Join a mission to build clinic
A FRIENDSHIP formed from music has taken Sally Williams on a mission of good will.
The John Flynn Hospital nurse played a central role in helping to establish a medical clinic in a remote village of Pipisu in the Solomon Islands.
Ms Williams raised $10, 000 since last September and liaised with area’s MP, village chief and the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health to get permission to build the Pipisu Medical Clinic.
Ms Williams said the project came about after meeting a group of traditional pan pipers from the Solomon Islands.
“I’m a member of Samba Blisstas carnival drumming group and was introduced to the group early last year,” she said.
“They were playing a funded tour that included the Blues Festival.”
The group managed to save enough money during their tour to build a small community centre in their village.
“They hoped to use it to attract tourists and create employment for locals, and a few of us decided we would go on a bit of an adventure holiday to visit.”
While planning the trip Ms Williams said it became apparent there was no adequate medical care available to the local people and made it her mission to help.
“The nearest hospital is at the top of Malaita, the island is about 200 miles long and Pipisu is at the bottom,” she said.
Ms Williams approached John Flynn Hospital CEO Greg Jenke who threw his support behind the initiative.
“He said he had spent some time in the Solomons and offered to match up to $5000 of what I raise annually to contribute to the building and running of the clinic,” she said.
Ms Williams will hold a charity golf day at the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club this Saturday, for more details phone 0423 018 496.