Through our connection with Rotary, Australia, Wise Owl Financial are proud financial supporters of Interplast( www.interplast.org.au ) – a not-for-profit organisation helping people in developing countries with access to high quality surgical, medical and allied health services. Funds raised help send qualified Australian and New Zealand volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to the Asia Pacific region to provide complimentary surgical treatment for patients who would not otherwise be able to afford access to such services.
– West Australian Rotary Interplast -acknowledge funding of their 10th overseas Surgical team.
Dr Michael McGlynn OAM, Vice Chairman of Interplast, is a Sydney based consultant Surgeon who has been a team member for Interplast since 1985 and has volunteered for over 35 Interplast surgical trips traveling to 15 different countries.
At a recent event celebrating the funding of the 10 th overseas surgical team, Michael shared with the audience, why he volunteers and he also showed some before and after pictures of the lives he has changed, a very touching presentation.
Volunteer surgeon, Dr James Savundra spoke on his Laos experience, and was proud to say that Laos is now self
sufficient on Cleft lip and Palate surgery so any Interplast Surgical team now focuses on burn surgery in Laos. He
shared a 4 minute video segment of the 60 Minutes episode featuring Turia Pitt, who travelled to Laos especially to see James at work and to meet some of his patients.
James spoke of two of his Laos patients, one of was baby Seng who also featured in the 60 minute video and a farmer
who sustained major upper body and facial injuries after he accidentally exploded a phosphorous bomb while ploughing
his field, his burns were horrific.
Both end results could only be described as remarkable. To date the Rotary Club of Kenwick and it’s donors have
funded 10 surgical trips and provided life changing surgery to between 450 and 500 people.
To date after 12 years of funding by the end of this June the Rotary Fundraising program will have forwarded to
Interplast $650,000. This includes the funding for an 11th team that will go overseas early next year, a mind blowing effort.
Not only will an 11 th team will be funded by the end of this month, Rotary and the donors have funded 6 overseas
surgeons to travel to Australia for a two week period to hone there skills in-order to return to their own country and train other surgeons.
The Rotary Club of Kenwick will now apply for a Rotary International world wide Grant which will match donations
next year dollar for dollar, it will be an amazing result if our application is successful.