Rotary on a roll with donations

The Rotary Club of Gately received a handsome donation of assorted medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers and hospital beds, on September 6.

The club, with it’s motto of “Service above Self”, also secured food donations from manufacturers.

Organiser, Andy Russell said a donation of 150 wheelchairs came from the Wheelchair Foundation UK.

“The second-hand wheelchairs are refurbished and still in great working condition,” he said.

HELPING HANDS: Rotary Club of Gately members offloading some of the wheelchairs donated by the Wheelchair Foundation UK, are, from left, Andy Russell, Rajoo Naidoo and Jacqui Mauer offloading wheelchairs Picture: AMANDA NANO

The Rotary Club will in turn be donating the equipment to a number of organisations, such Choc, DJ Sobey Old Age Home and Salem Baby Care Centre. In total, about 27 charities will benefit.

Club president Jacqui Mauer said this initiative falls under their Rotary Warehouse project.

“We also organise food distribution and part of our goal is to help with early childhood development,” Mauer said.

Kirsten van der Merwe of Röhlig-Grindrod said they were happy to have assisted the club.

“We sponsored the customs clearance for the goods to come into the country. It would be a wonderful thing if more people could come on board and assist,” said Van der Merwe.

RRN Removals also stepped in to lend a hand in moving and delivering the goods to the warehouse.

“We must be well aware of the needs of people and give to the less fortunate. As a Rotary member as well, it’s a privilege to be part of this,” said Rajoo Naidoo of RRN Removals.

Mauer added that their worry was the costs of the next shipment.

“We’ve estimated the costs to be as high as R60,000 and we need all the help we can get with this worthy cause,” she said.

Anyone wanting to assist the club, can contact Andy Russell on or Jacqui Mauer on


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