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Fr. Graham mark receiving the equipment from the Managing Director of Willies Electrical Mr. David Iro
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September 12, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] One of the Church of Melanesia pioneer health centres, Fauabu clinic on Malaita in Solomon Islands is a lucky recipient of one of the countrys newly introduced solar hot water systems.

A leading Australian hot water and solar power company Hot Water Guys Proprietary Limited has given away one of its new hot water products to Fauabu and is now heading to its roof tops.

Yesterday, Church of Melanesia who owned and run the clinic took delivery of the system from the company’s Solomon Islands partner, Willis Electrical and Solar Power in Honiara on behalf of the clinic.

Assistant Mission Secretary of the Church Fr. Graham Mark was on hand to receive the 200 litre Chromagen branded copper and steel tank along with its panel.

Fr. Mark thanked the company from Australia for seeing the need to supply the system to Fauabu rural health clinic saying it is a worthy gesture and a priceless gift to the people of Malaita and Solomon Islands.

He commended Willis Electrical and Solar Power Company for facilitating the importation of the equipment through the partnership both companies have recently established.

Managing Director of Willis Electrical and Solar Power Company Mr. David Iro during a brief handover yesterday said Fauabu is very lucky to be picked as one of the first in the country to receive the hot water system.

It was an old connection Mr. David Foster, the Managing Director of the Australian company has with Fauabu as an elctrician that has made possible the donation of such valuable equipment.

The anti-rust copper, steel and glass-enamel system is a new product suitable for medium to large institutions such as hospitals and clinics, schools as well as for household use.

With proper care and maintenance the system currently valued at more than SBD$15,000 can last for up to 25 years.

Solar electricity is a clean, green, environmentally friendly source of power and is always readily available with no fuel bills to burn the pockets.

Willis Electrical and Solar Power Company will carry out a free insatallation for the new system as and when the Church is ready.

Willies Electrical will also carry out technical back up support through is subsidary centre in Malaita under supervision of Hot Water Guys company of Australia.

Fauabu is a Church of Melanesia pioneer health institution established by missionaries and first opened in 1929.

Today the clinic continues to run as a rural health centre providing both outpatient and inpatient services.