Linen goes a long way
THOUSANDS of linen items have been given out to charities thanks to the work of Rotary Club of Mill Point members.
While travelling around the Pilbara, Chris Herrmann learnt that Rio Tinto had a batch of bed linen that had become surplus to needs and got in touch with fellow members in Perth, finding a number of charities in need.
Mr Herrmann said he did not expect things to move so quickly but the next day he met with the company to view nine pallets of the surplus bed linen.
“I would have been just another voice up here bemoaning the possibility of more wastage if it wasn’t for the enthusiasm and professionalism of the Rotary Club of Mill Point members to make it all happen,” he said.
Mr Herrmann then advised fellow club member Gerry McGann, in the new hastily appointed role of bed linen project co-ordinator, that it would arrive the next day.
Frantic phone calls to anyone who might own a vacant warehouse finally bore fruit with Riccardo Letari, of Toscana, providing a warehouse for a few weeks while Centurion delivered the bed linen from the Pilbara to Perth.
Club members set about doing an inventory then sorted and distributed the linen to eight different charities in Perth, East Timor, Thailand and Laos.
Rotary Club of Mill Point president Alison Thair and member Angus Florence sort the linen.