Giving In Return
I am constantly moved, touched and inspired by those who seek to relieve the suffering of others around the world. Such people include Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Dr Fred Hollows, the staff at international relief organisations such Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and the incredible work of Indian spiritual leader, Ammachi.
My inspiration also comes from my own mother Carmel.
In April 2011, after 20 years working in remote indigenous communities throughout Australia, she joined Médecins Sans Frontières. She has volunteered with MSF in Armenia, Ukraine, Malawi, Paupa New Guinea and presently she is in Uganda where she is involved in an aid program providing critical care and support to people with multiple-drug resistant Tuberculosis.
Through her, I hear about the joy of being a gift to others as a volunteer, and the beauty of these people, their generosity and courage and the chronic suffering they encounter. Hearing her stories reminds me of my privileged life as westerner, and that I may most likely be fortunate to never know such suffering. In August, 2016, she began a six month posting in a remote community in Uganda, providing specialized health care, and heart- felt care, for some of the most poor people on this earth. Many of the patients are suffering with HIV and late stage AIDS, many are children. Such realities cannot fail to open our hearts.
Following the footsteps of such inspiring people, my healing practice maintains a commitment to healing the suffering of others by regularly supporting the following international relief organisations:
Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders) is the world’s leading independent medical and humanitarian aid organization. MSF is a secular, non-governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases.
In 2007 over 26,000, mostly local, doctors, nurses and other medical
professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and
administrators provided medical aid in over 60 countries.
AIMS Hospital, Kerala, India: Healthcare with a Heart
Founded by Sri Mata Amritananadamayi (known as Amma or Ammachi), AIMS is a not-for-profit, high quality hospital in Kerala, India. Each year more than 6 million people are treated at AIMS, ensuring the poor and needy of India are able to have access to advanced medical care in an atmosphere of love and compassion.
AIMS is now a world – class institution of medicine, academics, and research.
The Fred Hollows Foundation
Who can deny the gift and blessing of sight and how amazing are Fred and Gaby Hollows and their team of dedicated staff!
Millions of people go blind due to lack of access to simple treatment, and many morestay blind due to lack of access to relatively routine surgery. The Hollows Foundation provides corrective surgery and medical care to return the gift of sight, and an improved quality of life, to thousands of people in developing countries and in Australian indigenous communities.