Rotary Club of Erin helps Family Health Team buy vaccination fridge

ERIN – East Wellington Family Health Team (EWFHT) officials say they are very grateful to the Rotary Club of Erin for its generous donation of $4,000 for the purchase of a vaccine fridge for the Erin clinic.

The donation allows the health clinic to protect valuable vaccines, using equipment that is more reliable, with more precise temperature control and supply safeguards, EWFHT officials say.

Mary Cunningham, acting president of the Erin Rotary Club, also sits on the family health team board of directors.

“I became aware of the need for funds to replace the existing 12-year-old, sub-par fridge used for vaccines,” Cunningham said.

“I took that to Erin Rotary and they jumped on the chance to help with something so worthwhile and necessary.”

Cunningham noted that last year Erin Rotary donated $10,000 to the foodbank run by East Wellington Community Services.

Nurses Joanne den Engelsman, left, and Michelle Dick pose with the East Wellington Family Health Team’s new vaccination fridge. Submitted photo


“We are so fortunate to have service clubs in our community like the Rotary Club, who understand how important contributing to the wellness of our community is,” stated Kim Bell, executive director of EWFHT.

“Members of Rotary Club, Erin, are leaders in our community. Thank you for all you do for EWFHT, but also other charities and initiatives that work to make our community a healthy place to live.”

EWFHT clinics receive core funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, but the funding does not cover all clinic needs.

In order to purchase specialty equipment such as the vaccine fridge and to support some of the community health programming, the EWFHT depends on donations from the community.

Those wanting to make a donation to EWFHT can do so through its partnership with Canada Helps (follow the link through the “donate now” button at

EWFHT is a registered charity and tax receipts will be provided via Canada Helps for all donations.