A message from Dr Ian Marshall
Pictured: Dr Ian Marshall and The Hon. Justice James Douglas
Many readers are aware of the recent election of new office bearers of the Australian Association.
I welcome the new President, The Hon Justice James Douglas and members of the new Executive Council.
As the new management team takes the Order in Australia forward into the future, it is important to recognise the contribution of every member of the outgoing Transitional Executive Council: Chancellor, Confrere Sean Farrell; National Hospitaller, Dr Robert Costa; Treasurer, Confrere Stephen Christie and the hardworking Regional Hospitallers: Consoeur Maria Randazzo in the Northern Territory and Confreres Derek Pingel in Queensland, Mark Boffa in NSW, Sauro Antonelli in VIC and Damian Wyld in SA and WA, who have directed our charitable works across Australia must also be publically acknowledged. I also thank our Communications experts, Confreres Daniel Kwok and Anthony Gerada and the editor of our website and newsletter, Michelle Rees.
The outgoing Council worked unobtrusively in the background but quietly achieved much and we look forward to the new Council maintaining the momentum.
I wish to record our thanks to the very many readers who are not actual members of the Order but who have been loyal and generous supporters of our numerous projects.
In particular I wish to thank those who have been regular donors to our various charitable causes; some of the donations might appear modest, but regular donations over time certainly make a huge impact on the funds available to support our service to the poor and the sick.
I thank all those who have donated to our charitable works, no matter what the amount. This applies also to our supporters in New Zealand, Thailand and Korea
It has been my privilege to see numerous projects come to fruition; especially the project to distribute warm coats to the homeless to become truly Australia wide (as well as in New Zealand). The Order’s Medical clinic in Timor-Leste has rendered free medical assistance to over 25,000 poor in Dili since it opened.
You, our readers, helped make this possible and I trust you will continue to give the new Council the same support in the future.
Dr I W A Marshall AM AE KC*SG KGCMG(Ob)