Food delivery trolleys at Central Gippsland Health Service in Sale and Maffra have a new look and a new lease of life, thanks to a significant donation from the annual bike relay from Sale to Lake Tyers and back.
The ride raised $13,000 for the health service, with the nominated project to improve the efficiency and safety of the food service trolleys.
The steel framed trolleys are used extensively to deliver meals and morning and afternoon refreshments at Sale and Maffra.
After discussion with staff it was decided the donation would be used to upgrade four of the trolleys by adding a small electric drive motor, better steering apparatus and pot holders for better safety when transporting hot beverages.
CGHS Food Services Manager David Askew said the staff were delighted with the result, which provided much improved health and safety as well as more efficiency.
“The trolleys are quite large and when full carry around 70 plus kilograms of food and beverages, including hot drinks and hot water,”
“The motor means each one is now self-propelled and we have added larger wheels so they are much easier to manoeuvre and no pushing is required.”
The decision to refurbish the existing trolleys rather than purchase new models has allowed the health service to refurbish the equipment at Maffra and Sale.
One of the bike ride organisers, Shirley Mowat, said the group was very pleased with the outcome and delighted it could provide equipment improvements across both campuses.
"We are already starting to think about this year's event, which is again planned for November and we are keen to involve as many people as possible"
In the bike relay, riders travel in teams to journey from Sale to Lake Tyers. The group stays overnight then undertakes the return trip the following day.
It has been running successfully for more than 20 years as a fund raising event for the health service.
Food Services staff show Ted and Marg Pickering the updated trolleys. From left are Robyn Holmes, Ted Pickering, Marg Pickering, Linda Munnings and Robyn Dingwall.
|Ted and Marg Pickering get a quick lesson in how to operate the updated food trolleys from Robyn Holmes|