Safety rails off to Mangaia

Friday February 01, 2019 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Safety rails off to Mangaia

The elderly and people with disability (Elderbility) living on the island of Mangaia will soon receive “grab hand rails” that will help out with daily usual routines of their lives.


Co-ordinator of the project and president of Hospital Comforts Betty Bailey says she had contacted the president of the Mangaia Elderbility Services Gill Vaiimene to see what was specifically needed.

Vaiimene had responded that hand rails would greatly assist those who need the extra support getting in and out of the shower, and up from the bathroom seat.

Bailey got in touch with New Zealand’s CE Lawfords Ltd who manufacture the hand rails, who invited her to contact their representative David Lunny who fortunately was visiting the island at the time.

Keen to assist with the Elderbility Services on Mangaia, the NZ company donated the hand rails.

CITC General manager Gaye Whitta organised the freight to Rarotonga, with managing director of Air Rarotonga Ewan Smith arranging transportation of the cargo to the island, and Sokala Villa’s Susan Wichman taking care of the correspondence.

Bailey is thankful to the sponsors who contributed to the much needed 20 shower hand rails and 23 bathroom seat hand rails; the remaining 17 hand rails is destined for Mitiaro, at a later date.

Via an email, Vaiimene

is pleased and appreciative of the hand rails that will make life easier for who need them on Mangaia; she adds, staff at Infrastructure are willing to install the much needed rails in the homes they have been allocated to.

                - Melina Etches

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