Li­nen goes a long way

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.

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