After 33 sea containers, the Crew still feel excited when the next one arrives… C34 is on site!
Last Saturday was quite overwhelming with so many deliveries that the guys struggled to keep up!
Next Saturday the challenge will be even greater… to sort & load them tightly.
Beth, Peter, Michael & Tony arrived from RC Rockingham with an amazing quantity of brilliant medical equipment… a truck + ute + trailer load including:
- 50 walkers
- arm loads of crutches
- 2 hospital beds
- anatomical body-part models for training (male & female)
- rehab/surgical chairs
- zimmer frames
- shower chairs & shower stools
- & more
At one point a disembodied head was seen alone on the tailgate!
Two Peter’s arrived with 2 loads – stationery cupboards, padded bench seats, lockers, heavy duty mail bags, under-bench filing drawers, whiteboards/pin boards – and brickies tools/equipment & electric fans in the other load. Tom & Scruff were there again too with toys, sports gear & kitchenware.
Lori took out the award for the most unusual item of the day – a non-contact tonometer for measuring corneal thickness – that will head to an eye clinic. But also a projector screen & a large high powered scientific lamp.
Ventura Home Group, via Fernando of our Packing Crew donated new:
- stove tops
- lamps & furnishings
…from their display homes. Very generous – thanks, Ventura.
Timor Friend, Rosa, has knitted more beautiful wooly rugs & baby jackets for those in the mountains where it can be quite cool, while Denni brought pillows & linen.
John delivered large bags of sewing fabrics that Fremantle Soroptomists collect & pack for the project. Timor sewing groups will be delighted with them.
And all these generous donations of great goods are ongoing for Timor.
Once people visit the project onsite & understand what we do & how we work, they are always keen to help further. There are relatively few of us working this project for the 23 tonnes we pack into each ‘box’ – last Saturday just 9 of us – so it was great to welcome Ken’s new face & extra hands, keen to help load each week from now on.
And while the donations got a tad out of hand, another Crew from RC Como were hard at work prepping the Working Container for a facelift – removing rust, flaking paint & stencils ready for fresh paint on a cooler day – the metal boxes get so hot.
Huge thanks to all the scrubbers & scrapers for a top class job – Steph, Dan, Andy, Sak, Kingsley & pooch, Marielle, Adelaide & Clementine.
You were all brilliant!
Last week, our thanks again to One World Uniforms for a Prado-sized load of top quality new school uniforms now safely packed into C34. Dave added 15 sacks of linen for orphanages. And at long last we began clearing the shed, moving out school desks, bicycles & work stations stored for way too long. Mike & John plan to fill it up again next Tuesday with computers, bookcases & more school uniforms – but hopefully not for long.
Some of us dream the shed will be empty one day – and others of us just have nightmares!