Fr Ted Burns is a retired priest of the Melbourne Archdiocese. He has had a long association with Ryder-Cheshire and was instrumental many years ago in recruiting our current RCA President, Peter Newton AO. Fr Burns recently visited Klibur Domin in company with Peter. He is the author of this article which is appearing in the Catholic magazine Annals Australasia and the text is reproduced here with kind permission of
Fr Burns and the publisher.
SHARED LOVE IN EAST TIMOR
RYDER-CHESHIRE IN ACTION ON AUSTRALIA’S DOORSTEP
By Fr. Ted Burns PE
It’s not every day that a priest (especially one in his late 70s) gets such a sweet smile from a young lady. It happened to me recently at a small village in Ermera province, in the rugged mountains of Timor-Leste, better-known as East Timor.
The lady concerned was about 10 months old. As she beamed at me from her mother’s arms, I realized, as her tiny face lit up, that she had virtually no upper lip. My immediate reaction was resolving to find help for her. Such cases are not unusual.
On this visit to East Timor, I had joined the mobile unit of a Community Based Rehabilitation team from Klibur Domin (KD) a Ryder-Cheshire (RCA) initiative sponsored by Australians and New Zealanders, and operated by about 40 local Timorese from their base at Tibar, 17 km west of Dili.
Fr Burns with mothers and young patients
Klibur Domin is Timorese for Shared Love, and the Mobile Rehab team is just one arm of this wonderfully effective outfit. There is also a Mobile TB team. It too travels to remote villages, diagnosing and treating sufferers. Timor has one of the highest rates of TB in the world, and literally hundreds have been treated, thanks to the Clinic at KD. Continue reading Shared Love in East Timor→
Margaret Blaber 1987 – 2001 Evelyn Petters 2003 – ongoing
At the Biennial Conference in April, Evelyn Petters, spoke about the history of our Newsletter, The Red Feather. Here is an excerpt, starting with a letter written in 2001 by the former Editor, the late Margaret Blaber of Adelaide, SA.
“In mid-1987 I received a surprising phone call – would I be interested in organising a Newsletter for the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation? There would be an honorarium. ….. In half an hour a car arrived and I found myself at the home of Dame Roma Mitchell in East Terrace. I was then introduced to Dame Roma, Leonard Cheshire and Sue Ryder. Wow! I was overawed at being “interviewed”. Leonard offered me a cup of coffee and within a very short time I felt completely at ease. I knew nothing about the Ryder-Cheshire organization, but I did know of Leonard Cheshire and his war time record. It was a most unusual “interview”, more a conversation about what would be involved and an agreement that a monthly honorarium would be paid. It never was. It did not take me long to realise that the honorarium would be an expense that the organisation could ill-afford and the more I learned about Ryder-Cheshire the more I was happy to take on the task on a voluntary basis and did so for the next 15 years ….. (and over 50 issues)”Continue reading The Story of the Red Feather→
The Sue Ryder Prayer Fellowship in the UK has announced
the creation of an annual Sue Ryder Day.
Here is an extract from their letter:
“It is with great joy that I can tell you that it has been agreed by “The Sue Ryder Prayer Fellowship”, “Sue Ryder” and “The Lady Ryder of Warsaw Memorial Trust” to celebrate the life of our Founder, by creating SUE RYDER DAY. We hope it will become an annual event, celebrated wherever we are in the world, on July 6th in all of our Homes, shops in fact in every place which bears the name Sue Ryder.Continue reading SUE RYDER DAY 2016→
Congratulations to our very own Dianne McGrath, President of the Ryder-Cheshire Ballarat Support Group, who was recently recognised by The Zonta Club of Ballarat as one of Ballarat’s Great Women 2016.
Dianne was honoured with this award by her peers during International Women’s Week in March, in recognition of more than 40 years as a primary and tertiary educator, in the Ballarat area, where she continues to work and to contribute in this field even today.
She was also recognised by her peers as a visionary, having decades ago understood and promoted the contribution that Asia and especially China has played in the development of Australia, and the special contribution that Chinese residents have played in the development of Ballarat since the 1850’ s goldfield days.
Her outstanding contribution to education, her leadership and active contribution to many charitable groups, her cultural vision in awakening the Goom Loong, the Chinese Dragon who resides Sovereign Hill Ballarat. and who celebrates his 20th Anniversary this year, and the redevelopment of the Ballarat Chinese Cemetery are just some examples of Dianne’s contribution to Ballarat life.
The presentation also mentioned Dianne’s sense of family, both immediate and extended whom she tends with as much love as she attends to her cottage garden in historical Ballarat. In mentioning Dianne’s extended family, she has also developed an extensive network of close personal relationships with people from all over Australia and Internationally.