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Rotary Club of Rockingham Medical Project
Beth & Peter Philipps                                          
 
The Medical Project continues to supply badly needed equipment and supplies to local and international people and we thank Trevor and other club members who assist with the collections.
 
We are fortunate that Murdoch University, Shoalwater Nursing Home and the Rockingham Peel Group continue to supply us with goods that they no longer require, in particular a very good supply of walkers and zimmer frames, wheel chairs, shower chairs and crutches.
A good number of these have been sent to Timor Leste, along with school books and medical supplies.
 
We are also fortunate that our friends, Jaqui & Harry Smith, make time to come to Rockingham on a regular basis to sort through the donations we receive. As Jacqui was a theatre nurse and has nursed on Mercy Ships and with Fistula patients in Africa, she has first-hand knowledge of which equipment will be of use in emerging countries.
 
This project is not one that costs our club a lot of money. The sheds at Hurrell Way are owned by the City of Rockingham and we pay very little rent. We share the area with the Rockingham Lions and the Rotary Club of Palm Beach, who both have sheds there also. I am grateful that Peter & the Lions  Club keep the area neat & mown. Mostly, Peter & I collect from Murdoch and Shoalwater, while other club members assist when we have a bigger pick-up from the Hospital or are transferring equipment to the storage for Timor Leste. In 2016/17 the Rotary Club paid $200 to have equipment sent by Little Green Truck to the storage area, but this amount was more than recouped by the sale of a power chair for $350, and also by small donations made by locals who appreciate the service we provide.  So, other than the costs to the members most involved (fuel & time)this worthwhile project continues in a fairly low-key, low cost manner.