Guyana Burn and Health Care Foundation receive two decommissioned ambulances
The Regional Municipality of York today donated two decommissioned ambulances to Guyana Burn and Health Care Charitable Foundation to enhance ambulatory care in the South American country of Guyana.
“York Region is pleased to have the opportunity to make this charitable donation to help support international relief in Guyana,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “Through partnerships with local community agencies such as the Guyana Burn and Health Care Charitable Foundation, York Region can help provide assistance to developing countries in need.”
Guyana Burn and Health Care Foundation is a Canadian charity providing assistance to developing countries in the Caribbean. Over the past 14 years, they have built and equipped a critical burn unit and provided the Georgetown Public Hospital in Guyana with reconditioned medical equipment donated by Canadian medical centres. The two ambulances donated by York Region will replace the emergency vehicles currently used in Guyana, which are retrofitted mini buses with seats removed.
“We are very fortunate in York Region to have fully-equipped ambulances staffed with highly-trained paramedics at our service 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora. “Through the donation of two decommissioned ambulances, York Region is contributing to the improvement of health care for Guyana’s residents and families.”
York Regional Council authorized the donation of two decommissioned ambulances to the Guyana Burn and Health Care Charitable Foundation earlier this year.
“The Guyana Burn and Health Care Foundation is very grateful for this generous donation on the part of York Region,” said Harry Harakh, president, Guyana Burn and Health Care Charitable Foundation. “These ambulances will significantly improve ambulance care in Guyana and ultimately help save lives.”
Decommissioned ambulances may be donated to registered not-for-profit, community or international humanitarian organizations that offer services supported by York Region. As part of the 2012 ambulance decommissioning strategy, York Region will decommission 11 ambulances, three of which are eligible for donation. Ambulances not donated are typically sold through auction once they have exceeded 250,000 kilometres.
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Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York