Tom McCormack Needs Your Support

UPDATE: I just talked to Tom. If you have tuned into the local TV and radio stations today, this issue has been getting a lot of publicity. Tom wanted me to let everyone know that the location of the 9:00 AM meeting/protest has been changed to the front of the Governor’s office in David, which is on the block behind the Municipal Building. This is the location of the Saturday Farmer’s markets that I go to often and two blocks to the right of Hotel Nacional, if you are facing the hotel. The original post follows.

I received the following email from Tom McCormack related to the containers he has been trying to get released to assist the needy in Chiriquí.

Hi Don Ray,

Here is the story of the ongoing saga about our 2 -40 ft containers held hostage by SINAPROC since last November. These containers contain hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, potty chairs, breast prosthesis , wigs , clothes, shoes, blankets, sheets , towels, 93 used bicycles (to make more handicapped tricycles), 5 ambulance gurneys, and lots of other medical items. All of these items to be donated in Chiriquí.

The head of SINAPROC in Panama City has and is continuing to put roadblocks in the way of bringing the containers to Chiriquí. We feel he is trying to get his hands on the things in the containers. He has caused the poorest and most severely handicapped people in Chiriquí to suffer needlessly for an additional six months. All we need is one signature from the head of SINAPROC Chiriquí and we can move the containers. He can’t make a move without permission from his boss.

SINAPROC has cost me an additional $8000.00 not counting the $5000.00 or so to send the containers to Panama from the U.S. The last 3 containers entered without a hitch.

I need the help of the of your readers to come to the SINAPROC office in David on Wednesday 5 May at 9 am to help us put some pressure on the government to solve this problem. We expect members of the handicapped community to be there also. Please be there if you can.

Thank you,
Tom McCormack
Pres. Thomas L. and Linda J. McCormack Foundation

You may remember the post when Tom was having the containers filled in the US.

Now why an organization would choose to prevent the containers from being delivered and the contents put in the hands of those that need it is beyond me. Hopefully this demonstration, that is planned for 5th of May, will bring enough publicity to the issue that some heads roll in SINAPROC and the contents are released.

See you there the 5th. This post will remain as the first post until the 5th of May.

9 thoughts on “Tom McCormack Needs Your Support

  1. I am beyond amazed at this bureaucracy, even for Panama this is a bit much. Good luck with the demonstration.
    jim and nena
    fort worth, tx

  2. Don Ray:
    Make some waves! There are David local news cast on the radio that will be happy to have Tom there to talk about the problem. Two radio stations I can recall is Radio Chiriqui and the other one is Ondas Chiricanas. Also, he can contact TV statons in Panama and try to get his voice heard. These burocrats sometimes want some money thrown their way to “expedite” things What a shame!
    Jaime^

  3. Hi Jaime. I was at Cuidad de David yesterday for lunch and Roger Guerra happened to be there promoting Radio Chiriqui. I spoke to him and passed on the information. He indicated that he would see what he could do via the radio.

  4. hello every one, tomorrow at sinaproc offices 9:00 ?
    I be there I talk to the director , may be I can help….

    Eduardo Horna

  5. Best wishes for success. Those of you not familiar with the Tom and Linda McCormack Foundation should check out the site online. This is a NOT-FOR-PROFIT organization unless profits are found in the smiles from people with lives that might be made a little better. I have known Tom and Linda for many years and have not met two more generous people. SINAPROC officials, let the items go to the people that need them. Sign the paper. Barbara

  6. I cannot understand WHY they are depriving the people of Panama this help. Has anyone contacted the President, Martinelli, to get involved and resolve this? This should be the President’s obligation to help the people of Panama.

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