Ondria Cheeseman has always wanted to write a book since her early days.
It was her volunteering experience at Klibur Domin in 2014 that pushed her along her bucket list giving her the much needed motivation to write and realize her dream.
At the age of three, Ondria needed to be hospitalized for heart surgery. She knew then that her calling was to nursing. That was in 1966 and fifty years on Ondria is still nursing.
She trained at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Upon her graduation she worked in Northern Territory, Western Australia, Papua New Guinea in the Duke of York Islands and Bougainville.
Ondria met her husband, Leicester, in Papua New Guinea and went to live in his homeland New Zealand, where they raised their three children.
Returning to Australia they settled in Ballarat, Victoria. Ondria worked in a variety of nursing positions and developed a serious interest in palliative care. This has been her main area of nursing in recent years. Continue reading Telling My Story – A Life in Nursing
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
Recently we had the privilege of spending two weeks as volunteers at Klibur Domin. We were warmly welcomed into this eclectic community and were impressed by the wide range of programs operating out of KD.
We were happy to fit in where needed while we were there.
Stuart joined Barry (volunteer) in general maintenance around the place and in continuing to work on the kitchen garden established by Barry. They also spent time sorting and repairing equipment stored in a container on the compound. We had taken some medical supplies over with us and Stuart, a nurse, spent time with the clinic nurse going through the supplies and discussing how they could be used. Stuart also had the opportunity to spend a day with the immunisation team which was a highlight for him professionally.
Continue reading Stuart and Jeanette
Anyone who can possibly make the effort to spend time in Timor Leste should jump at the opportunity. I enjoyed every day of my two months’ stay at Klibur Domin. As I have been retired for a few years I was worried that the long day from 8 am until 5 pm in the heat might prove too much for me. It turned out to be like a holiday on a tropical island away from the Ballarat winter. The warm weather and cool nights suited me though if I had to work in the sun it would have been a different story. Continue reading Fran
Motivation was not hard to find at Klibur Domin
Ryder-Cheshire Australia values the work of our all overseas volunteers and we look forward to receiving their reports at the end of their assignments. With his permission, we would like to share some reflections from a recent report by Timothy Burns. Continue reading Tim