Rotary Club of Lochaber inducts 68th president
REVEREND Donald McCorkindale has been inducted as Lochaber Rotary Club’s 68th president.
The Church of Scotland minister at Morvern, Strontian and Ardgour brings a wealth of experience with him after serving as president of the Inverkeithing and Dalgety club in 2007/2008.
After induction, Rev McCorkindale paid a tribute to the late president elect Derrick Warner, saying ‘this should have been Derrick’s year’.
Consultant surgeon David Sedgewick was the speaker at the club’s recent lunch. He gave members an update on how the club’s funding had been used to support the training of basic surgical skills in Rwanda and Palestine.
Dr Sedgewick’s team helped set up a basic surgical skills faculty in the bustling capital city of Kigali. This teaches suturing and umbilical hernia repairs and has now evolved into training young African surgeons to become trainers themselves through a ‘training the trainers’ programme.
The successful venture means 80 per cent of the training is now delivered by Rwandan surgeons. A similar training programme has also been operating in Palestine for more than five years with 100 young medics now trained.
President McCorkindale thanked Dr Sedgewick for his updated talk and said: ‘The Rotary theme for this year is ‘making a difference’ and here we have seen at first hand how funding from the generous Lochaber public can be used to make a difference.’
New president Donald McCorkindale and past president Paula Ross.