Thursday, September 19, 2013

What a fundraiser!

On September 7th Chidamoyo Christian Hospital had their big fundraiser hosted by Larry and Cheri Gail in Seattle, Washington.  This was the 2nd time for this event.  Last time they raised more than $60,000 to buy our new Jeep. This year they set the goal as $75,000.  As of last week more than $105,000 had been raised and more  was still coming in--WOW!

We hope to complete several projects at the hospital including solar power for all the hospital, painting and repairs and repairs for a vehicle that has been down for 5 months.  Our heads are still spinning from the generosity of so many people!  Did Major put magic in the sadza he cooked?  We are so excited and thank all of our wonderful supporters.

Major will be back in 1 week!  I have been waiting 10 weeks to say that!  He is exhausted and about 40 pounds heavier!  Thank you to all who helped him with transport, hosted him in your house and fed him all those extra pounds!  We so appreciate it.  Can't wait to see the pictures of all of you.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Chidamoyo High Tech and Church Conference

We have been involved through the Rotary Club in Sebastopol, CA and through the Tele Med Center at Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, CA in a Tele Med program.  Every Wednesday at 5 p.m. we tune in via Ipad to a Continuing Education Conference put on by Dr. Gude in Sebastopol.  There are interesting case studies and we can learn a lot from these.
On Wednesday, August 21st we were able to present a clinical case here and discuss with experts there about the case and what we should do.  Dr. Kajese, Dr. Kabanzi and I sat around an Ipad and talked back and forth for 1 hour with the group in Sebastopol,CA and we could see each other.  How excited we are to be part of this project and it will benefit us in our practice to be able to talk about difficult cases.  Who could ever imagine that we could sit in the bush in Zimbabwe and talk to other doctors in CA about our patients?
Last week we received 2 new machines in our theater from a generous donation through our UK Trust.  We received a brand new Bovie (a cauterizer for stopping bleeding of blood vessels during surgery) and a new patient monitor that keeps track of the EKG, Temp, Pulse, Respiration, and Saturation of Oxygen during surgery.  Both machines have added so much to our theater and the doctors are so happy!  they actually are looking for patients to do operations on just to use the machines--so watch out!
On Thursday evening we began a church conference here at Chidamoyo with our 52 churches that we work with.  We have an annual conference each year the weekend before school starts its third term.
We had over 22 churches represented and over 300 people were fed.  The church was packed everyday and we just ended this morning with church.  They killed 1 cow and used 90 loaves of bread.  So they kept busy cooking and singing and dancing!  This is always an encouraging time for our church members.
I talked to Major yesterday and he is keep very busy and seeing a lot of old friends and meeting new ones.  He is in Seattle and the big fundraiser was last night.  They were busy preparing for it when I talked to him.
Thank you to all who have hosted and driven him many places.  Can't wait to see all the pictures of you guys.  Only 18 days until he arrives back here, but whose counting:)!

 The new monitor

The new Bovie

Eating time at Conference
Friday night service
Fellowship outside of church building
Dr. Kellert using the new Bovie--she is happy :)!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Chidamoyo Hospital Fundraiser

Hi All,

Just a reminder that if you haven't yet purchased tickets to our
auction on September 7th, please do so soon as it will help us gauge
the number of attendees (and prices go up on September 1st).

You can purchase tickets through the link below or by contacting me at
this email address.  We look forward to seeing you all there!


Larry & Cheri

Date: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Dear Friends,

We are very excited to formally invite each of you to the 2nd Benefit
for Hope to support Chidamoyo Christian Hospital in rural Zimbabwe.
The Benefit will take place at the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club on
September 7, 2013.  Further, details on the event can be found in the
attached invitation.  For those who are less familiar with Chidamoyo,
I have also attached a brief overview on the hospital and its amazing

Tickets to the event are $40 until September 1st ($50 after such date
or at the door) and can be purchased directly from us or via Brown
Paper Tickets (link to the ticket purchase site is attached). Please
feel free to invite friends, families, colleagues or any others who
may be interested in attending this great event.

Similar to our inaugural event in July, 2011, this will be an
extremely casual and fun event with great food, live music, wine and
beer and excellent silent and live auction items such as luxury
African safaris, domestic and international travel packages, fine
wines and fantastic restaurant experiences.  In addition, Major Mereki
(administrator of Chidamoyo) will be our special guest at the event,
traveling all the way from Zimbabwe to give you a personal update on
the hospital and how your support has saved, and will continue to,
save lives.

To date, Friends of Chidamoyo has raised over $150,000 in cash
donations which has translated into over $1.5 million in support for
the hospital through our strategic partnerships with great
organizations such as Medical Teams International, PATH and the
Imagine Foundation.

Proceeds raised from this event will be used towards the current solar
and clean water projects we are working on with the hospital and to
fund additional priority projects as needed (all of which you will
hear more about at the event).  In addition, as we did last time, we
will be sharing a portion of the proceeds raised with three local
charities (Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, FamilyWorks and 45th Street
Homeless Youth Clinic) as we want our efforts on behalf of the
hospital to help those in our local community as well.

We truly hope you can join us for this special evening of fun and
celebration during which we will have the privilege of touching and
changing lives of those in desperate need both here and half way
around the world.  Thank you very much for your continued support and
we very much look forward to seeing you all there!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions on
Chidamoyo or the event.


Larry & Cheri Gail