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Peru State Rotaract Club to host fundraiser Friday, March 15 to benefit BAWA Health Initiative

Event begins at 7 p.m. at River Inn Resort in Brownville, public encouraged to attend


(Peru, Neb.) The Peru State College (PSC) Rotaract Club will host a fundraiser at 7 p.m. next Friday, March 15 at the River Inn Resort in Brownville to benefit the BAWA Health Initiative, which provides basic health care to people in poverty-stricken Cameroon, Africa, and surrounding villages.

All are invited to attend the event. Free will donations will be accepted. Refreshments will be served.

The evening will feature music by the band Sum Guise, a local group featuring PSC Art Professor Ken Anderson (guitar), Nebraska State College System Trustee John Chaney (harmonica), Art Homer (dobro), Ken Fike (mandolin), Brian Perkins (bass) and Jim Pope (banjo).

Dr. Dennis Richardson, a helminthologist and professor of biology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., co-founded the BAWA Health Initiative seven years ago when a fellow parasitologist and Bawa, Cameroon, native challenged him with the comment that “for the price of what you spend on feeding your cat, you could save the lives of children in my village.” The BAWA Health Initiative is a non-governmental organization established for the purpose of reducing the prevalence of endemic diseases. The organization strives to treat, empower, and educate through interventions, collaboration and ongoing research.

Richardson has traveled many times to rural Cameroon where he and his team have pitched tents, dug latrines and shown villagers how to construct bio-sand water filters. They have also installed anti-malarial bed nets, distributed medicine to treat worm infections and comforted the parents of children suffering from a myriad of hardships.

Richardson spoke to students and community members last year as part of the college’s Distinguished Speaker Series. His presentation, Malaria, Water and Worms: High-Impact Health Initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa, not only provided an account of public health interventions in the global community, it served as a narrative about individual villagers and their lives.

Peru State First Lady Elaine Hanson said, "I am extremely proud of the Peru State Rotaract members for embracing the BAWA Health Initiative. They have done an outstanding job of collaborating with Dr. Richardson and advocating for this significant humanitarian project. While working with the Rotaractors, I have seen first-hand the energy, passion and drive of this generation to make our world a more peaceful, caring place to live."

For more information about the event, contact PSC Rotaract International Committee Chair Brooke Earnest at

For more information on the BAWA Health Initiative, visit

Those interested in staying at the River Inn Resort can make reservations by calling 402-825-6441.