On January 17, 2012, MedShare’s Western Region shipped a container of medical supplies and equipment to Tonga. The Tonga Government posted a press release announcing this shipment, and we wanted to share it with you. (To view the original, click here.)
MedShare Made 2nd Shipment of Medical Aid
On the 17th of January 2012, award-winning charity MedShare shipped a 40-foot ocean container of medical supplies and equipment designated for the two island groups of Niuatoputapu and ‘Eua, in Tonga.
Lord Tuita, Consul General of the Kingdom of Tonga in San Francisco, attended the shipment ceremony.
Lord Tuita, Tonga Consul General, San Francisco; Taylor Butterfield; Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, MedShare's Western Region
This container of critically-needed medical supplies and equipment was coordinated (including the seafreight) by Taylor Butterfield from Sacramento, California, who has undertaken this project as a part of his Boy Scout Eagle Award.
This is the 2nd container of medical supplies and equipment that has been sent by MedShare to the Kingdom.
Tonga Consul General Lord Tuita with Executive Director, MedShare W. Region) during the ceremony marking MedShare's second shipment of medical aid to Tonga
MedShare is an innovative non-profit organization and operates California’s first large-scale surplus medical supply recycler which mobilizes tons of excess medical supplies through cooperation with various manufacturers and its 29 local partner hospitals.
Founded in 1998, MedShare is consistently ranked as one of the United States most efficient charities, and has successfully delivered over 750 containers of aid to 90 developing nations.
Yesterday, our Western Region successfully loaded and shipped two containers to Libya. These containers represent our 8th and 9th shipments to Libya.
Community volunteers, guests and MedShare staff all took great pride in being a part of this momentous day. We shared with those gathered the importance of the medical supplies and equipment being sent to the Libyan people.
Staff and volunteers with the shipment
Boxes loaded on the container
Loading the container
We send our best wishes to those hospitals, and the medical professionals and care-givers that will be receiving and using this humanitarian aid.
On June 29, 2011, we shipped a container of medical supplies and equipment for emergency relief to Tripoli Central Hospital in Libya. This was the first of six projects generously sponsored by the HOPE International Relief and Development Agency, a non-profit that has set up a special Libyan Relief Fund with the objective of providing emergency aid to Libyan people facing violence and medical and food supply shortages.
The container arrived yesterday, and they kindly sent photos of its arrival and unloading that we wanted to share with you. See below:
Arrival of container
Libyans with the container
Prior to unloading
Thanks to all those who helped make this shipment possible. We are hopeful these supplies will indeed benefit those suffering in Libya.