Rotary Club Gozo donates €16,000 in equipment to FSEG
|Email item||Print item||
Caring for the elderly and infirm is an increasing problem on Gozo and the Rotary Club Gozo said that more people than ever are now turning for help to the charity, ‘The Friends of the Sick and the Elderly in Gozo’ (FSEG).
This worthy cause has just benefited from a major donation from Rotary Club Gozo, who raised the funds internationally.
At a special handover ceremony held recently, The Rotary Club Gozo President Marie Grech presented the Chairman of the FESG, Prof. John Pace, with seven orthopaedic beds, seven electric patient lifters, wheelchairs and other sundry items.
The FSEG provides a service of aid specifically for people in the comfort and security of their homes, thus avoiding the trauma of going into hospital.
“The queue for equipment to help home carers is increasing and this welcome addition from Rotary came just in time,” the FSEG said.
Rotary Club Gozo, under President Marie Grech, managed to secure funding from Rotary District 2110 (Sicily and Malta) ans Rotary District 3150 (Andhra Pradesh State , India), who, in turn, engaged Rotary International.
This global body enables “Matching Grants” through Rotary Foundation, whereby locally-generated finance is matched and, thereby, doubled for good causes. By this means $20,000 was raised, equating approximately to €16,000, which was used by the club to purchase the necessary equipment.
The generosity of Rotary was acknowledged by Prof Pace. “We have a problem with an ageing population which is getting bigger – but not necessarily better. The FSEG has been going now for 25 years and the demand for our services is increasing day by day.”
Prof. Pace concluded, “this equipment, kindly donated by Rotary, will really help. It will be taken up within a week!”