August 2020, after the terrible explosion in Beirut, Board Director, Gemma
Pirondini, and I decided to launch this project. In Lebanon, we were able to
rely on the help of two contacts.
following steps had to be taken first :
- Request support from the IW
International Governing Body.
- Conduct inspections of the
badly damaged hospitals by helpful friends in Lebanon. We specifically wanted
to support a non-governmental hospital, which accepted sick people from all
walks of life and all health insurance companies
- Request our
Switzerland-Liechtenstein District Executive Committee to provide us with an IW
donation account for this special purpose.
- Create e-flyers and send
them to all members of the IIW Executive Committee as well as to all Board
Directors and to as many Past Board Directors and National Representatives as
possible with a request for onward distribution and support.
everyone contacted did their best to help our appeal. Donations started
arriving from all over the world soon after. I was particularly proud of the
very generous donations from the Swiss IW Clubs.
January 2021, we had an account balance of CHF 68,000. Based on detailed lists
of urgently needed medical instruments or objects that the two selected
hospitals, Geitaoui and Sœurs des Rosaires sent us (at our request), we were
able to order the following:
|Vascular Doppler||Defibrillator w/o Pacemaker|
|Surgical Light||Syringe Pump|
|Defibrillator with Pacemaker||Volumic Infusion Pump|
|Pulse Oxymeter||Solido Overbed table|
Both the purchase orders and the corresponding instruments and
invoices were reviewed several times on site by various professionals. Payments
were checked, approved and settled by our District Board of Directors.
Gemma and I – thank all Inner Wheel members for their fantastic support and