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Every dollar goes
where it’s needed
Everyone likes to get a
bargain, and I am no
different. When I give
to charity I want to
know that my money
is being well spent;
that it’s used for its
and not to cover the
costs of maintaining
staff, or providing staff incentives such
as cars and/or equipment.
At ROMAC – Rotary Oceania Medical
Aid for Children – no one is paid a wage,
we have no offices, no cars or equipment
to suck money from our funds. We can
guarantee that every dollar raised goes
directly to the children we are fortunate
This empowers children like 16-year-old
Philip Samson from Vanuatu to travel to
Melbourne to have his broken leg fixed.
Philip suffered such tremendous pain that
he spent many years lying in bed. Now
Philip, thanks to Rotarians like you, has
recuperated and is walking pain free.
Like many charities, ROMAC is feeling
the pinch created by the Global Financial
Crisis. But with prudent administration
and “mate’s rates” from humanitarian
doctors that multiply every dollar
donated, often by five to seven times,
we continue providing life-saving and
dignity-restoring surgeries to deserving
children. Add a matching grant from
your Rotary Foundation and your dollar
is worth even more. If you and your
friends would consider donating even
$5 a month – tax deductible – we can
continue changing and saving deserving
children’s lives. Donate at www.romac.
org.au (Australia) or www.romac.org.nz
Medical Aid for
‘mate’s rates’ from
that multiply every
dollar donated, we
life-saving and dignity-
Victoria is an 11-year-old girl from Labasa, Fiji, who was badly burnt when her
father deliberately set fire to their home. Victoria’s mother sadly died from the
disaster and Vicky, with help from Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children
(ROMAC), was flown to Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital in New Zealand for
emergency surgery. She had burns to over 60 per cent of her body, including
severe damage to her left ankle. Medical Director for ROMAC, Dr Eric Horne,
of the Rotary Club of New Lynn, NZ, took special care of Victoria while she
recovered in Auckland and personally ensured she returned safely to Lautoka
Hospital after extensive surgery and recuperation.
But Eric always wondered how Victoria would cope after such tragic
circumstances, and whether she would ever be able to walk and laugh again.
The following update was written by Eric one year later, in June 2015:
“I have just returned from a winter break in Fiji, and while there went up to
Labasa for the day to visit Vicky. The visit was with some degree of trepidation,
as I was not at all sure what to expect.
“Vicky and her brother Gavidi and their aunt met me at the airport. I was truly
delighted to see that she could walk really well, although with a slight limp. She
is a totally different child from the one the Burns Team at Middlemore looked
after so wonderfully.
“Victoria, as she now likes to be called, is really a rather extroverted child who
never stops talking and sings in the choir at school. Despite missing a whole year
at school, she has caught up and is in the correct class for her age.
“Four weeks ago Victoria was admitted to the local hospital for two weeks
and had 21 pieces of wire removed from her ankle, and since then her walking
has improved hugely. While there, she said to me, ‘I am going to run in the next
school sports. I know I will be last, but I am going to run!’
“Vicky particularly mentioned Dr Richard and wanted me to thank all the
lovely nurses who looked after her at Middlemore Hospital and the ROMAC
team that made it possible.
“It was a very humbling day, and to be honest one of the very best of my life,
to see Victoria so well and happy.”
A happy ending for
on her day
Fiji after seven
weeks of very
Hospital in NZ.
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