La­cluta Friends and friends pitch in By JAMIE KRON­BORG

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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