Gaolbreak hitting the news!

Canberra Times has a story today (Saturday) with a photo in their Weekend Canberra Life / Private Capital Section – here is the link:–shake-or-hit-your-way-into-the-guinness-world-record-books-on-the-australia-day-weekend-20150109-12ks8t.html

No doubt everyone saw the cover of the Highlands Post with Peter and his bandido moustache, which followed on the earlier story in the SHN. 2ST news during the week also did a story.

We are also turning up on websites like Mature Traveller:

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Club Member Grant Hannaford – Greetings from Nepal

Grant Hannaford Nepal Eye Camp

Hi Allen

Just touching base to let you know how the trip is progressing. So far we have seen about 6000 patients in the last seven clinic days. The team is bonding well and working hard. I have attached a picture of us setting up for work last Friday, it gives a really good idea of an average worksite for us.

The trip is, as always, very mobile having covered over 500km in our travels so far. It may not seem impressive but the average speed is around 20km/h due to landslides and flood damage and the vehicles do struggle with the terrain.

After tomorrow’s clinic we start the journey home which takes about four days. Along the way I will be stopping in at Banepa to have a look at the hospital, which is due to be opening in January. We are also starting talks about a new project which I am hoping to kick off as a subset of the eye camps work. The University of New South Wales School of Optometry and I are organising to take six final year students to work in the hospital next July, they will stay for up to one month and help out with testing and assisting surgeons. I am also talking to the head optometrist from the School of Optometry at Flinders University to see if we can get them to participate as well. If we can pull it together it will give the local staff access to the most recent training and education.

I hope that this finds you well and please pass on my best regards to the rest of the Club.



Response to Ebola virus crisis in Sierra Leone

In response to the growing Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, the Rotary Club of Berrima District and its corporate partner Ramsay Health Care are making a donation of $5,000 to help local authorities fight the disease. The money will go towards building an isolation ward at the Children’s Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone.

Until recently Bo, a town of 654,000 people, had been free of the virus but a situation report published by the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation on 7 September records 16 deaths. The isolation ward will be vital in helping to prevent the disease spreading further.

The project is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Turramurra, which will receive the donation. Dr Nuli Lemoh, a club member and respected Sydney paediatrician, has harboured a lifelong dream to build a Children’s Hospital in Bo, the largest rural city in his poverty stricken and war-torn homeland.

Sierra Leone has suffered many years of civil war and political instability, leaving this small but densely populated country in a destitute state with frightening child mortality and virtually no health care in rural areas.

Rotary Club of Berrima District president Allen Cupitt said the donation was a fine example of two Rotary clubs working together to improve the health services in developing countries.

Berrima Rotary also operates the project Medical Aid for Oceania and Worldwide, a joint venture between the club and Ramsay Health Care.

Ebola Isolation Ward donation

Photo above: Richard Krohn, of RC Berrima District, in partnership with Southern Highlands Private Hospital CEO, Jenny Harper on behalf of Ramsay Health, present a cheque for $5,000 to assist with building an isolation ward in the Bo Hospital in Sierra Leone.