Grant to help deliver medical equipment to cyclone-hit Fiji

Grant to help deliver medical equipment to cyclone-hit Fiji

Published: Monday 21 March 2016

A $5,000 grant from Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund is helping to deliver medical equipment to cyclone-hit Fiji.

Take My Hands, a charitable organisation that redistributes donated medical equipment and supplies, is currently working with the Ramakrishna Foundation to supply medical necessities to free clinics in the country, partnering with Medical Aid Abroad and Friends of the Pacific.

Take My Hands received the grant from the Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund to help in their work collecting medical equipment and resources from hospitals and clinics that can no longer be used in New Zealand and redistributing it to organisations that work with those in need in the Asia Pacific region. Equipment includes everything from hospital beds to prosthetic limbs.

Take My Hands Managing Trustee, Janette Searle, says the charitable trust serves a need both medically and environmentally.

“Not only is our work supplying essential medical equipment to countries that need it, but we’re helping the environment as this equipment would otherwise be discarded. If needed we repair and service the equipment and redistribute it for a second life. It’s a win/win situation all around,” she says.

The $5000 grant was a contribution towards the development of an inventory management system for the charitable trust to be able to manage all stock and track its distribution.

“Take My Hands utilises spare capacity in the transport and logistics chain through the support of our partners, minimising waste across the board. As we grew however, we needed an inventory tracking system to ensure everything is accounted for. The grant has enabled us to develop a system to keep control of what medical equipment we have, who it is going to and when,” Janette says.

The Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund is a grants programme that supports projects to reduce and minimise the amount of waste going to landfill. This fund emerged from the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP), adopted in June 2012, working towards making Auckland a Zero Waste city by 2040.