The FICADEN Group will be at the flea Market and available to talk with individuals about supporting the Ngabe Nation whose Capital is in Llano Tugri.It is a beautiful drive up there with breath taking views along the way. The drive is about an hour up the road once you enter San Felix. Good asphalt road with a few pot holes. Mr. Armando Dixon one of the FICADEN Board members will be there sharing his life story…..adopted by an American family and later returning to teach his people (Ngabe’s). Recently was sent by the Panamanian Government to China for a month. He is currently studying for his Masters Degree.
I am having at Tables 5&6 there with a lot of DIY stuff; different coax cables, wires, battery powered drills,CB radio, turn of the century digital camera with 3.5 floppy drive, hedge trimmer, Scotts Lawn Spreader and about 600′ of low resistance coax cable suitable for Ham Radio. and other stuff!. All the proceeds from the sale items go to FICADEN and the outreach in Llano Tugri. Our ministry, is sponsoring the work at Llano Tugri. Currently we have initiated an after school Feeding Program and support the after school Learning Program ,whereby we were able to get a large supply of teaching materials when we made the trip up there on December 18th.
Tom McCormack is still delivering the contents of Container #18 to needy Panamanian recipients. Arm and leg prothesis are being fitted. The good work goes on.
You may wonder how you can say “Thank You”. Well, a good way is to continue putting in votes for Rubi, his trusty assistant. That would provide his foundation with $30,000, which would allow Tom to help more people.
I just noticed a post on Tom McCormack’s FaceBook page. I felt it was worth a huge AttaBoy from Chiriquí Chatter.
Our last container #17 has just about been delivered to areas of need. To date more than 3000 wheelchairs, more than 3000 walkers, more than 4000 pairs of crutches and around 100 home hospital beds. We just fit number # 392 new prosthetic leg. Hundreds of breast prothesis and wigs, thousands of glasses and lots of hearing aids. Still going strong. Thomas L. and Linda J.McCormack Foundation.Thanks to all our volunteers in Panama and U.S.A.
You may remember on my Container 17 post, that TVN was here filming the process. They were here again this week doing more followup for A Panama Hero promotion. Those nominated will be awarded $8,000 for their good work. The winner will be awarded $30,000, if I understand correct.
Obviously everyone in Chiriquí already recognizes that Tom is a hero, but it would be nice to see his foundation pull in the $30K. Think of all the people that Tom would help with that money.
Chiriquí Chatter thinks there is no more deserving winner. Let’s hope that TVN decides the same in December.
Last Thursday, June 30, Lilliam and I took our morning 2 1/2 mile walk.. I called Tom McCormack to verify that Container 17 had arrived. It was on its way. It had been held up in Colon because there was heavy equipment on the road and it had not been able to leave on schedule.
Still, they drove through the night and it was in David around 8:00 AM, where some 70+ volunteers were ready to help with the unloading.
When I got there the doors had already been open and items were being passed down a line to be placed in the bodega.
There were many gringos, but more Panamanians. Many of the Panamanians were there to say “Thank You” for members of their families who had benefited in the past or would benefit in the future. There were some who had already received one of Tom’s gifts.
Rubi had gone to the port to get it cleared through customs and escort it to the bodega. Rubi is Tom’s trusted assistant who has learned how to fit the arm and leg prosthesis. When Tom is in the US getting more donations, Rubi continues to work with those in need in Chiriqui. Continue reading A Feel Good Day→
I just received the following message from Tom McCormack. His latest container should unload Thursday (June 30) around 8AM. Here is a link to a previous container unloading.
Last news. The driver of the mula is in line waiting to be loaded first thing in the morning.
So you can announce that the loading will start 8AM at the bodaga beside IFARU on Thursday. Any changes will be announced.
Thanks Don Spent all day today with a film crew from TVN.They are waiting to film the unloading.
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