Raft of sup­port for char­ity

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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