Ambulance donation a boost for Solomons

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on CAPT Taylor Lynch (author), LSIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Location(s): Honiara, Solomon Islands

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01)

St John Ambulance Service Solomon Islands Chairman Sir Douglas Kelson, MBE, MES, CStJ, centre, is presented the keys to an ambulance donated by Australia from Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, right, and Colonel Kim Gilfillan, CSC, in Honiara. (photo: LSIS Kieren Whiteley)
St John Ambulance Service Solomon Islands Chairman Sir Douglas Kelson, MBE, MES, CStJ, centre, is presented the keys to an ambulance donated by Australia from Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, right, and Colonel Kim Gilfillan, CSC, in Honiara.

Australia has donated a fully equipped ambulance to St John Ambulance Service in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The delivery in late October was facilitated by Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide.

After sailing for a week from Brisbane to Solomon Islands, the Mercedes-Benz ambulance, filled to the brim with medical supplies, was lowered by crane onto the wharf in Honiara to be accepted by local St John representatives.
 

 

 
St John Ambulance Service Chairman of the Solomon Islands Douglas Kelson said he was grateful to Australia and the Australian Defence Force for the donation.

“Two years ago we had no ambulance service here, and as the ambulance service develops the load is increasing,” Sir Douglas said.

“The current ambulance we have is doing about 100 cases per month and it’s wearing that vehicle out, so this vehicle is badly needed to spread the workload.

“This particular ambulance will be really useful to the community and there’s a great appreciation.”

Sir Douglas said Solomon Islanders had a great affinity with Australia.

He said that in the build-up to the 2023 South Pacific Games in Honiara, infrastructure assistance such as this donation was paramount to assist the community host a successful event and help boost tourism to the area.