In October 2018, as part of the Charitable Work program at Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy, I was sent as a Physiotherapist to volunteer in Nepal. I travelled to Nepal to volunteer in a very remote village, Maidi. Maidi is 4 hours out of Kathmandu. Mind you, 1 of these 4 hours was spent driving a mere 8km down a beaten track full of potholes, rocks and animals; hence “remote village”.
This was the first Volunteering in Nepal trip since we set up our charitable works program. To catch you up – on my last journey to Nepal, I discussed with Matt from Hike Himalaya Adventures how Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy could help the disadvantaged in the remote rural villages of Nepal. You can read about that here.
Sport & Spinal Physio really love volunteering our services at the Mother’s Day Classic run every year. It is a wonderful event with a great community of volunteers and participants. We regularly have therapists volunteer their time on Mother’s Day to help out in our massage tent for a few hours. This year, David, who normally works in admin, joined Simon, Jamie, Freddy and Craig in the tent, on what was a pretty cold day in Canberra. David is a 3rd year Physiotherapy student at UC and he was keen to volunteer his time and knowledge. Here’s David’s match report:
How does Volunteering in Nepal sound? Sport & Spinal have been volunteering our services to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities in remote parts of Australia for a while now. You can read more about some of our Charitable Works Programs in Palm Island, (here and here), North East Arnhem Land (here and here), and Nepal. This time we’ve amped up our program and we’re volunteering in Nepal.
Podiatrist, Cecilia Brennan, recently spent a week volunteering with the SOS Health Foundation at Palm Island. Palm Island has a population of approximately 2000 people with a large percentage of indigenous people. The contemporary Aboriginal name for Palm Islanders is ‘Bwgcolman people’ which means ‘many tribes – one people’. Many of today’s community members are descendants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people forcibly removed to Palm Island from throughout Queensland.
Cecilia gave her podiatry expertise to the locals with the aim to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s disadvantaged. The SOS Health Foundation connects Allied Health Professionals with these opportunities.
Read Cecilia’s account of the week spent on Palm Island. (Your Podiatry Canberra: http://yourpodiatrycanberra.com.au/volunteer-podiatry-services-palm-island-residents/)