Following the substantial donation of items given by the Stanthorpe Nursing Home Board of Directors & Management and co-ordinated by Marinna Klemm, members of the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe have been active with plans to send the items to the Korovou Hospital in Fiji.  Many Stanthorpe people have already contributed to the project and some additional funds are now being sought for shipping costs.
Through the generosity of Tim Harslett the Harslett Farm B-Double truck was packed with Nursing Home items and transported to Rotary's Warehouse at Durack in Brisbane. Stanthorpe Rotarians travelled to Brisbane and packed the goods into a 40ft. shipping container that had been generously donated through Mark Cabria to ship the medical items to the Fijian Hospital.  The container is now ready to go!.
Dr. Lasaro Ilisapeci of the Korovou Hospital is very excited in anticipation of receiving such a large number of medical related items that will be used in the Hospital as well as in the surrounding 3 Health Centres and  5 Nursing Stations.  The hospital serves a population of 23,000 people and can provide only the basic medical needs of patients. Patients often have to take bed linen, eating utensils and toilet paper with them to hospital.
After the container arrives patients and staff will have access to motorised beds, wheelchairs, walkers, lounge chairs, bed tables as well as extra mattresses and bed linen together with valuable medical equipment.   
Once the container is on the ground at the hospital, a group of Rotarians, together with Marinna, will travel to Fiji to unload the container and assist with the setting up of the items in the hospital.  Marinna will be offering training on the use of the equipment and maintenance on the medical equipment.
This Rotary project will make an enormous difference to many people in Fiji.  Currently the Rotary Club is seeking financial assistance to bring the project to fruition. The overall cost including local wharf charges, sea freight, customs charges, duty, vat and land cartage to the hospital will be approximately $8,500.  
The Fijian community is still recovering from the substantial damage as a result of cyclone Winston early this year.  This Hospital project by the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe is a very worthy and practical humanitarian project in a country which the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe has a close association.  
Any financial assistance with this project would be gratefully received by the Rotary Club. More details can be sought by contacting Rotarians Stephen Tancred (0407 762 888), Gino Cabria (0408 853 955) or Past District Governor David Lee (0407 123 006).