The club welcomed Ms Prue Ingram, the CEO of “Interplast” as our guest speaker on 14 August 2019. Prue has been with Interplast for 8 years and capably explained what the organisation does. It was extremely pleasing to hear that within our District, our club represents one of the highest donors with the amount being in excess of $100,000 including funds donated by members personally. Further information is available on the web site of Interplast . Interplast is heavily supported by Rotary Clubs in both Australia and New Zealand. During the financial year 2019-2020, they will carry out 72 programs visiting poorer nations which compares to 3 when they first started. The 72 will involve some 140 Volunteer Plastic/Re-constructive surgeons, Anaesthetists and Nurses. Of interest, one of the primary instigators of Interplast was former President and Member, Rotary Club of Cheltenham, Dr Gerald Duff (now deceased). Prue informed the club that in Fiji, with a population of 1,000,000 there is only one plastic surgeon. I met with him when I accompanied a team to Fiji. Interplast sponsored the costs of his training to become a Plastic Surgeon. Prue also announced to the members that our own Paul Ferguson will most likely be accompanying a team to Laos in February 2020. Sadly, our attendance levels were down as many of our members were away probably enjoying the sunshine including of course our Bulletin Editor, Ian Ballantine. I had two guests along being Solicitor, Brett Hayton and Building Contracts Manager, Michael Bury. Michael’s late father Bob was a foundation member of the Rotary Club of Moorleigh.
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Chair- Geoff Gartly for the day. Grant Perry delivered the International Toast – RC Victoria Coco der Mer located in the Seychelles.
President Geoff – spoke about Working with Children requirements, reminding members of their obligations to hold a current card if they wish to participate in any youth based activities the club undertakes. Greg O’Shea will send out further details to all members. District AG, Kathy Monley has noted that at on organisational level, Rotary are committed to complying with the current legislation.
Guest Speaker Prue Ingram from Interplast spoke at length about the important work being undertaken throughout the South Pacific and now also moving to South East Asia, including Laos. This year sees Interplast supporting 90 programs this calendar year
Rotary as an organisation underpins the work of Interplast with 3 Rotarians on the board.
More locally the Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central is a great supporter being the largest supporter in District 9810. Some interesting statistics reveal that during 2018/19 – Interplast worked in 17 Countries, delivering 72 programs, supported by 143 volunteers.
Very few suitably trained and qualified plastic surgeons throughout the South Pacific which is the reason Interplast are currently undertaking an extensive training program in all relevant surgeries and practices.
Sadly the countries supported by Interplast are unable to finance the medical support that we take for granted.
The training and support offered by Interplast now extends to a substantial scholarship program.
Birthdays wishes to Liz Pascal and Karin Soster.
Sergeant Tim ran his usual ramshackle session that seemed to be totally devoid on any logic and very short on fact. Nevertheless everyone contributed to a good cause and had a good laugh into the bargain.