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Collaboration & Helping Hands

Meet Mike Kaufusi, one of our guys behind the scenes who happily helps out Medical Aid Abroad (MAA). We snapped this lovely pic while he was delivering a load of examination beds recovered from a Medical Centre that was closing in Whangarei.

Mary Ponifasio (MAA) and Mike Kaufusi (Alsco Fresh & Clean)

A Friday night help call from Murray Kerr of MAA to Gavin Smith set up a chain reaction.

Weekend help in  Whangarei by Will Noa, enabled us to store the beds at the Alsco depot until we could get them to Auckland on our daily freighter run, thanks Les Ritete, and then via the Fresh & Clean Store, thanks Susan Cecil & team, to the MAA store in Auckland.

Touched by many hands in the Alsco team, Mike’s timing for the final drop-off couldn’t have been better, as our GGM Mark Roberts was actually at the MAA site delivering their ‘new van’, and was able to assist with the off-loading.

Who knows where these goods will end up. It’s a great story of collaboration to repurpose goods that would have probably otherwise ended up in landfill.


Established in Christchurch (NZ) in 1967, Medical Aid Abroad is a not-for-profit charitable trust which assists health work in developing countries, by donating surplus medical, surgical and pharmaceutical supplies, from within New Zealand.

Goods donated to MAA come from a wide variety of sources, including Alsco, medical centres, pharmacies, hospitals, manufacturers, importers and wholesalers. The majority of these useful goods go the South Pacific region, but supplies also end up much further afield – Asia, Africa and the Middle East.



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