Nishantha and Kumara are men who go deep sea fishing off the coast of Weligama . They asked for some protection from the elements when they spend days out at sea. Most of the fish are dried and salted on board before they return to the Weligama harbour. They have lost friends and relatives who have never returned from such fishing trips – accepted by them as a part of life and the dangers of such an occupation.
Nishaji is the daughter of one of them – she is doing her GCE Adv. Level and wants to become a doctor. She communicates with us by skype and will join the AuSLMAT team on our next visit to Sri Lanka .
Dr. Dilshani Jayawardena has arranged for a medical clinic at Weligama on Thursday 6th July when we expect to see many of these fishermen and their families.
A plaque in memory of the first Methodists is located at the Methodist Church Weligama and reads “ Revds. George Erskine and William Ault – two of the first Weslyan Missionaries to Asia landed on this beach on Thursday 30th June 1814.
AUSLMAT will visit Dr. Roshan in the cardiology unit at the Matara hospital on Wednesday 5th July when Dr. Jennifer and Dr. Omar Farouque will address the medical staff. AUSLMAT have previously made donations of medical equipment including hospital beds and a defibrillator.
Mahesh is a local from Kopiwatta Hakmana – Michelle Drieberg presented him with a laptop on one of our previous visits. We have also paid for his study in I.T. at a local campus.
Dr. Graeme Sloman A.O. A.M. E.D. FRACP, cardiologist at Epworth Hospital and his wife Isabel will be with the AuSLMAT medical team on our mission to Sri Lanka for 2017. Graeme was recently honoured with an Order of Australia for his services in cardiology.
He has visited Sri Lanka as a lecturer in cardiology many years ago. He will be with us at the teaching hospitals in Batticaloa and Galle and also assist at the medical clinics we will do at Valaichenai and Weligama. AuSLMAT is proud to have Graeme and Isabel with us on this visit to Sri Lanka from the 1st of July.
AUSLMAT, the Australia Sri Lanka Medical Aid Team, was born out of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. It was incorporated in 2005, but it wasn’t till 2016 that AUSLMAT was formally registered as a charity with the ACNC (Australian Charities for Not-for-profits Commission), and subsequently included on the ATO’s Deductible Gift Register (DGR). That means that AUSLMAT can now you issue you with a tax deductible receipt for donations made, and in turn, those donations will be recognised by the ATO when you make a claim as AUSLMAT is on the ATO’s deductible gift register.
Thanks to previous Secretary Michelle and current Treasurer Gordon for leading us to this very important milestone!
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We’re “full steam ahead” for the next visit commencing 01 July. Below is a map showing our anticipated journey. The towns, clinics, orphanages and hospitals, along with the accommodations and transport plans are listed below. This is one of the most important and fulfilling services we perform, so your contributions in the form of donations (hard goods and financial), and participation on a trip such as this, is highly encouraged. If you are interested in a wonderful hands-on experience, please call our President Quintus DeZylva at +61 3 9553 0120 or +61 (0)411 465 656.