Raft of support for charity
MISSION: Lions Club members Ian Dow, John Stevenson, John Muller, Allan Braby, Jan
Fennell and Shirley Muller with the zodiac inflatable boat MORE than 50 local volunteers are set to dedicate six months of their lives as Townsville’s Youth With A Mi s s i o n Me d i c a l S h i p h e a d s t o P a p u a N e w Guinea today.
The ship will hit the high seas to provide help for A u s t r a l i a ’ s c l o s e s t neighbour.
The charity charter is s p o r t i n g a b r a n d n e w Zodiac raft thanks to the fundraising efforts of Lions club members across North Queensland. The combined clubs raised more than $ 15,000, which was matched by the the Australian Lions Foundation.
Y W A M m e d i c a l c o - ordinator Hannah Peart said the vessel was a welcome addition to the fundraising fleet.
‘‘ There is a massive need for greater care in remote and isolated areas so anything we can use for trans- port is going to go a long way,’’ she said.
In 2010, the ship provided more than 15,000 health services with the help of more than 20 schools, churches and service organisations.
Ms Peart said the project was continuing to grow.
‘‘ We carried out our pilot project last year for three months and wanted to increase the trip to cater for the need for more assistance,’’ she said.