Interplast is changing futures in 17 countries
Our volunteer surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals work in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific.
They change futures by performing reconstructive surgery to repair acquired or congenital conditions, giving both adults and children the chance to live healthy lives free from physical difficulty and social exclusion.
“The surgery Frank had will allow his hand to grow properly and he will be able to use it for holding a ball, or holding a cup. He would not have been able to do that before.” (Dr Frank Lin, Interplast volunteer)
For example, a gift of $100 will provide the dressings and surgical supplies that allow our dedicated medical teams to restore hand function for a patient like little Frank from Vanuatu, in the picture above. Frank sustained burns when he fell into an open fire after Cyclone Pam destroyed his home, forcing his family to live outdoors.
They also change the future of health care in our partner countries by offering vital training in reconstructive surgery, anaesthetics, nursing and more. Our deep respect for our in-country partners and our commitment to providing only the services and skills they request is the key to our success.
No matter how much you give, you will be changing a future for the better.
EUREKA CLIMBERS RAISE OVER $250,000
Participants in one of our main fundraising events, the Eureka Climb, have raised over a quarter of a million dollars for Interplast and Whitelion.
Scaling Eureka Tower’s 88 floors was only part of the event, with the 2,200 climbers organising intensive fundraising campaigns in the lead-up to the day.
The funds raised will make an enormous impact in the 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region where Interplast changes futures by offering reconstructive surgery to people with acquired or congenital conditions, and by providing hundreds of training opportunities for medical professionals.
Associate Professor Michael Leung, a proud Interplast volunteer and Board member, topped the individual fundraising chart, with $17,157, while his team the Fantastic Plastics made the highest amount as a group with $18,387. They were followed by Plastic Fantastic with $15,271 and the Muto Laters at third with $11,259.
On the athletic side, Mark Bourne took first place in the men’s category for the second time, completing the course in 7 minutes and 55 seconds, while Alice McNamara was the fastest woman with 9:39.
Teams of emergency services personnel challenged themselves further by scaling the 1,642 steps while wearing full gear. Riot police wore cumbersome helmets and carried their shields all the way. Despite carrying an extra 25 kilos of breathing apparatus, heavy boots and fireproof outerwear, the winner in the emergency services category was firefighter Scott McGraw, who reached the top of the tower in just 9:19. This was another impressive effort from Scott, who in 2013 climbed the tower an incredible 31 times in one day as part of the ‘Everest Challenge’.
Interplast supporter, Dr Gill Hicks, a London bombings survivor who lost both of her legs, completed the climb as part of a series of 10 challenges she has vowed to complete this year marking a decade since the terror attacks.
Dr Hicks spread a message of peace after similar violence rocked Paris just a day before the race.
Interplast, together with Whitelion, would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who showed their support through fundraising, competing in the race or taking part in the immense organisational effort that makes Eureka Climb not only possible, but vibrant and fun each year.
Special thanks also go to Dr Gill Hicks and Mike Rolls, who championed both Interplast and the event in numerous interviews with the media, helping spread awareness of our work.
Donations will remain open until the end of November.
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