Christina Fast - SPECTrust
How do we know Christina? It’s all thanks to Jane McIntosh, so read on!
For thirteen years Dave and I lived on Pender Island, one of the Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea, off the coast of British Columbia. We loved the small community, the laid-back lifestyle and the many interesting people we met. Dave began a woodchopping service, helping anyone who needed help with their winter fuel supply.
One day, he had a call from Jane McIntosh, who had moved to Pender fairly recently and soon after lost her husband. She and her late husband had always believed they would spend a couple of years of their life working on the Africa Mercy Ships. These hospital ships transform the lives of people in low income nations, performing operations by the hundreds every year, completely staffed with volunteers who pay their own way. Jane wanted to fulfill her dream and with the support of Dave and his merry choppers, off she went to work on the ship. Her specialty was sterilizing the operating instruments and she sent a blog on a regular basis to us, to let us know what was happening on the ship and in Sierra Leone, which was the ship’s location.
Along came Christina Fast.
Her experience on board the Mercy Ships and especially her visits to some of the hospitals where she saw the lack of sterilization procedures led her to found SPECTrust, ‘Sterile Processing Education Charitable Trust’). The trust was established to support education related to effective sterile processing and infection control practices in hospitals and clinics in developing countries such as Guinea, Sierra Leone, Congo and Madagascar.