Breanne King helping deliver gloves to Ladysmith Community Health Centre (Submitted photo)

Ladysmith Rotary Club donates 2,000 gloves to Ladysmith Health Centre

Due to a typo, the Rotary Club ended up with 3,500 gloves. Enough to last them 10 years

Sometimes, stuff happens and things just work out for the better.

A case in point was when the Rotary Club of Ladysmith needed to re-order food-safe gloves a few months ago. We require and use the gloves when we put on our community food concessions at Festival of Lights, Ladysmith Days, etc.

Our supply was getting low and we put in a rush order to replenish our inventory of 350 gloves just before Light-Up. As it turned out, due to a typo, or perhaps karma, we ended up with about 3500 gloves. According to Paul Williams, Director of Community Service, enough to last for 10 years! Turns out they were also powder-free nitrile examination gloves, in other words, medical-grade.

When Rotary President, Sandra Milne heard on the radio that the local medical community was in search of donations of spare protection equipment, such as masks and gloves she notified the Community Services Committee.

A few phone calls later, we connected with health care providers at the Nanaimo Regional Hospital, Cowichan District Hospital, Safecare BC, and the Ladysmith Community Health Centre. On Thursday of this week, with the assistance of the Ladysmith Secondary School Interact Club (a club sponsored by LSS and Rotary), we delivered some 2000 gloves to our Ladysmith Community Health Centre.

Sarah Westgate, one of the leaders at the Centre, was very grateful and told us Ladysmith Community Health Centre has daily contact with the larger hospitals in our area and that they are well positioned to distribute the gloves as needed.

Sometimes, stuff happens. It this case, the glove fit perfectly!

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