Rotarians send ambulance to Philippines

Claire Henderson who is working in the Philipinnes with Helping Hands is welcomed to Lurgan Rotary Club by Peter Ryan and the members who are supporting their work by helping to fund a mini bus. INLM2712-122gc
Claire Henderson who is working in the Philipinnes with Helping Hands is welcomed to Lurgan Rotary Club by Peter Ryan and the members who are supporting their work by helping to fund a mini bus. INLM2712-122gc

THE Rotary Club of Lurgan have paid for a new ambulance for children in the Philippines in what could be the club’s first international mission.

Although the rotary club is long-established as an international organisation, the Lurgan branch had up until recently only distributed aid locally.

Peter Ryan, Foundation Chair of the Rotary Club of Lurgan, commented: “I’ve been a rotarian for 35 years and I think this is the first international project we’ve been involved in.

“The club have raised £22,000 to buy a new ambulance for Helping Hands mission based in Olongapo in the Philippines. The mission is run by Claire Gaudy-Henderson from Moira.

“Some members of our rotary club may be going out to the Philippines when the ambulance is being handed over.”

Through the Helping Hands mission, children who are coming out of hospital are provided with a room in a rest home before going back to their communities.

It was set up to address the issue of there being no free health care in the Philippines.