Operation Rainbow Canada was the fortunate recipient of $10,000 AUD from Barwon Health’s Charitable Fund in Australia.
First of all, our members are totally touched that we have received such substantial funding from half a world away. How did this happen?
It is a tale of a connection between three countries – Canada, Australia and Cambodia and one doctor. A few years ago, a young Canadian named Patrick Chan was studying medicine in Australia and decided to volunteer in Cambodia. While at the Preah Ketmelea Hospital, he met the ORC team and was invited to join in our work. Over the years, Dr. Chan has formed a real attachment to his ORC colleagues in Canada as well as with his Cambodian medical colleagues. He has personally spearheaded quite a few fundraising activities at the Geelong Hospital, donating large amounts of items of clothing, books and toys to the children in Phnom Penh.
Dr. Chan spent many hours gathering information and presenting ORC’s work in Cambodia to various organizations in Australia. Last year, we were informed of a surprise ‘present’! Barwon Health decided that ORC’s international surgical work was deserving of an award.
As our members know, ORC is very conservative (some might say thrifty) about spending any money except on the children. It cost approx. $65,000 and ORC members work very hard to fund raise for each trip.
Well, after months of deliberation, the doctors decided to spend the funds on a piece of equipment that would really help our work. Here it is – the super duper Philips IntelliVue Anesthesia Monitor. It’s going with the team to India in 2015 and to Cambodia in 2016! As Dr. Patrick Chan will be joining our missions, he will be able to see the monitor in action first hand and report back on the difference.
Thank you to Associate Professor Eugene Athan and the Barwon Health Medical Staff Group! Your confidence in our work is much appreciated.