Rachael Washington and Charlotte Reeves came into school recently to talk to the children about life in Tanzania. Both medical students at the time, they took part in a month-long international placement at Iringa Regional Hospital in 2012; the experience had such a profound impact on them that on returning to the UK they launched the fundraising campaign # Project Iringa. Their mission – to improve healthcare for the people of Iringa through the donation of medical equipment. Whilst they were out there, they managed to donate £2,000 to the hospital for essential supplies such as urine bags, syringes and surgical screws – and since returning home and setting up the campaign, they have already raised upwards of £15,000, allowing them to send over 600 pieces of medical equipment, including an operating table, ultrasound machine and ECG machine. They are now setting their goals towards providing a brand new anaesthetic machine to improve the safety of surgical interventions that are carried out. The girls will be back in school later in the term to do some class based activities and lessons with the children and our Mini Vinnies – the first fundraising activity will be a whole school sponsored run on Tuesday 31 March!
# Project Iringa awareness video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5vfUSPqfBQ
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectIringa
Co- founder YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSE3P6tAuBM
# Project Iringa Update & Fun Run: Rachael, one of the co-founders of # Project Iringa flew back over in Tanzania to see how all of the medical equipment they have sent over is making a difference to the community. She met the new Chief Medical Officer who couldn’t thank everybody enough for their donations they made! The hospital is boasting a brand new Paediatric department and continues to grow from strength to strength. She also spent time at Haruma Orphanage which houses 40 children from the age of 5-18 who have lost their families and home. She took over some drawings that our children did, and asked a group of (extremely eager) little volunteers to draw a picture of what they would like to become when they are older to show our children when she gets back!
To help # Project Iringa to get the final crate of equipment over (which will include an anaesthetic machine) we held a Lenten Fun Run/Walk. It was a fantastic morning seeing everyone take part in the run, everybody did a fantastic job! Our Mini-Vinnies invited Rachael from # Project Iringa into school to collect a cheque for the amazing £775.69 that was raised. Thank you to everyone that sponsored the children! The money raised means that they are now half way to raising the £8000 they need to send the final crate out to Iringa Regional Hospital. The last crate will contain lots more much needed surgical equipment, including a brand new anaesthetic machine to improve the safety of surgical interventions that are carried out.