Documentary details residents’ Rotary mission to rural Nepal
Barry Turner spent two unforgettable weeks in Nepal in October.
To say that time was among the Grass Valley dentist’s most meaningful experiences would be an understatement.
“I think, to live around people who own almost nothing and to whom a pair of shoes would be a big deal makes it so when you come back home,” Turner said, “you can’t look at ownership of things the same way.”
He was head of a volunteer group that included three out-of-the-area dentists and six Nevada County residents who visited remote villages high in the Himalayas.
The Nevada Countians included Turner’s wife, Sharyn, a school nurse; retired schoolteachers Larry and Carolyn Homan; attorney Harold DeGraw; computer worker Pat Dobbs; and Megan Corbett, a youth art program administrator.
The group provided dental care, immunized more than 900 children against polio, and renovated a school in the town of Shertung.
The 49er Rotary Club of Nevada City donated $3,000 and the Rotary district covering Northern California and Northern Nevada donated $3,000 for dental and building supplies. Rotary International matched those funds, for a total of $12,000. All 10 volunteers paid their own way.
Half of the group plans to visit the eastern border of Nepal in April to perform the same work.
On Wednesday, the Nevada Theatre Film Series and the 49er Rotary Club will co-sponsor a benefit screening of “Nepal: The Mountains of Heaven” at Nevada Theatre.
The 43-minute documentary is based on the trip.
“This video will take you where you’ve never been, and we think you’ll be delighted and inspired,” said Mike Getz of the Nevada Theatre Film Series. “What these people accomplished is truly remarkable, and where they traveled to is simply breathtaking.”
Proceeds from Wednesday’s screening will benefit Himalayan Healthcare, a nonprofit organization in Kathmandu that helps residents in remote Nepalese villages.
A discussion follows the 7 p.m. screening with a panel made up of seven group members.
The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.
The film is back by popular demand; it sold out at Don Baggett Theatre in early February.
Nevada Theatre is at 401 Broad St. in Nevada City. For more information, call Turner at 272-8525.
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