Hospital Beds for PNG

 A typical Donations-In-Kind exercise

January 2011

      The Rotary Club of Noosa received advice that the Noosa Hospital had 32 surplus hospital beds available if we could find new owners for them. Our first objective was to remove them from the hospital grounds to safe storage whilst we found a home for these precious, near new beds. Noosa Rotary club members arranged a working bee to shift the beds to temporary storage donated by NoosaCare Carramar. Club members then found three needy prospective owners, two in Noosa and one in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
      One hot Saturday afternoon in late February nine Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Noosa loaded a shipping container with 25 hospital beds destined for the new General Hospital in Port Moresby.

The motley crew

We also loaded bed linen, towels, oxygen masks and tubing, commodes, walkers, wheel-chairs and hundreds of other para-medical items suitable for hospital use.

Medical equipment

Total replacement value of the beds and ancillary equipment is over A$100,000.00.

The task begins

85 kilo beds take some juggling

Boxes of hospital equipment were packed in the spaces between the beds to completely fill the container.

Every centimetre counts

A tight fit

After a long, hot afternoon the container was filled to capacity and ready for shipment to Port Moresby's new hospital.

The task completed, the survivors relax

     The exercise that began in late December 2010 with the aquisition and storage of the hospital beds, was concluded in late February 2011.
     The Rotary Club of Noosa donates goods worth approximately $300,000.00 per annum to Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and the Philippines with this latest shipment continuing our successful Donations-In-Kind Program.



"Nothing concentrates the mind more than a hot summer
afternoon in a shipping container." A survivor.