Mission in action takes on Fijian flavour

HammondCare’s mission to improve quality of life for people in need was recently extended to one of Australia’s international neighbours.

Miranda aged care home maintenance manager Ravinesh Chand returned to his roots at the end of April, donating 26 electric beds to Labasa Hospital in Fiji.

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Inspired generosity 

Mr Chand grew up in the Macuata province of the Vanua Levu, the northern of Fiji’s two main islands. This trip marked the third time in the last three years that Mr Chand has visited his former local hospital with supplies donated by HammondCare.

While his first donation was in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston, Mr Chand explained that his generosity was inspired by personal tragedy.

“In 1999 my mother was very sick and when I took her to the Labasa Hospital there was no beds available that night,” he said.

“We had to wait in the corridor and later that night she passed away.

“Since then I always thought, being originally from Macuata, I will give back to my people so that patients have a place to rest and seen by medical professionals comfortably.”

His latest donation, which featured other medical equipment including a lifter, was collected from three HammondCare facilities across NSW Braeside Hospital in Sydney's west, Woy Woy dementia home on the Central Coast, and Strathearn aged care in the Hunter region.  

Transportation of the equipment was organised by the Fiji High Commission in Canberra and facilitated by Gibson Freight.

Helping provide public medical services 

Labasa Hospital acting medical superintendent, Dr Mikaele Mua, told the Fiji Sun that he was grateful for the support.

“We have been facing a shortage of beds and with this current donation it will give us lot of assistance and boost in terms of providing better medical services to the public,” Dr Mua said.

“Currently we have 185 beds and these beds will be distributed to the maternity ward, the men’s and women’s medical ward.

“In the past we’ve had to use the corridors but now with this assistance, it will make our work much easier and patients can sleep comfortably.”

Mr Chand moved to Australia in 2007. This month marks his tenth anniversary working for HammondCare.

Each year he returns to Fiji, donating his time with a team of Australian doctors at Sai Medical Camp. He encouraged other Australians to support our Pacific neighbour.

“Every little bit will make a lot of difference to people’s life in Fiji, so please be generous,” he said.

“I heartily thank HammondCare for their ongoing support.” 

Read more on Fiji Sun Online.