The Coffs Coast Freemasons Association has donated six new lightweight wheelchairs to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
The donation, valued at more than $4000, is part of a state-wide Masonicare initiative to donate wheelchairs to public hospitals in rural and regional NSW. The cost of the chairs is shared, dollar-for-dollar, with participating Masonic Lodges.
Coffs Coast Freemasons Association Chairman Phil Robertson said the Masons were delighted to help mobilise patients at Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
“It’s a big hospital so we are thrilled we could make such a practical donation that makes it a little easier for patients with mobility issues to move around the site,” Mr Robertson said.
“The wheelchair program has been a great success, helping hospitals right around the state, including our nearby neighbours at Bellingen and Macksville.
“It’s practical support for rural communities through their local public hospital.”
Also present for the handover was Association Secretary Gary Chandler and Coffs Harbour Health Campus’ Acting Patient Support Services Manager Kalinda Gosewisch.
“This donation is such a practical gift to our hospital,” Ms Gosewisch said.
“The chairs, which really are an essential piece of equipment for patients who have had falls, injuries or illness that impact on their mobility, are lightweight, easy to manoeuvre and they look great.
“Thank you doesn’t seem sufficient, but we are truly grateful to the Freemasons for their ongoing support.
“These amazing new wheelchairs are making a big difference to our patients and their carers.”
The wheelchairs are easily identifiable with the hospital’s name, Masonicare and Freemasons NSW/ACT emblazoned across the back. The branding will also help the hospital retain its wheelchair stocks.