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Daniel’s patient wait for transformative surgery

After many years of waiting, last year Daniel from Samoa finally had his bilateral cleft palate repaired by a visiting Interplast team. It was a great outcome for the young boy, opening up a brighter future that will include less chance of social exclusion, better speech development, ease of eating and drinking, and more. But his story illustrates the challenges of treating conditions that are dealt with quite early in a child’s life in countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

Find out more in this story on our website.

Trekkers start preparing for their Base Camp adventure with Turia

We’ve had a fantastic response to our upcoming Everest Base Camp Trek with Turia Pitt, with 31 trekkers now signed up for the adventure of a lifetime. They’re all training hard, and making a great fundraising effort to reach our team target of $200,000. Examples include Sam Taylor, whose young sons (pictured) have been selling snacks to help their mum out, and Ella Ravell, who has been selling succulents and hosted a movie night. Can you help them out? Head to the Turia’s Everest Trek website to donate and push Turia and our amazing team past their fundraising goal!

Special thanks to our sponsor, Mountain Designs, for their generous and ongoing support of Interplast and our trekkers.

Programs get started for the New Year

The start of the New Year is a very busy period at Interplast. We kicked things off with a surgical mentoring visit to Vanuatu and a craniofacial surgery mentoring program in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which was also attended by a Nepali surgeon who travelled from Kathmandu.

Later in February, a head and neck surgical mentoring program will also be delivered in Colombo. Three full general plastic and reconstructive surgical programs will be delivered in Laos, Tonga and the Philippines. The Laos and Tonga programs will also include an allied health component, with either a hand therapist or a physio supporting the surgical team with the follow-up of patients and providing training to local staff.

The next six months are looking very busy as we aim to have delivered about 80 programs by the end of the financial year, and we will soon be starting our program planning for 2017-18.

Interplast included in Bendigo Rotary showcase

We were delighted to be part of the first leg of the 2017 Rotary Showcase Roadshow in Bendigo, northern Victoria, on Australia Day. About 15,000 people walked the circuit around Lake Weerona to learn about the many ways that Rotary is working for a better world. The most frequently heard comment was “I didn’t know that Rotary did all of these things”. Pictured you can see the local Chinese dragons dancing past the Interplast stand. View a gallery of images from the day here. Two more showcases will be held, one at Melbourne’s Federation Square in February and the other at Echuca, Northern Victoria, in June.

Our thanks to the Rotary clubs of Bendigo and region, and the District 9800 team.

Find out more about the important partnership between Rotary and Interplast here.

Thanks to your support, breast cancer education to continue in Solomon Islands

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our Breast Cancer Education Appeal – you’re helping to educate women in the Pacific about breast cancer and making a difference for them and their families.

The next nurse education program that will include breast care education will be taking place in Honiara, Solomon Islands, in late May. The team will include three nurse educators, including Leah Lynch-Rurehe, a breast care nurse who will be returning to Honiara after her previous visit in June 2016. She will aim to continue breast self-examination training and provision of educational resources to the six remaining Honiara City Council clinics, along with education sessions in local churches. She will also provide education about a range of cancers as part of the Interplast nurse education program at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara.

We hope to extend these types of programs to other Pacific countries soon.

You can change futures across the Asia Pacific today

Your ongoing financial support allows us to continue our work to repair bodies and rebuild lives. Please make a secure online donation via our website donation page.

Rotary on the Move newsletter

Please click HERE to view – download the ‘Rotary On The Move’ Newsletter for February 2017.


Malcolm Lindquist on behalf of Zone Coordinators


Don’t knock Sausage Sizzles!!

We often ask members of the public if they are aware of the nature and work of Rotary in the community and are surprised when one of the major responses (sometimes the only response) is that Rotarians are involved in “sausage sizzles”. In an atmosphere where clubs are starved for recognition the catering experience is an excellent way of interacting with the public at large. Whether it be sausage sizzles at the local Bunnings or BigW, gourmet breakfasts, Do-nut vans or coffee supplies at special events there is always the opportunity to promote the work of Rotary to the public at large. But do we take advantage of the opportunity to promote our service activities? I know there are some customers who are there for the solely for the food and beverage but it is also amazing the number of people who are willing to chat and find out about our work as Rotarians. How do we make the most of our brief period of interaction? Not rocket science but the following are some of the ways in which I have seen clubs promote themselves at sausage sizzles. · Display the club banner · Hand out What is Rotary pamphlets · Promote club projects · Include Rotaractors · Invitation to visit the club or attend a club promotional activity · Past Rotary magazines for distribution to interested people · Encourage people with disabilities and carers to assist As well as the obvious benefits, such as the funds raised there are a variety of knock on effects that appear to be evident at most catering events. · Rotarians have fun · Rotarians are a diverse group including women and many cultural backgrounds. · Site owners are prepared to be sponsors or donors for other club events. For many small clubs and country clubs the sausage sizzle is an excellent way in which a small group of members can raise a significant amount of money to carry out visible community projects without members having to dip into their own pockets. Also for many clubs it is a cheap method of promotion that if marketed well can be a source of effective advertising of all those other wonderful projects of Rotary. So, make the most of the sausage sizzle, don’t knock it!

RAWCS Rover magazine February 2017

Hello ,

Please click to view February RAWCS Rover”.  

We hope you can join us at the next RAWCS meeting in Canberra 25th and 26th February. Details in the Rover.

YIR sue

PP Sue O’Neill, RAWCS Rover Editor