Solomon Islanders sing thanks
IPSWICH'S continued support of the remote Atoifi Adventist Hospital in the Solomon Islands has helped stamp the 72-bed facility as the best in the country.
Ipswich born and bred Atoifi CEO, Peggy Kendall revealed the remarkable turnaround of her hospital at a Rotary club meeting in Ipswich yesterday where she praised the local community for its commitment.
She said the Solomon Island's Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare recently attended the hospital's 50th anniversary celebrations where he spoke glowingly of Atoifi Hospital rating it as his country's number one facility.
Ms Kendall said coinciding with the PM's visit has been a remarkable turnaround in local village support of the hospital from the many varying religious groups.
"The various leaders have for years been delivering mixed messages to their followers, but now they are all as one and supporting our goal which is to provide health for all," she said.
Ms Kendall is presently back in Australia on a hospital fund raising mission and as part of her tour she is being supported by a small vocal group from the hospital called "The Singing Medicos".
And that's exactly what they are with the hospital's only doctor backed on the stage by three male nurses.
They performed two songs both aimed to reflect the appreciation of the Solomon people to Ipswich residents. The songs were "You Lift Me Up" and "Love Can Turn the World".
Ipswich City Rotary, Mayor Paul Pisasale, Ipswich Hospital and St Andrews have all been strong supporters of Atoifi over the past few years.
Mayor Paul Pisasale once again helped out the hospital with a $2000 donation.