chapter leaders. “Some are medical and dental providers who open day clinics. The rest of us hand out tons of clothing and shoes. The children can't go to school unless they wear black shoes that are so expensive that families might only be able to buy shoes for one of their children.”

Because residents have trouble finding clean water, team doctors hand out medicines that keep the people free of parasites for six months at a time. Eventually, the teams hope to dig wells in each area they visit to provide clean water, but water rights laws make that difficult to do, Curran said.

Cailee Osterman, Corner of Love's U.S. Central Region operations manager, is planning to travel with the Monument team this summer and the Denver team in December.

“This year's trips are called Brighter Life Missions,” she said. “Before we go we'll have huge clothing drives. We have them at local schools because most of the people we give clothing to are small.”

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the local chapter can visit http://www.crowdrise.com/brighterlifemissiontrip/fundraiser/jeffbalch.

More information about the fundraisers and making donations is available by email at smiley@corneroflove.org or curran@corneroflove.org or by calling Osterman at 719-330-0922 or Curran at 719-244-5491.

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