The caring nature of the Kansas City area on Saturday will extend even more with a new fundraising effort to combat the Ebola crisis in Africa.
A Consortium of Kansas City organizations on Saturday will begin its social media fundraiser to benefit Kansas City-based Heart to Heart International’s Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Liberia and Doctors Without Borders. The group is calling itself the Committee Against the Spread of Ebola.
It’s a coalition of people originally from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The Jewish Vocational Service, Don Bosco Center, the Sister Cities of Kansas City and the Kansas City Public Library are sponsoring the 5 p.m. kickoff at the Don Bosco Center, 580 Campbell St. in the Northeast area of Kansas City.
The event is open to the public. A brief video shot in Liberia will be shown featuring the staff working to open the Ebola Treatment Unit.
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Rex Archer, director of the Kansas City Health Department, also will speak during the fundraiser about Ebola and the Kansas City area’s preparedness.
Organizers hope to raise more than $20,000 for medical supplies. Donations can be made online at http://www.casekc.org.