Lacluta Friends and friends pitch in By JAMIE KRONBORG
MYRTLEFORD’S Friends of Lacluta drew strong support and raised $6000 for on-going development work in a Timor Leste community of the same name at a dinner in Club Savoy on October 14.
Co-organiser Barbara Broz said the Friends – who work across Alpine and Wangaratta municipalities to aid families, schools and kitchen garden horticultural pursuits in the villages of remote Lacluta, south east of Dili – had been delighted by the turn-out.
Alpine mayor Ron Janas and Glenda Janas attended, together with Wangaratta mayor Ken Clarke and author, Mudgegonga farmer and former deputy prime minister and ambassador Tim Fischer, who made an impromptu speech.
Harrietville’s Lisa Lukey was the guest speaker and described her experiences as a nurse volunteer on a mercy ship treating West African people, on-board and on-shore, who lack access to leading medical treatment.
The organisation known as Mercy Ships is a global charity which operates converted passenger ships in which there can be up to 80 patient beds.
One of the ships has projected annual medical capacity for 7000 surgical procedures, including cataract removal and lens implants, tumour treatment, cleft lip and palate reconstruction, orthopaedic procedure and obstetric fistula repair.
The ship-hospital contains a CT scanner, X-ray, laboratory services MERCY: Hospital ship nurse volunteer Lisa Lukey, with Friends of Lacluta’s Barbara Broz, spoke at the Friends’ dinner at Myrtleford Savoy Club. and a Nikon Coolscope, which supported the Friends.” allow remote diagnoses almost The dinner was attended by Lorinstantaneously. raine and David Griffith from the
These diagnoses can transmitJune Canavan Foundation, which ted via an on-board satellite comwas established after the 2009 munication system to doctors in death of Ms Griffith’s sister – a developed countries for advice. Sunshine Coast sports physician
Ms Broz also made a presentaand medical doctor. tion about the Friends’ work in The foundation has given more Lacluta. than $28,000 to the Friends for its
She said many Myrtleford busiTimor Leste work, starting with nesses gave 20 prizes for auction $5000 at a 2014 dinner in which by Dan Ivone, for whom Evans the foundation matched dollar-forJones clerked, and 40 prizes for dollar the funds raised that evening. raffles. Ms Broz said the Friends wished
“People who came long said we to thank Buffalo Creek’s Karen didn’t need any more entertainJones and Whorouly’s Elizabeth ment than Dan,” she said. Walpole, Mr Ivone, Mr Jones and
“We’d like to thank all the reClub Savoy for organisational help ally generous businesses which and participation. ART: Karen Jones displays a painted wooden sculpture donated for auction for the benefit of Lacluta fundraising.