BASS COAST HEALTH PARTNERS WITH ROTARY TO BENEFIT OTHER COMMUNITIES

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Tuesday 08 May 2018
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BASS COAST HEALTH PARTNERS WITH ROTARY TO BENEFIT OTHER COMMUNITIES

 Bass Coast Health recently donated old and outdated medical equipment to Rotary’s ‘Donations in Kind’ project, for use in developing countries. 

Although the equipment no longer meets Australian service requirements,  the equipment can make a valuable and meaningful difference in the lives of people who are genuinely in need overseas. BCH’s equipment will be taken to Rotary’s Donations in Kind warehouse at Footscray and then shipped to the Pacific Islands and Timor Leste.  

Bass Coast Health’s (BCH) Director of Support Services Lynne Winterburn says, “Advances in technology and improvements to patient and staff safety requirements mean that BCH needs to periodically asses and update our equipment when funds become available. This enables us to donate some of the outdated equipment that we no longer use”.

The last time BCH donated its outdated equipment to Rotary around five years ago, it filled an entire shipping container. The recent donation consists of old style hospital beds, medication trolleys, a physiotherapy table, walking frames, walking sticks, over-toilet seats, wheelchairs and other pieces of occupational therapy equipment.

BCH CEO Jan Child says the health service is glad to see the equipment go to a good cause, “We are thrilled that our unused equipment can be given to those who can put it to great use. ‘Doing good in the world’ is one of Rotary’s mottos and we’re happy to contribute in even a small way towards their great work”.

The Donations in Kind project began around 50 years ago when Australian Rotarians began hands-on projects overseas and it became obvious that surplus material in Australia would be very valuable. For more information about the project, please see Wonthaggi Rotary’s Facebook page.
 

Pictured above (L-R): Friend of Rotary Wayne Beaumont shown with Wonthaggi Rotary’s Assistant Secretary Gary Sharrock and President Elect Graeme Sprague collecting Bass Coast Health’s donated equipment.