Ro­tary Club of Lochaber in­ducts 68th pres­i­dent

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.