Young Order of Malta Appeal delivers medicine to Timor-Leste
The Order’s Australian President Dr Ian Marshall invited Young Order of Malta Queensland (YOMV Qld) members Christopher Schaffer, Joseph and Alice Grogan to develop an appeal seeking donations of simple household medicines like Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, vitamins and cough medicine to support a small medical clinic in Timor-Leste.
“Sister (Irma) Cristina Macrino from the Congregation of Sisters of Reparation coordinates a clinic in a very poor village near the town of Maliana on the edge of the Timor-Leste/Indonesia border. Sister Cristina does a wonderful job there under very difficult conditions where they continually need medications.” Explained The Order’s Ambassador to Timor-Leste H.E David Scarf AM.
YOMV Qld initiated a Lenten Appeal galvanising support from friends in the Cathedral of St Stephen’s Young Adults Ministry and neighbouring parishes. This humble appeal raised over $7,000 in donated medicines, small cash donations and transportation assistance.
The Order’s Ambassador to Timor-Leste H.E David Scarf and the benevolent Randazzo family generously facilitated shipment and transportation of all donations from Brisbane, through Darwin, to Sr Cristina’s clinic in Timor-Leste.
Sr Cristina expresses her gratitude for the Order’s kind support, “The mission deeply appreciates… this great gift of medication that we have already begun to use in these last days. A group of patients on one of the usual consultation days were impressed by the medication boxes and soon wanted to thank all.”
YOMV Qld plans to develop this appeal further into an annual model, please email email@example.com if you would like to be involved.
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