On Saturday 9th January, not one but TWO huge containers were filled with medical and physiotherapy supplies to be shipped across the seas to Kenya. One is destined for the Metropolitan Sanctuary in Neryi, and the other will go to a local hospital in the area.
The preparations were extensive: in the weeks leading up to the arrival of the containers a small but dedicated band of volunteers made everything ready, sorting through, cleaning, and itemising equipment which included hospital beds, wheelchairs, commodes, walking aids and standing frames. On the day itself a great group turned out to help, and with the help of many hands and a fork-lift truck, the job was done in record time!
The supplies in the containers will be of huge importance out in Kenya, as they are either difficult to obtain there or prohibitively expensive, especially for the clinic at the Metropolitan Sanctuary which offers its medical treatment and therapy free of charge.
Befrienders For Disability would like to thank Sea Truck Ferries for their extreme generosity in donating one of the containers, and for all their help with organisation. We also want to recognise the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority for their support and cooperation.
Our thanks also go to Terry Fairfowl, one of the charity's Directors whose vision and drive has seen five containers go out to Kenya prior to these two, at great personal effort.