Rotary Club of Box Hill Central member Mark’s visit to Bangladesh – November 2017
One of the club members of Rotary Club of Box Hill Central, Mark Balla visited Bangladesh in October last year to visit operation camps and also to meet and greet the families and the recipient children. Commenting on his experience Mark added that ‘Meeting the children who were waiting for surgery and those who had already undergone surgery in previous months was an experience I will never forget. The parents of those awaiting surgery arrived with looks of hope in their eyes, clearly concerned about the uncertainty of what was to come but excited about how the lives of their children were about to change forever.
Meeting those who had previously undergone surgery was a truly emotional experience. I spoke with one little girl and her uncle. They had travelled from a remote village to meet the Operation Cleft team. She had gone to some effort to dress up for us and when I told her how pretty she looked with her hair in a bow, she truly beamed from ear to ear. It was all I could do not to cry as her uncle told me how she had become so confident and happy since her surgery.’
See Operation Cleft in Action
Operation Cleft – an international humanitarian project of the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central – provides free cleft repair surgery to those in need in Bangladesh – the “Gift of a Smile for Life”. This was filmed at a recent surgical camp conducted at the Dhaka City Hospital in February 2017
UPCOMING DIARY DATES
SURGICAL CAMPS IN 2018
16th April – American Bangladesh Specialised Hospital, Dhaka.
18th April – Chattagram International Medical College & Hospital, Chandgaon.
19th April – Patiya Central Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, Chittagong.
20th April – General Hospital, Cox’s Bazaar.
23rd April – Noorjahan Hospital, Sylhet.
27th April – Uwait Probashi Hospital, Barugana.
29th April – Rajshahi cancer Hospital & Research Centre Trust, Rajshahi.
11th May – Netrokona Ideal Hospital, Netrokona.
11th May – Nova Medical Centre Hospital, Jessore.