Wexford company and Lions help Nepal quake survivors

David Tucker

Published 12/05/2015 | 00:00

Alan Walsh (Medentech), Triona Barnes (Lions Club President), William Roche (Lions Club Vice President), Michael Gateley (Medentech Head of operations) and Aideen Clancy ( Logistics Medentech) with some of the Aquatab tablets destined for Nepal.
Alan Walsh (Medentech), Triona Barnes (Lions Club President), William Roche (Lions Club Vice President), Michael Gateley (Medentech Head of operations) and Aideen Clancy ( Logistics Medentech) with some of the Aquatab tablets destined for Nepal.

WATER purification tablets manufactured in Wexford have been flow to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to help Nepal's earthquake-stricken people with ten million litres of safe drinking water.

The shipments were arranged through Lions Clubs in Ireland and the UK and Wexford company Medentech which manufactures specialist water purification equipment and Aquatab tablets in Wexford.

The water which can be produced from the shipment, which landed in Kathmandu last weekend, would fill 240 eight-wheel water trucks.

This rapid response to the Nepal earthquake was initiated immediately news of disaster reached Ireland. Terence Mangan, Lions Clubs International Foundation Co-Ordinator in Ireland opened dialogue with Lions in Britain and a joint approach was agreed.

'Speed was of the essence. We knew that we needed to get aid to Nepal rapidly and that water purification was a top priority', Terence said.

Medentech responded immediately to a request for supplies while Sandford Freight organised the logistics.

Michael Gately, Head of Medentech said, 'it is wonderful that a local Wexford company is the recognised global leader in emergency water treatment with our brand Aquatabs.'

'This is just the beginning of Lions response to the disaster,' said Lions District Governor Pat O'Brien.

Wexford Lions Club have so far donated €2,000 to this island-wide appeal.

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