ORC Concert on Saturday, January 30, 2016 – Love to see you there!

Patient 2 with bear

ORC is fortunate to have 48 talented young musicians who have put together a concert to support us.

It’ll be a fantastic afternoon of music performance. After the concert, we invite you to finger sandwiches, pastries and refreshments.  It’ll also be a great opportunity to meet some of our members and find out about our work first hand.

Look forward to seeing everyone.

Dr. Rai

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The Amazing Agape Youth Group and the Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra present:

2016 ORC Share the Love Fundraising Concert

On Saturday, January 30, 2016

Featuring the Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Scott MacLennan, Conductor

Symphony No.5 in B Flat Major by Franz Schubert

at the Glad Tidings Church

3456 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC

Concert:  2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Refreshments:  3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Admission $20 per person  – including refreshments post concert.  Tickets available on Eventbrite.

All proceeds to go towards Operation Rainbow Canada’s Surgical Missions.

Canadian Charity Registration #866060189RR0001

ORC CONCERT ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2016 – LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Patient 2 with bearORC is fortunate to have 48 talented young musicians who have put together a concert to support us.

It’ll be a fantastic afternoon of music performance. After the concert, we invite you to finger sandwiches, pastries and refreshments.  It’ll also be a great opportunity to meet some of our members and find out about our work first hand.

Look forward to seeing everyone.

 

Dr. Rai

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The Amazing Agape Youth Group and the Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra presents:

2016 ORC Share the Love Fundraising Concert

On Saturday, January 30, 2016

Featuring the Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Scott MacLennan, Conductor

Symphony No.5 in B Flat Major by Franz Schubert

at the Glad Tidings Church

3456 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC

Concert:  2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Refreshments:  3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Admission $20 per person  – including refreshments (coffee, tea and pastries) post concert. Click here for on-line ticket purchase on Eventbrite.

All proceeds to go towards Operation Rainbow Canada’s Surgical Missions.

JAL Visitor at the Pre-Departure Meeting

From Doreen Lore, Mission Coordinator, India 2015

Thanks to all the team members who came out for the pre-departure team meeting on November 10, 2015.  And a special thanks to Ms. Janice Wong, District Sales Manager of Japan Airlines for coming out to meet our members and to answer any questions that we had about our journey.

Even though we are a small organization, once Janice determined the value of our volunteer work, she started advocating on our behalf.  She explained that she felt that our work aligns with the JAL culture of community giving and spoke to the many departments and executives at JAL.  Therefore, we were able to receive preferred pricing on our tickets plus Janice advocated for us to receive some unexpected bonuses -from JAL –  all so that our members can be well rested prior to arriving in India and post mission.  This is the first time that someone from an airline attended one of our meetings and members are all genuinely touched by Janice’s warmth and thoughtful nature.

Janice Wong from JAL explaining the details of the flight for India 2015
Janice Wong from JAL explaining the details of the flight for India 2015.

Throughout our long planning process, she provide valuable advice and help on the route, rest stops and especially our baggage.  Her attention to detail in ensuring that our medical equipment transits quickly and safely through the various airports have been most impressive.  She even made special stickers for us so that in case anything gets separated, JAL personnel can quickly locate our baggage with the special JAL logo alongside ORC’s logo.  She has taken the responsibility for our baggage literally from Vancouver Airport to Ahmedabad, even though we will leave JAL’s care in New Delhi and continue on with another airline.  Thank you so much Janice for all the personal touches that you bring to our trip.  It is much appreciated!

Janice helping Doreen with flight paper work
Janice helping Doreen with flight paper work
Janice with the labels she made for us so that the baggage handlers will group all our luggage together. Thanks for being so thoughtful, Janice!
Janice with the labels she made for us so that the baggage handlers will group all our luggage together. Thanks for being so thoughtful, Janice!

Thank you to Author Hugh Gillard – $20,000+ raised from the sale of his book “What Did You Say”

It is not often that a non-profit has its own ‘resident author’. Hugh Gillard, author of “What Did You Say”, and wife Rosemary recently attended an Authors Day at the Okotoks Public Library in Alberta.

All proceeds from the book, a memoir of growing up with a cleft lip and palate, are donated to ORC.  The book provides a humorous perspective on an individual who overcame his struggles without complaint and ultimately became wildly successful in the business world. It is a truly inspiration to all of us.

Since the book was first published, sales and related donations, have exceeded $20,000 for ORC. To order the book go to www.hughgillard.com

 

Author Hugh Gillard and his lovely wife Rosemary at the book signing.
Author Hugh Gillard and his lovely wife Rosemary at the book signing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Cover of What Did You Say? - By long time ORC Supporter Hugh Gillard of Calgary, Alberta

Book Cover of What Did You Say? – By long time ORC Supporter Hugh Gillard of Calgary, Alberta

Okotoks Libary Local Author Expo

 

 

A Huge Thank You to Barwon Health – Australia

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.

Anesthesia Monitor_Donated by Barwon Health

 

 

 

 

Barwon Health Logo

Thank you to the Yale and District Ratepayers’ Association

Gail Kerslake and the ladies at the Yale and District Ratepayers Association have made hundreds and hundreds of blankets and clothing for the children treated by ORC over the years.

Once again this year, we received 200 “Made with Love” quilts, blankets and 300 toques. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for the thousands of hours each of you put in to make these heirloom items.  We are certain that the children and their parents would appreciate them.

We can’t wait until we see the kids cuddling up to these blankies in November!

Yale and District Ratepayers' Association_2015

 

Back row:  Laurie Rockell, Trish Barry, Gaylynn Monkman, Thelma Storozuk, Gail Kerslake

Front row:  Pam Worsfold, Gloria Campbell, Donna Perry and Elsie Norquay Brown.

 

Mannkind Charitable Society Fundraiser in support of ORC

Mannkind Charitable Society, founded by Dave and Rani Mann, is  a long time supporter of ORC.  Dave and Rani personally participated in ORC Missions in India and Cambodia. They have observed first hand the value of the work ORC provided to the children in those two developing countries.

In November this year, Mannkind Charitable Society is holding its annual Gala and ORC’s mission to Kaka-Ba Hospital in Hansot, Gujarat, India, will be one of the recipients’ of Mannkind’s generosity.   Continue reading “Mannkind Charitable Society Fundraiser in support of ORC”

Thank you to Health Partners International Canada (HPIC)

As a small, 100% volunteer run organization, ORC is always challenged with time and resources.  We are committed to utilizing the highest quality medications and supplies for our patients.  In 2014, we were extremely lucky to be referred to and to receive the support of Health Partners International Canada (HPIC).

HPIC acts an intermediary between pharmaceutical companies who wish to donate products in kind to charitable organizations and those organizations who wish to receive these products.

Here is the official description from HPIC:

“Healthcare professionals serving as volunteers in the developing world sometimes require a very particular supply of medicines for the purpose of their medical mission or in response to particular needs in the field. In response to requests from these professionals, HPIC will attempt to procure the medicines and medical supplies to meet their needs.”

BUT….to ORC, HPIC is a bit like Santa Claus.  Here is how it worked for us:  

Step1:  We write to Santa Claus (aka HPIC) outlining our history and our work as a good provider of free surgery AND we send our wishlist of medications and supplies.  This is known as the “SPR – Special Physician Request”.

Step 2:  “Santa Claus” decided that we made his list and assigned us a Super Elf by the name of Maryanne Mutch, Executive Director, Programs. Maryanne took her work very seriously and immediately contacted Doreen Lore, our Mission Coordinator for Cambodia 2014.  Maryanne wanted to ensure that ORC receives the products that our team needs to carry out our work.   Since sometimes a certain product is not available but there might be an equivalent substitute, she did the extra research and called Doreen to see if the solution is acceptable. The back and forth went on for a few months; sometimes with daily phone calls.  Maryanne always made sure that all avenues were exhausted before Doreen had to order and pay for the supplies that were unavailable from the pharmaceutical partners of HPIC.  This level of service is exceptional in any organization.

Step 3:  In January, a month before our trip, Andrew Jones, Manager, Distribution Logistics from HPIC, contacted us to say that our supplies are on their way.  We were so impressed by his efficiency. Check out this email excerpt:  “This email is to inform you that the Special Physician Request (SPR #) you requested left our Mississauga this afternoon. You should expect your SPR to be delivered to your location by 5:00 PM on 1/23/2014. If you would like to track your shipment, you may either go online at www.sameday.ca or call our courier at 1-877-SAMEDAY. Your tracking numbers are SMI XXXXX.  Please note that there is a brown envelope attached to the side of one of the boxes that contains copies of all necessary documents.  The Confirmation of Safe Arrival form and the Project Report have been attached to this email for you to fill out and send back to us via email.” 

The “Great Reveal”

The team gathered on a cold Sunday for of Anesthesia inventory and packing.  All the boxes were lined up.  We were all giggling like kids and couldn’t decide which box to open first.  Finally Dr. Bob made an executive decision and everyone delved in.  The most delightful unexpected bonus were these beautifully knitted dolls that laid on top of each box.  They were the Izzy Dolls that are knitted by volunteers all over Canada to commemorate Master Corporal Mark Isfeld.  At that point, HPIC’s awesomeness just went up another notch.

 

Thanks Maryanne, Andrew and everyone at HPIC for all your help!  We really appreciate all your work in providing us with $10,000 worth of medications and supplies.  Look forward to working with you on our future missions.  

Doreen Lore, RN, Mission Coordinator, Dr. Bob Purdy, Anesthesiologist, and Val Long, RN - Recovery Room with our lovely presents from HPIC.
Doreen Lore, RN, Mission Coordinator, Dr. Bob Purdy, Anesthesiologist, and Val Long, RN – Recovery Room with our lovely presents from HPIC.
Caroline Kohlberg, RN and Heather Posno, RN with the Izzy Dolls.
Caroline Kohlberg, RN and Heather Posno, RN with the Izzy Dolls.
Presents opening time - with fully detailed lists of what's inside underneath those Izzy Dolls. HPIC is so organized!
Presents opening time – with fully detailed lists of what’s inside underneath those Izzy Dolls. HPIC is so organized!
Doreen Lore, RN, Mission Coordinator smiling with her new friends
Doreen Lore, RN, Mission Coordinator smiling with her new friends
Dr. Jeff Sampson, Dr. Bob Purdy, Caroline Kohlberg, RN, Heather Posno, RN
Dr. Jeff Sampson, Dr. Bob Purdy, Caroline Kohlberg, RN, Heather Posno, RN