Lions fundraise for new lifter

KIND DONATION: Lions Club members Dylan Smith, Beryl McGree, Leon Darley, Phil Price, Doug Macdonald, and St Joseph's workers Shu, Karren, and Katelyn.
KIND DONATION: Lions Club members Dylan Smith, Beryl McGree, Leon Darley, Phil Price, Doug Macdonald, and St Joseph's workers Shu, Karren, and Katelyn.

The Lions Club of Port Pirie have fundraised $7000 for a well-needed patient lifter at St Joseph’s House.

The lifter will assist the nurses with moving and weighing residents that can’t stand independently, or who may be bed-bound.

It also enables staff to monitor patient weightloss and nutritional requirements.

Karren Bourke, enrolled nurse at St Joseph’s, says they previously had to work with just one weigh lifter, which was a major inconvenience to staff and patients.

“Having two for our facility is better because we can get on with our work and the needs of the residents.”

The Lions Club began discussion on the project with St Joseph’s House at the beginning of last year.

Phil Price, President of the Lions Club, says that the club agreed upon a project together.

“They said they definitely need a lifter, so we said ‘right, we can do that fairly quickly’.”

Although fundraising for the project was ongoing, the Lions Club received most of their funds through their various local fundraising events, which when combined reached the required amount.

Ms Bourke says that without the Lions Club they wouldn’t have been able to afford such a major item. “A great thank you to them.”