On October 12, 2012, Project C.U.R.E. hosted its largest First Ladies Luncheon in the history of the event. The keynote speaker was Mozambique's first lady, Dr. Maria da Luz Guebuza. Since becoming first lady in 2005, Dr. Guebuza has been an ardent champion of health, wellness and literacy campaigns to improve the lives of the Mozambican people, particularly orphans and children. "Day and night, we are concerned to save the lives of those who are still in their mother's wombs;" she added, "We are sure that if we guarantee a healthy life to each Mozambican, we will be on the right path to building and developing human capital."
Founded 25 years ago, C.U.R.E. provides hospital equipment for developing countries. It holds a First Ladies Luncheon every year, and Guebuza was the guest of honor at this year's event. CURE says that the purpose of these events is to "learn about the first lady's key healthcare issues and raise funding to deliver life-saving medical supplies and equipment to the most deserving hospitals and clinics throughout her country."
The equipment, which will improve health infrastructure in the country, will be delivered throughout the central provinces of Zambezia, Tete and Sofala, and in Maputo. “When properly equipped,” da Luz Guebuza said, “Hospitals can respond to the needs of patients and reduce child and maternal mortality rates. This was a battle we intended to help win.
The First Ladies Luncheon was attended by a near capacity crowd of more than 1,700 people who gave generously to help Project C.U.R.E and Dr. Guebuza deliver health and hope to Mozambique. Previous first ladies have included those from Ghana, Tanzania, Mongolia, Panama and Mexico and the luncheons have raised nearly $12 million.
The event was sponsored by mining giant Rio Tinto, was emceed by 7News' Anne Trujillo, and was hosted by honorary co-chairs former Colorado first ladies Frances Owens and Jeannie Ritter.