Graphic: Grab and go bags

Boulder Rotary Club of WA donate care packages for RFDS patients

Date published

17 Jun 2021

For many of our regional patients requiring urgent transfer by the RFDS, there often is little to no time to prepare or pack before being displaced from home.

Shane miller

It’s why our friends at the Rotary Club of Boulder WA have created and donated Grab and Go bags to the RFDS for us to pass on to our patients who fly with us out of our Kalgoorlie base.

Boulder Rotary Club members Aiden and Kim Luke said the inspiration for the care packs came after their son required urgent transfer at night to Perth by the RFDS.

“The bags have been designed for carers of children who have been evacuated quickly to Perth so they have something to give comfort and assistance when they first arrive at hospital,” Aiden told the Kalgoorlie Miner.    

Each bag contains essentials including a toiletry set, bottled water, a $25 EFTPOS card and contact details for the Children’s Hospital and Perth-based Rotary groups.

RFDs Kalgoorlie base regional engagement coordinator Lana Dibello said the packs were developed with patient experience in mind. 

"When you have an unwell child it is very distressing and parents or guardians might not remember to pack everything when they go to Perth," she said. 

"Putting it through the local base in Kalgoorlie makes sure the support remains local and it helps Goldfields families so that's something we're really excited to be able to share with our community."

On behalf of our crews and patients across Western Australia, we thank the Rotary Club of Boulder for their kindness and generosity which no doubt will be felt by our patients.

Photo: RFDS Kalgoorlie senior base nurse Shane Miller says the Grab and Go bags will go a long way for RFDS patients displaced from home.