Why do we have a soft spot for nurses? Because nurses, as they say, are angels in comfortable shoes. They give a piece of their heart and mind to a patient and they touch lives every minute of the day. So when Melbourne Nurses on Mission (MNM) had a Gala for a Cause last 20 April 2013, it was a welcome delight to see the nurses having fun and at the same time raising funds to help the needy back home.
The Gala night was held at the Rydges Bell City Hotel in Preston. Proceeds of the charity event will go to the MNM’s Medical Missions in the Cordillera Mountain Province, Philippines and to feeding programs in the remote schools and street children this June 2013.
Philippine Honorary Consul General Gigi Kalong, in her opening address, has commended the group for its undertakings. She encouraged those present to keep the faith and continue taking action, “It was faith that made us venture out of our motherland to find a better future for ourselves and our children. However, faith alone is not complete without action. Yes, we believe but we also must do,” Congen said.
The officers of Nurses on Mission are: President – Dory Aban; Vice President – Vilma Lleva Secretary – Michelle Domingo; Treasurer – Mariciel Francisco; Auditor – Fluer Carville; Public Relations Officer – Paula Luansing; Official Photographer – Jun Fuerte and Adviser – Rey Aban.
For enquiries on how to donate, volunteer or to become a member of MNM, contact Dory Aban on 0425818193 or Vilma Lleva on 0405294492.
Meanwhile, MNM President Dory Aban has reported in her speech that last year’s Charity Ball raised $5,000. It then funded free medical, surgical and dental services in Coron, Palawan, Philippines. The group also facilitated medical consultations of 350 patients, dental extractions of 100 patients, distributed medicines and vitamins, clothing and goodies. The group also conducted a Feeding Program in San Fernando, La Union.
Aban said that MNM also visited the Hope of Melbourne School of Arts and Trade in Umingan, Pangasinan where several poor but deserving students are studying. “It’s hearwarming how the students express their gratitude and share their achievements with us. And it feels awesome to see these children finish their tertiary education and see in their eyes flickers of hope that they can fulfill their dreams,” Aban said.
To read Dory Aban’s full report on MNM’s charity activities, click http://philtimes.com.au/nurses-on-a-noble-mission/
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