31 Aug 2017

NZ charity working in Solomons finalist for sustainability award

1:21 pm on 31 August 2017

A New Zealand charity working in Solomon Islands has been nominated for a sustainability award.

Solomon Islands RAMSI  ceremony

Photo: RNZ/ Koroi Hawkins

The Take My Hands Charitable Trust has been named one of 12 finalists in the "Partnering for Good" category of the Sustainable Business Network Awards.

The charity was nominated for its work sourcing useable medical supplies and equipment in New Zealand for the Solomon Islands' main hospital in Honiara.

Take My Hands' Janette Earle says their model involves partnering with New Zealand businesses and health boards to try and fill a needs list compiled by the hospital and the Solomons Ministry of Health.

"The first project we sent a 40 foot container of hospital beds that got used in the paediatric wards. And since then we have sent three other 20 foot containers. And all of it has been in response to the needs list that they have sent us. The awesome side of it for us is when we get stories about how it is being used and how it is improving healthcare for people in need over there."

For web: Janette Earle says the charity continues to work in Solomon Islands but has also been to Fiji and Tonga to see what needs exist there and find out if they can do anything to help address them.

The winners of the different categories of the NZI Business Network Awards will be announced at a black tie gala ceremony on Auckland's waterfront on 30th November.