Med­i­cal mercy mis­sion to Viet­nam

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his time at the sta­tion, in­clud­ing work­ing on the sta­tion’s 40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions last year.

“RTRFM has been for­tu­nate that Stu has ded­i­cated him­self to work­ing for the sta­tion that gave his band, in­deed gives vir­tu­ally all WA orig­i­nal bands, their first airplay,” he said.

“Fair­bridge Fes­ti­val, like RTRFM, is a trea­sured com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion and we couldn’t be hap­pier to see Stu take the lead­er­ship skills he has honed with us to lead­ing the fes­ti­val to greater heights.”

RTRFM is now look­ing for its next gen­eral man­ager, with de­tails and ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est ex­pected soon.

“It’s go­ing to be some­one who can multi-task and spin a lot of plates at once,” Mr MacLeod said. FOR Univer­sity of Notre Dame’s sec­ond year med­i­cal stu­dents, a trip to Viet­nam in Novem­ber is any­thing but a hol­i­day.

Ishi Lath is part of Vol­un­teer Viet­nam, a stu­dent-run char­ity that raises money and col­lects med­i­cal equip­ment for a clinic in Viet­nam.

She said the char­ity be­gan 10 years ago.

“The clinic is run by Dr Phan and his wife,” she said.

“He trained in France and is a vas­cu­lar sur­geon. “He is run­ning this free clinic for peo­ple who can’t af­ford treat­ment.

“There are lots of HIV pa­tients.”

A group of stu­dents will travel to the coun­try to de­liver med­i­cal equip­ment.

Miss Lath said she was ex­cited to go and see how the equip­ment would help.

“Last year’s stu­dents were say­ing how they got there and within an hour of be­ing at the clinic, the IV flu­ids were put to use to save some­one in surgery,” she said.

“This year we are bring­ing an ECG ma­chine, blood pres­sure mon­i­tors, ster­ile fields.

“Cur­rently they are us­ing the in­side of ster­ile gloves to lay the pa­tient on to make it ster­ile; it’s the best they can do.”

The In­gle­wood res­i­dent, who is the pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer for the char­ity, said she did not re­alise how bad the sit­u­a­tion was.

“When I first got in­volved, it was from the per­spec­tive I want to help peo­ple, go to an­other coun­try and see what the health­care is like,” she said.

“I feel like that is some­thing I can take away, that I have done some­thing in my life that wasn’t to do with my­self but for other peo­ple.”

Peo­ple who would like to donate can visit https://chuffed.org/proj ect/vol­un­teer-viet­nam2018.

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