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Compassion leads Cairns nurses back to Cambodia

Cairns Hospital paediatric NUM Caroline Witter wit
Cairns Hospital paediatric NUM Caroline Witter with nurse Rachael Norton

24 July 2015

A GROUP of Cairns paediatric nurses are calling on the community for support as they gear up for their fourth mercy mission to Cambodia.

Cairns Hospital Nurse Unit Manager for paediatrics Caroline Witter is leading Connect with Cambodia, a not-for-profit organisation providing basic practical assistance and health education to the country’s most vulnerable.

From humble beginnings in 2012, the team has already improved the health and welfare of more than 10,000 Cambodians.

Now, with less than a fortnight before the group’s major fundraiser, Ms Witter and her colleagues are calling on the community for their support in the lead up to their voyage in August 2016.

“This is about helping those much less fortunate than us, they might seem far away but the reality is they are our neighbours and even the most simple of donations can change a life,” she said.

“What we need are donations to support our trip, things like eye glasses, new toothbrushes and stickers are needed and we also accept cash.

“We are also inviting the community to come along to our gala ball on 8 August.

“Over there the smallest things make such a big difference,” she said. “When I saw some photos from my colleague’s trip and witnessed the conditions many families were living in, I instantly knew I wanted to help them.”

During their last in June this year, Ms Witter and 11 other health workers and volunteers from across the country put their life-saving skills to use running free medical clinics, health promotion activities and first aid sessions in some of Cambodia’s poorest and most remote locations.

“I am proud of what we have achieved in such a short time frame but there is still so much work to be done and we need support now more than ever,” she said.

Ms Witter first started her mission back in 2012 after a close colleague shared details of her experiences in Cambodia.

“Over there the smallest things make such a big difference,” she said. “When I saw some photos from my colleague’s trip and witnessed the conditions many families were living in, I instantly knew I wanted to help them.”

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Board chair Bob Norman congratulated the team on their generosity and community-spirit.

“They have achieved phenomenal things over the last few years and the Board is very proud of their efforts,” he said.

“I urge the Cairns community to get behind this fantastic cause.”

The Connect with Cambodia fundraising ball will be held at the Pullman International, Saturday 8 August, from 6.30pm.

To get involved email connectwithcambodia@gmail.com or visit Facebook/connectwithcambodia.

See blogs from previous trips at http://nursingcambodia.blogspot.com.au


Last updated: 27 July 2015