As part of an international charity collaboration that has been running for the last 22 years, the Rotary Club of Gately recently welcomed a shipment of medical equipment donated by fellow Rotarians in the UK.
The shipment consisted of nearly 50 large containers packed with assorted medical equipment and consumables.
“ROMEX [Rotary Medical Exchange] goes back 22 years.
“East London doctor Henk Kayser, who was born in Holland, went back to the country on a family visit and discovered a three-story building packed with beds, wheelchairs, walking sticks and a host of other equipment,” said Rotarian Raj Naidoo, who was on hand to receive the latest shipment last Wednesday.
“Henk contacted Dutch Rotary clubs and they agreed to send some of the stuff here.
“That was the start of similar agreements with Rotary clubs in the US and UK.
“I have a transport company and assisted Henk with arranging the transport.
“Since that first container we have got two or three a year, mainly from Holland in the early days, but increasingly from the UK and US.
“I recall Henk organising 20 large containers of new wheelchairs, which we sent to Rotary clubs throughout the province. Each container had 240 chairs.
“Henk was an amazing man. Over the past 22 years, so many needy people owe their mobility to him. At Gately we are committed to keeping ROMEX alive and flourishing.”
Naidoo was joined by his fellow Rotarians Andy Russell and Gordon Thompson, who helped co-ordinate the unloading.
The goods will be delivered to other Rotary clubs, which will then organise the distribution.