Community Support

Sentry Medical is dedicated to providing community support to numerous charitable funds both locally and internationally, including but not limited to:

Open Heart International

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Open Heart International provides specialist medical services in developing countries where men, women and children cannot access the necessary healthcare they so desperately require.

Inspired to action following a visit to Tonga, Open Heart International was established by three men as volunteers, who all worked for Sydney Adventist Hospital at the time.

Open Heart International coordinates teams of humanitarian health professionals and provides free life-transforming treatments including surgery, currently in Burns surgery, Cardiac, Orthopaedic, Ophthalmology and Women’s Health.  Projects have been undertaken throughout the Pacific, Asia and Africa.

Many of these patients would not have survived let alone be leading the happy and productive lives they currently are in their communities around the world.

Sentry Medical is pleased to continue to support Open Heart International with the inspiring work they do each year. Sentry Medical donates a number of products from our extensive range to their work.

For more information please visit their website, www.ohi.org.au

 

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Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

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Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea plays a vital role in raising money towards Cancer Council’s work in research, education, prevention and support.  1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer before they reach the age of 85. Cancer Council work with their members, the eight state and territory cancer organisations to:

  • undertake and fund cancer research
  • prevent and control cancer
  • provide information and support for people affected by cancer

As a national organisation Cancer Council advise governments and other bodies about appropriate practices and policies for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and advocate for the rights of cancer patients to best treatment and supportive care. Cancer Council are here to support those diagnosed as well as their families. With your help and support Cancer Council can continue to offer their services.

Sentry Medical is pleased to be involved in raising money for Cancer Council through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. If you would like to make a donation please click here.

For more information please visit Cancer Council Australia

 

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YWAM Medical Ships – Australia

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YWAM Medical Ships – Australia (YWAM MSA)  is actively developing communities by addressing the health care and training needs in Papua New Guinea (PNG) alongside the priorities and vision of the PNG National Health Plan, PNG National Department of Education, and DFAT’s commitment to the millennium Development Goals.

YWAM MSA is implementing programs with its Medical Ship and land-based teams in rural PNG communities in association with key stakeholders and partners. All of YWAM MSA staff, including senior project managers, are full-time volunteers.

YWAM MSA facilitates outreaches with its Medical Ship and land-based teams to rural and remote areas of PNG. The clinics include: primary health care, dentistry, immunisations, antenatal checks, malaria and haemoglobin testing and treatment, optometry, and ophthalmology. Training programs for rural healthcare workers and various health promotion initiatives for school children and the general community are incorporated into the clinics.

These clinics are primarily made up of medical professionals who volunteer their time, knowledge, and expertise for two weeks or more on board the YWAM Medical Ship.

Sentry Medical is pleased to support YWAM Medical Ships – Australia with the wonderful work they do each year in Papua New Guinea. Sentry Medical donates a number of products from our extensive range to do their work.

For more information about YWAM MSA or to volunteer with them, please visit their website:www.ywamships.org.au

 

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Restoreone

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Created in 2013, Restore One has a mission: To break poverty one community at a time, through:

·         Housing

·         Education

·         Employment

·         Health initiatives

Projects:

The Restore One Cafe and Training Centre for Vulnerable Women

Street 123, Number 23, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

If you are a poor, uneducated young person, a life of dignity, safety and security is hard to find.

Many end up in forced labour or slavery as the only way to pay their debts and make a living. This cycle of poverty can affect generations of people to come, unless action is taken.

The Restore One Cafe serves the best burgers in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia! But our purpose is far greater than that.

The cafe is a training ground for young people at risk.

A 12-month traineeship at the cafe equips them for a successful career in the booming hospitality and tourism industry.

These skills include:

·         Customer service

·         Waitressing

·         Food preparation

·         Coffee making

·         Cash handling

·         A working knowledge of the English language, to maximise employment potential.

We are proud to be running a first-rate cafe that not only satisfies our customers, but changes lives in the process.

The Restore One Primary School Project

Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia

In the West, we take quality schooling for granted. In Cambodia, education is the difference between a life of prosperity and a life-sentence of abject poverty, exploitation, and even slavery.

We are developing a village school in the Kampong Thom Province that has experienced a number of challenges over the years.

These include:

·         Malnourished students

·         Cramped classroom conditions

·         A general lack of resources

·         Teachers who show up as little as two days a week, because they are unable to afford transport.

In partnership with Cambodia’s Department of Education, Restore One is working to address these issues and turn the school into a pillar of the local community.

We have already constructed four additional classrooms, to provide a more comfortable learning space and to expand our reach into the local community. By September 2014, the school will serve 300 local students!

We have committed to:

·         Providing nutritious school lunches for the students, which will improve concentration and general wellbeing.

·         Raising the wages of the teachers to a level that allows them to live with dignity and afford transport to work.

·         Bringing professional teachers from Australia, to conduct professional development courses for the local teachers.

·         Providing English language classes for the students, which maximise employment opportunities in adulthood.

·         Positioning the school as a focal point for the local community, with life-skills classes for adults, in areas such as quality parenting and health/hygiene principles.

With the help of the government, the local community and our generous supporters, we believe that we can make this school the very best in the area.

Houses for Families in Need

Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia

Our most successful project so far has been the funding and construction of houses for poor rural families. Cambodia’s monsoon season brings brutal rainstorms and flooding, so protection from the elements is an especially serious issue.

In consultation with the local people, we have developed a design that is both simple and highly effective. The houses are made with a cost-effective yet reliable combination of bamboo and timber. They are also raised on stilts to avoid flooding.

The houses are constructed as a collaboration between Restore One volunteers and local labour, to create an added benefit of employment and income for local tradespeople.

This project has changed the lives of many vulnerable families, and there are always more to help.

Accountability is key. A family is given a house on the condition that they maintain it as a positive, uplifting environment for their children. Upon receipt of a new house, the parents sign a contract whereby they commit to:

·         Keeping the house in a reasonable state of order and care.

·         Using income responsibly, to provide for their children.

·         Sending their children to school.

This agreement ensures that the time and money spent constructing a house is put to good use for responsible families.

Micro-Business and Life Skills Training

Jewellery Enterprise – Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia

Textiles Enterprise – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Because of the significant poverty and social problems in Cambodia, women from poorer families are required to work as well as raise children.

Many are poorly educated, with low-paid farm work or poorly paid city jobs often being the only realistic options for an income. These forms of work may take them away from their families for long periods of time.

It is not uncommon for women to return home, only to find that their children are all working in order to make ends meet.

Therefore, it is essential that women have a means of working from home, in order to generate an income and care for their children at the same time.

At Restore One, we are establishing two micro-business enterprises:

·         A cost-effective jewellery business run by women from the village where we work in Kampong Thom Province.

·         A textiles design and sewing business run by young mothers in a slum area of Phnom Penh.

The real expenditure of these projects is not the materials, but the life-skills training and education that we intend to deliver for these disadvantaged young women.

Our goal is to provide, for each project, a teacher to mentor the women in the following key areas:

·         Health and hygiene principles

·         Parenting skills

·         Nutritional principles

·         Dealing with family problems such as domestic violence.

Education in these areas will assist our young women in combating the cycle of poverty and disadvantage for themselves and their children.

For more information about Restore One or to volunteer with them, please visit their website:www.restoreone.org.au