Nine abattoir workers who participated in the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme donated medical equipment to the Physiotherapy Department of Vila Central Hospital (VCH) on Wednesday this week. The donation included two wheelchairs, three wheeled walkers, four walking frames, two walking sticks, nine pairs of axillary crutches, and six pairs of elbow crutches. Resen Mataou and Nocklam Dick handed over the supplies on behalf of the group to VCH Medical Superintendent, Dr Vincent Atua and Principal Physiotherapist Albert Kaiapam.

The workers travelled to Australia in 2019 and have spent three years working in Scone Facility, a meat factory in the north-west of Newcastle. Before completing their three-year term, they decided to host a fundraising night that included music and string band to raise money for the medical equipment and the container’s freight to transport the items to Vanuatu. The idea was brought up by their team leader, Junior Issachar, and all the group members supported the idea to provide assistance to VCH.

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