Supplies set to help Africa, but funds needed for transport
GLOBAL Care Bundaberg is on a mission to raise $45,000 for medical supplies and educational equipment to Africa.
David Ballard, Head of Global Care Africa, said three shipping containers were sitting at the Gold Coast waiting to go to Zambia, Malawi and Swaziland but they needed to raise money to get them there.
"One of the containers was filled here in Bundaberg," Mr Ballard said.
"We are holding a Dean Vegas - who is the Australian Elvis Presley - concert to raise money on Saturday night."
Mr Ballard said he first visited Africa four years ago and was touched by what he saw especially the medical centre.
"It was a dilapidated old clinic made of mud with an old couch as a medical bed," he said.
"The week before I arrived two ladies went into labour but the lack of equipment forced them to be taken by bullock dray (a cart pulled by bull) to another town.
"Unfortunately both mothers and babies died as a result.
"This touched my heart and I knew I had to do something."
He said to give the average Bundaberg person an idea of what the clinic looked like if they were to imagine a run-down old barn on a farm with nothing but the old couch in it.
"Africa is a vast continent and the average life expectancy of a person over there is 38 for a female and 37 for a male," Mr Ballard said.
"So we are hoping to raise money to help where we can and every penny raised goes to the source.
"If we can raise enough money on Saturday to get one of the containers there, we will be happy."
The Dean Vegas concert will be held at Brothers Sports Club at Saturday at 7.30pm and tickets can be purchased online from http://www.eventbrite.com