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Mosman Rotary Club Donates 300,000 Face Masks to Vietnam

The strong relationship between the Mosman Rotary Club and Rotary in Vietnam means our local club is well placed to provide assistance. And with parts of Vietnam emerging from a three-month lockdown there’s never been a greater time to deliver aid.

Mosman Rotary Club has been a leading service organisation on the North Shore of Sydney since it was formed over 60 years ago. Members contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long term projects both within Australia and across the globe. Each project has its own specific humanitarian aims but common to all is a desire to make the world a better place. Examples include disease prevention and treatment, disaster relief, water and sanitation.

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Mosman Rotary Club members out and about in the community. Image: Mosman Rotary

In June, Mosman Rotarian and Past District Governor Danny Low approached the club about a source of surplus face masks. There was great demand for masks in Vietnam where, despite initial strong efforts at controlling the pandemic, there were rapidly increasing COVID case numbers.

The Board agreed to arrange supply from the Medical Repurposing Network (a project of the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove). They also supported logistics and freight costs to Vietnam of a 20-foot container with 300,000+ KN95 face masks.

Face masks in boxes in Vietnam
The face masks arrive in Vietnam

The shipment arrived and was distributed to two different provinces. The face masks were received with great appreciation by Rotarians in Vietnam. There is a strong releationship between the two countries. Australia has been sending Hand Surgery teams to Vietnam for over 20 years.  They perform operations and hold training courses for surgeons.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Mosman, visit https://wp.mosmanrotary.org.au/