Southtowne Eugene Supports Ukraine With Medical Supplies

In support of Ukraine, the Southtowne Eugene Rotary Club sent medical supplies overseas this past weekend and they're planning to do it again.

by Kierstin Lindkvist and KVAL.com Staff on a televised report of March 24

April 5, 2022 — In support of Ukraine, the Southtowne Eugene Rotary Club sent medical supplies overseas this past weekend and they’re planning to do it again. The medical supplies are coming from local hospitals like McKenzie Willamette and Riverbend, and would otherwise end up in the landfill.  Click here to watch KVAL-TV of Eugene and their coverage of the effort.

Most of the materials being donated are emergency use items like crutches, bandages, and syringes. They said the last shipment was sent in two 40-foot trucks. Right now, they are overfilled with supplies and are more than happy to donate to relief efforts in Ukraine.

“On a Sunday afternoon when people in their retirement age come out and help move boxes, that’s a sign of the depth of their conscience and their motivation to help people they’ve never met,” said the Club’s Aubyn Marath.

That next shipment for Poland is scheduled for Thursday of next week. The Rotary and CardioStart International have been shipping medical supplies to developing countries over the last 10 years. Due to global shipping constraints, they can’t ship certain materials.

“We have $60,000 worth of antiseptic that we can’t send because the air cargo transport system won’t accept anything with alcohol in it,” Marath said. “And that’s their decision and a problem. But to ship it to Eastern Poland to go to Ukraine would be even more difficult at the moment because they have blocked access to the ships.”

They say they have a surplus of supplies and are happy to donate all that they can, whether that goes to field medical work or to the hospitals.

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