The National : NOV DEC 2016
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2016 61 Your purchase of Little Blue Towels will help the OTIS Foundation to continue its work and expand the number of retreats it offers. Bendigo Bank has been a wonderful support and throughout October sold 30,000 towels – they ran out of stock. Hospital and bank staff have driven this initiative and are very invested in it. Little Blue Towels are now being collected from participating Hospitals across Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, throughout the Public and Private sectors. “And therein lies the rub!” Little Blue Towels are a victim of their own success and they are asking for help. Dr Hays has pre- viously been going from hospital to hospital collecting the towels, and then others joined him but as the number of hospitals comes on board, and distances between pick up and processing increase, it is becoming a bit of a monster. Collection issues at hospitals are three fold: 1) Distance and locations 2) Volume and Scheduling 3) Access Dr Hays said Paul Newbery and Ralf Pelz at Cabrini Linen Service have been great, but they can’t be expected to handle the growing number of locations, the volume, and it is time to look at a more managed form of network. There was some discussion amongst Members at the meeting about logistics, how these can be done. Clear plastic bags? Wheely bins, 240lt, provided to hospitals? Can the bins be stored in a convenient place for staff, out of the way? Could they be sponsored? Access for pickup is often a difficulty. Maybe a Hotline number to your laundry representative “We have a bin pick up”. Richard Phillips from Laundry Mates said there are good reasons to get on board. 1) Track record - proven charities 2) Helps reduce landfill dramatically 3) Traction with the public through hospitals and social media 4) Looking to doing similar interstate 5) Can give recognition to people and companies involved 6) Helps hospitals 7) Helps reduce landfill dramatically 8) Feel good factor 9) Creates employment for the disability sector, takes nothing away from the commercial sector Dr Hays asked “So what do we want? What are we asking? “We want you, commercial or hospital launderers, to pick up and launder these towels, and send them to a depot for transport to pick up points so the disability group can quickly access them for packing.” There was discussion on the type of bag and it was agreed plain clear plastic was the only suitable one, as there was a need to ensure they didn’t get mixed in with the plant laundry. It was agreed that in addition to participating laundries, the Ambulance Service which terminates at Cabrini Hospital might be utilised, as well as the Corrective Services group. If you would like to get involved, contact Little Blue Towels: please contact 0438 113 323. Lots of details on the flier. firstname.lastname@example.org www.littlebluetowels.com.au Launderers and Allied Traders are full Members of LAA. Some took the time to come from Interstate to attend the meeting.
SEPT OCT 2016