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The gift of good sleep for Baria Orphanage
The Rotary clubs of Rockhampton Sunrise, Rockhampton
and Rockhampton North, Qld, recently donated $2500
to the Baria Orphanage in Vietnam for the purchase of
specialist beds for children with disabilities.
Rockhampton Sunrise’s association with the orphanage
began in 2013, when member David Thomas visited
Vietnam with a group of veterans. Part of the tour was an
inspection of the Baria orphanage, Vung Tau-Baria Province,
which caters for approximately 60 children from six months
to 16 years. David was deeply impressed with the work of
the orphanage and upon his return suggested to his club
that they provide financial assistance. One thousand dollars
was immediately donated to the organisation.
David became good friends with tour guide Mr Ha during
the trip and they regularly correspond to this day. In one
conversation, David asked if there was a project the club
could support further and was advised that the orphanage
was undertaking major refurbishment of the kitchen and
other facilities. Although the Vietnam government had
provided half the funding of $8500, funds were scarce
for the additional amount required. This resulted in the
Rotary Club of Rockhampton North donating $1500 and
Rockhampton Sunrise providing another $1000.
David recently returned to the orphanage and presented
a plaque outlining how proud the Rockhampton Rotary
clubs were to provide their support. To David’s surprise,
they presented him with a plaque in return, expressing their
appreciation for the assistance provided.
“It was a pretty emotional time for us all, tears all round,
and it makes you proud to be a member of Rotary,”
During this visit, the Principal raised the problem of the
lack of specialist beds for the children with disabilities.
David again approached Rockhampton Rotary clubs to ask
for help, and the orphanage is now able to purchase the
10 beds required.
“It is wonderful to see what these people have done for
themselves in the 50 years since the war and how much
they appreciate what is done for them,” David said.
David Thomas receiving a plaque of
appreciation from the Principal of Baria Orphanage.
A ward of
Life-saving wish list becomes a
reality for small Bangladesh hospital
Donations in Kind recently delivered a
container of medical supplies from Victoria’s
District 9820 to a hospital in Joyramkura, a
small village in the far north of Bangladesh.
Founded by the Australian Baptist
Missionary Society in 1964, the hospital
caters for a large, extremely populous rural
area, where many have little or no ability to
pay for services. Over half of children in the
area suffer from chronic malnutrition and 8
per cent suffer from acute malnutrition.
Currently holding 85 beds, the hospital
caters for 250 surgical patients a month
and provides medical care for over 60,000
patients a year. The facilities are basic, with
cooking for inpatients provided by family
members in the hospital grounds, until early
2017, when the cooking of meals became a
Prior to 2008, hospital funding was
provided through donations. It is now
operated using internal resources – charging
a minimum for the medical care and services
it provides and income-oriented activities,
including agriculture and fish farming –
however, the income earned from these
ventures is insufficient to purchase necessary
medical goods, equipment and furniture.
District 9820 sent through items on the
hospital’s wish list, including operating tables
and lights, gowns, masks, drapes, forceps,
surgical equipment, sterilisers, mobility
aids, an autoclave machine, hospital beds,
mattresses and side tables, microscope,
treatment lights, stethoscopes, blood pressure
machines, surgical trays, infant resuscitation
units, general anaesthesia machine, nursing
texts and hospital linens.
These goods will be of vital assistance to
the hospital itself, as well as the attached
nursing and midwifery schools.
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