Successful fundraiser assists in fight against Ebola

Successful fundraiser assists in fight against Ebola

Wednesday 5 November 2014


The Australian Medical Association (WA) will match the money raised by the African Australian Union to assist in the fight against one of the world’s most frightening diseases – Ebola.


AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon, who yesterday accepted a cheque from the African Australian Union for $5000, said the AMA (WA) would match the donation with goods to a similar value. The money will be used to purchase masks, gloves and gowns that are vital in the fight against this dreadful disease, Dr Gannon said.


Dr Gannon congratulated the African Australian Union for its effort in raising the money through its members and supporters.


“I am proud to be able to accept this cheque and to let everyone know that I, as a representative of the medical profession in WA, am thinking of our fellow health practitioners who are on the ground in West Africa helping in the fight against Ebola,” he said.


“Special thanks must go to the AAU for working hard to raise this money, and we hope that more organisations will now step up to the plate and help those fighting Ebola on the ground in West Africa.


Dr Gannon also expressed his gratitude to Sydney based medical products company, Sentry Medical, who generously matched the AMA (WA)’s contribution with a further $2500 worth of much-needed medical supplies. Sentry Medical’s donation will be included in the goods to be sent to West Africa.


“No one working in West Africa does so without major risk and it is important that we ensure that the best equipment is available in the battle against this devastating epidemic.


“We are currently working with the Health Department of WA and local mining companies with interests in West Africa to ensure that this equipment goes to where it is most needed.


“Our state is closest to West Africa, and with growing economic ties with a number of countries in the region impacted by this scourge, it is important that we carry our weight in ensuring equipment gets to where it will do the most good,” Dr Gannon said.


Dr Gannon also expressed his appreciation for the fundraising efforts by the Chairperson of AAU, Mr Meo Beyan, and all the members of the organising committee, including Mr Aaron Sawmadal, and a number of people from Atlas Iron, including the non-executive chairman, Mr David Flanagan, Strategic Project Director Ms Cheryl Edwardes and Senior Communications Adviser Mr Andrew Gaspar.


Jessica Indrawirawan; the Church of Christ (Malaga); Shalom Evangelical Ministries International, and a number of WA parliamentarians also played an important part in the fundraising efforts.

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