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Continued Hospital and Clinic support
As everyone involved in Humanitarian work knows there are successes and failures. It is never easy. There are all kinds of forces at work to prevent good being done. There are all kinds of selfish interests and many of these get in the way. Sometimes it is very difficult to help people because they do not seem to have the motivation to help themselves or maybe because of deprivation they do not know that things could be better. So it requires great kindness, gentleness, patience and perseverance to be effective in bringing about change for the good of people.
The most important contribution to our humanitarian aid is that made by God. The end result is not dependant on us. As we reflect on this it is very clear that He is the guiding hand and inspiration behind our weak human efforts and it is He who brings it to fulfilment. As we look back now over the years of responding to the urge to meet a particular need we can see that what started off very small and what has required some effort on our part could not in our wildest imagination have reached out to so many people in need with real and sustained support other than by the help of God. Over €1.5 million worth of medical equipment has been redistributed by us to hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and individuals all of whom were badly in need and who could do with more. At present we are in the process of redistributing another half a million Euro worth of this equipment. All of this equipment is donated to us for the purpose of redistribution by the caring professions in Ireland. Where there is surplus medical supplies people in the medical and caring profession are always anxious that they would reach people who need them. We constantly get calls from all over the country from medical people who are clearing out their stores and want to see their supplies used before their expiry date. This often puts us under pressure when we are faced with limited storage space and limited resources and personnel to collect them.
Our humanitarian work is often done quietly out of sight as it should be. We are often only giving a little in support of a much greater effort being done by the organisations we support. We have been very impressed with some of the outstanding charitable groups working in Medjugorje and throughout Bosnia and are very happy to support them. Also early in 2012 we were able to give a full 40ft container of special needs equipment and hospital supplies to the Chernobyl Children’s charity for much needed project in Belaruis.
From Cork to Donegal, Kerry to Dublin, Limerick, Louth, Waterford, Sligo, Meath, Galway, Kildare, is the range our Volunteers travel sometimes on a 600 km round journey gathering and collecting hospital equipment and medical supplies of all kinds. Frank and Godfrey have been instrumental in assessing needs and organising the logistics of transportation and exportation of these much needed medical supplies.
We are privileged to continue supporting the following.
Medications for those in need
The Vionica home for the elderly
A local nurse in her treatment of diabetics
Daniella’s Mother and her new red chair
Mario and his 14k round trip