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18 August 2012


Landmine Amputees in Cambodia


SPEAKER:       
MARION FROMM
Marion went with a group from Australia to Cambodia and saw first-hand the plight of land mine amputees. She saw people who, because of their injuries, were not considered employable and whose only means of survival was through begging. Outcast from society, shunned by friends and family, even stores would often refuse to serve them.
Marion had a vision to start a factory to employ landmine survivors to produce dried tropical fruit and jam. She has persued this for the last 8 years. At present the factory employs 34 but a new factory and housing complex is planned on a farm that presently grows mangos. At various time Marion has also had polio survivors working for her.
You can get e copy of Marion's June newsletter here.

 


Waikato Mini Newsletter for August 2012


  • June meeting report: Gerri Pomeroy shared some of her own story of having a rare form of cancer in her 20s, and treatment that has left her over the years with debilitating problems. This has not stopped her from being a cheerful and passionate advocate for those with access challenges. She had us enthralled with stories of her involvement with Councils and committees where her position from a wheelchair emphasised her point and brought about change.

  • Health & Disability EXPO: Sept 15 & 16th. We will again have a stand, and will be looking for volunteers to man the stand.

  • Special Meeting: On Wednesday 18th September 1.30 - 3.00pm Jega will be coming to Hamilton to speak with those who can come midweek. Venue is CCS Disability Rooms in Claudlands Road. See separate flyer. A meeting with a focus for professionals will be held prior to this at 11.30 am. Please invite your GP, physiotherapist, OT, other health professional, or supplier of mobility aids and equipment to attend. More info here

  • National Conference will be in Wellington 27 ~ 29 September. Guest speaker will be Jega, a Physiotherapist from Perth and an expert on the Late Effects of Polio. Well worth the effort of coming to Conference, so start saving. See here


















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2012 Polio NZ Waikato