HOPE for the World
It's mid-morning on a Saturday in June, and the warehouse is buzzing with activity. About two dozen volunteers - all members of International HOPE Canada - are loading all manner of medical supplies and equipment into a shipping container bound for South America. Blankets, sheets, syringes, rubber gloves, cataract surgery kits, stretchers, hospital beds, crash carts and wheel chairs - they're all flying up the ramp and into the container. Much of the material, which is donated by hospitals and clinics throughout Manitoba, is obsolete or no longer suitable for use. The volunteers have even managed to lay their hands on a slightly used anaesthesia machine - a valuable commodity in the re-purposed medical equipment market. By the time all is said and done on this day, these volunteers will load more than 10 tonnes of medical supplies into this container, which will eventually find its way to Peru and to hundreds of people in need.
Read the rest of Bob Armstrong's story in the July/August 2012 edition of the WRHA's Wave Magazine.