As the Ebola crisis unfolds, much as we would like, we do not have human resources for it. However, I heard from the Information Minister that beds were desperately needed. 1,000 of them.
We have sent well over 2,000 beds to West Africa in the past 14 years. However, to find 1,000 beds would certainly be a challenge, maybe even a miracle but I figured that we could tackle this request as well as provide hospital linen and supplies. So we are pursuing across the country. As well, we are hoping to find a way to airlift them; they need them now, not in 3 months time. However we are ready to begin shipping immediately.
One of our corporate sponsors, Rick Diamond, of Diamond Group of Companies, told me the other day that he thought he was crazy, but after my email sharing my plan to send 1,000 beds to Liberia, he figured I was crazier!!! Diamond Delivery will help us get these beds and supplies to a loading site. Our first 13 skids of linen are soon ready to go. Beds are available from Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Kamloops and Saskatoon. We have located 40 cruise line lounge chairs that can be bleached. I figure why not? It gets patients off the ground.
Seaspan is generously waiving all of their barge fees, cutting the cost of shipping these desperately needed supplies I am in touch with Mark Warawa and Rich Coleman’s offices and we are very grateful for their ongoing support.
We need your support. Right now. We’re ready to ship three containers as soon as funding is available.