EcoCARE RSS Feed http://ecocare.org.nz//rss/ Unexpected Loss of a Trustee http://ecocare.org.nz/unexpected-loss-of-a-trustee/ <p align="left"> </p> <p align="left">My introduction to Nigel was over a beer (between the morning and lunchtime service) at his restaurant with Tim Phillips (co-founder) and Janine Bailey (trustee). It soon became obvious to me that Nigel was a kindred spirit. You know, one those odd people that continues to believe that somehow the world can be a better place because of the actions of each and every one of us. That somehow we can determine the future through the love that we carry with us and the compassion that we show one another. It was almost immediately obvious that Nigel was the essence of compassion and humility while at the same time this man liked to have fun and to laugh. You know that infectious laugh and that smile that lights the room. Did I get along with Nigel? Yeeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppppppppp I sure did!</p> <p align="left">It wasn’t long after we met that Nigel became a trustee of EcoCARE and he was immediately into action. He had heard of a few bits and pieces that had been decommissioned by the local health board and were likely to be dumped. These bits and bobs included: 18 Hospital Beds, 4 Dentist/ Examination lights with wall Mounts, 1 Theatre operating light, 20 W/Chair, 10 stainless Basins, 5 Lifting hoist, 2 Ivac pumps, 1 Autoclave, 1 Sterilizer, 1 Endoscopy equipment cleaning machine, 6 x-ray screen, 20 plaster boxes, 20 boxes of bit/pieces that is lab tubes/swaps, dressing, plaster, etc., 10 + chairs, 3 Commode Chairs, 1 Over bed table, 5 Foot stools, 3 Arm Chairs, 4 - Linen Bag holders, 5 Stainless Steel trolleys, 1 Bedside Cabinet, 30 Bed Mattresses, 4 Handrail frames for toilet/shower walls, 5 wooden trolley, 4 stretchers, 1 traction bed, Food warmer, Toaster, Iv stand, Monkey bar/ beds rail, Scales, Walkers and walking sticks.</p> <p align="left">Nigel took it upon himself to acquire, organize the storage of these valuable goods, he sourced funding for the freight, co-ordinated the local Tongan community to assist with loading of these goods, organized the shipping of these goods to their destination in Tonga and managed to negate import duties and taxes so that there was no financial burden to the Ministry of Health in Tonga.</p> <p align="left"> Since those early days of Nigels initiation into EcoCARE philosophy he has taken the bull by the horns ringing me at all sorts of hours to discuss fantastic ideas and to develop amazing plans. Whenever we would chat I could feel the fire of desire burning its way through the ether. Nigel had a huge ambition to make things happen and an immense eagerness to play a major role in positively affecting people’s lives.</p> <p align="left">In conclusion then I think that Jay Danzie ‘s quote is most appropriate to describe Nigel:</p> <p align="left"><em>“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you make others feel after an experience with you becomes your trademark”.</em></p> <p align="left">If you were lucky enough to spend time with Nigel then you were lucky enough to experience the joy that was his trademark.</p> <p align="left">The world has lost a good and caring person.</p> <p align="left">Travel well Nigel.</p> Sun, 03 May 2015 12:01:40 +1000 Russell Taylor http://ecocare.org.nz/unexpected-loss-of-a-trustee/