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AUSTRALIA’S biggest Mercedes-Benz dealer group, LSH Auto Australia, has donated a third van to Street Side Medics as part of its support for the homeless.

Street Side Medics operate mobile clinics across the city treating ailments and sickness amongst the homeless.   

The donation was recently viewed by Governor General David Hurley and Mrs Hurley at one of the charity’s regular clinics in Parramatta. The Governor General also met with Street Side Medics Founder and 2022 Young Australian of the Year, Dr Daniel Nour. 

Dr Nour guided Mr and Mrs Hurley through the services provided to the homeless, highlighting that the third mobile clinic is allowing Street Side Medics a broader reach across greater Sydney, providing vital health care and support for those living in difficult circumstances. 

John Good and Dr Daniel Nour with one of the Street Side Medics van

The new mobile clinic joins two others provided by LSH Auto Australia. Managing director, John Good, said LSH’s support of Street Side Medics was a major part of its commitment to being a valued community member. 

“We were honoured that the official launch of the service, in May 2020, took place at our Mercedes-Benz Sydney facility,” Mr Good said.

“As we see Street Side Medics expand, we will continue that support. To have the Governor General so interested and supportive of what Street Side Medics are doing is a great testament to community contribution Daniel and his team continue to make.” 

Since hitting the streets of Sydney with their first van, Dr Nour and his team of volunteers have provided thousands of consultations and have become a vital part of minimising the health challenges faced by those living on our streets or finding themselves without the ability to obtain medical support.

Governor General David Hurley and Mrs Hurley with Street Side Medics founder Dr Daniel Nour

With the third Street Side Medics mobile clinic van already in operation, adding to the support that the charity is delivering across Sydney, the charity and supporters are discussing the opportunities to expand services to other major cities. 

An expansion that could help attend to the needs of a growing and entrenched number of people who find themselves living on our streets.   

Dr Nour said that the visit from the Governor General was an excellent recognition of the work the charity has been doing and a great boost for the team. 

“From the start we knew that this project would not work without two key elements, a willing volunteer medical team and business support,” he said.

“We are very grateful to have enthusiastic participants on both fronts. Obviously, without the partnership with LSH Auto we would have found it more difficult to quickly expand from just the one mobile clinic. 

“LSH’s support, and that of other corporate contributors, has been central to our provision of services to many more clients across a broader geographic area. We welcome continued support as we look at opportunities to further expand.”

By Neil Dowling

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