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Presidential Handover Lunch

25th June 2024
Venue: Kent and Canterbury Club
The Presidential Handover lunch is being held at the Kent and Canterbury Club on Tuesday, 25th June. Retiring President Rosemary Doyle will handover to incoming President Maxine Blades. The bar
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Final of the Innovation Competition,

26th June 2024
Venue: Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University
The Rotary Club of Canterbury welcomes you to the final of our 2024 Innovation Competition being held at Canterbury Christ Church University. Eleven young people have reached the final and will be
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News from Chaaria

We have written before about Chaaria Hospital and donations that we have made towards the work of the staff there in helping rural patients in that part of Kenya.

We also reported about a talk given by Dr Michelle Hamer, a local anaesthetist who regularly volunteers out there. Here, Michelle gives a quick update on her work.

“I have now been at Chaaria for over two weeks and I find it as busy as usual – the work load is intense! I work in the operating theatre 12 hours a day – some cases are easy but there are also many that are challenging and desperate. Conditions are often not optimal – for instance, we have to have two operating theatres in the same theatre – something new to me!

Brother Beppe is overworked but maintains his extraordinary level of service. The other volunteers are all delightful young people and we get on very well; the (late) dinner is usually a laugh!

Thank you [Rotary Club of Canterbury] for the blood pressure monitors bought with funds allocated via your International Committee money plus additional donations – these have arrived safely.

We are always grateful for support and there always items that can help our work. For instance, temperatures here are often above 28 degrees in the operating theatre, and working wearing cotton gowns over a very heavy plastic apron is pretty much unbearable – particularly since the air conditioning never works! It would be really useful for the theatre staff to have some waterproof operating gowns.”

From Michelle Hamer. 
Picture: Theatre in Chaaria Miission Hospital. Picture credit: Michelle Hamer/Rotary Club of Canterbury


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