A good number of members and friends attended last night’s Zoom meeting! PDG Harold Sharp, Chairman of ROMAC joined us and showed us a great presentation on the remarkable work performed by ROMAC. Rotary has many acronyms and ROMAC is one of them – so what does it stand for? It stands for ‘Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children’ and is a combined Australia and New Zealand multi-district Rotary project. ROMAC has been in operation for over 30 years. Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to run this project that encompasses all the Districts of Australia and New Zealand. They are ably assisted by many eminent Australian and New Zealand surgeons who generously donate their time for the treatment of the patients. This excellent humanitarian program has provided life-giving surgery to over 500 children from more than 20 developing countries where the medical treatment was not available to them in their own country.
Harold told us about a number of the many success stories and how everyone involved in ROMAC is a volunteer. Some of the ways volunteers assist ROMAC is by collecting a patient on arrival from the airport, taking a patient to an appointment, visiting a patient in the hospital or making arrangements for patients to go on a short stay trip to the country. There are other ways as well, such as taking a voluntary management position – so plenty of opportunities for people to get involved and assist. Needless to say Covid-19 has somewhat curtailed ROMAC’s program with some children sadly unable to be brought to Australia as well as a couple of patients unable to leave.
If you’d like to assist by making a donation to ROMAC their website link is below. If you’d like to volunteer then please contact any of the team members listed on their website.