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Rotary Club of Rockingham Medical Project 2019-20
 
Committee: Rowan & Linley Lambert
 
The Medical Project continues to supply much needed medical equipment to local and international people.  We are fortunate that Rockingham General Hospital continues to supply us with equipment that they no longer require, in particular a very good supply of rollators, Zimmer frames, wheel chairs, shower chairs, over toilet chairs and crutches.
 
During the year we were approached at the Rotary market by Dr Ho Ping-Lee and asked if we’d accept medical equipment.  We were invited to his old surgery in Safety Bay and were able to take several pieces of equipment and medical supplies which we added to the shipment going to Tanzania. 
 
In August 2019 Ritz Party hire kindly lent us a truck and we emptied out one of our sheds and delivered the equipment to the Rafiki Surgical Missions storage facility in O’Connor. The shipment included: - rollators, walking frames, medical supplies, wheelchairs, crutches and walking sticks.  This equipment was being shipped to Tanzania as part of Rafiki’s medical work there. 
 
We have continued to lend out equipment to people in the Rockingham / Kwinana area and have had a steady stream of returned equipment over the same period. 
 
The supply of equipment to the project has diminished over the year and so I contacted all the Aged Care Facilities in the area to see if they had any equipment excess to their requirements but the feedback was that they didn’t and there appeared to be minimal interest in our project, which was disappointing. 
 
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 would like to thank all club members who have assisted in any way during the year. 
 
Thanks to Rory and Ritz Party Hire for the
use of their truck to ship equipment.
Thanks to Peter Philipps for assisting in
Getting the equipment to Rafiki Missions