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Brenda Ruacho Friday, May 16, 2014

Baja California first lady seeks to fund CRIT children's rehabilitation center

        Baja California first lady Brenda Ruacho is making the rounds in attempt to win funding for a CRIT children's rehabilitation center for disabled children in the state. CRIT stands for Telethon Childrens Rehabilitation Center.

         Brenda Ruacho braceletThe wife of Gov. Francisco Vega told Tijuana's Madrugadores breakfast group that she wants Baja California to have the 22nd such center. The centers are funded through a telethon Televisa and other media have been broadcasting since 1997. The adjoining states of Sonora and Baja California Sur also have centers. Nineteen states (Mexico state CRIT BC avancemos juntoshas two) and Mexico City have CRITs.

         Baja California has to raise 130 million pesos ($10 million) — which would pay for three years' operations — by Aug. 2 to qualify to have a CRIT. She is seeking funding from the legislature, businesses, business groups, foundations and the general public. She said the state's citizens have been such a large funder of the telethon that "if you look at those numbers, we should be able to reach our goal." Among many events being held to fund the center are a Jackie Nava fight on May 24 and a gala concert and dinner to be held July 3 in Mexicali.

         Ruacho, who was wearing a CRIT BC bracelet, said the state has only met one-third of its goal so far.

She said donations can be made through Banorte account "777 Por Amor a Baja California."

Story, El Mexicano.

Update, May 25: Jackie Nava regains super bantamweight title in fight held in Tijuana to benefit the CRIT.

Update, Dec. 8: Legislator René Mendívil opposes governor's commitment of state funds to finance the CRIT in Baja California.