ever been involuntarily “volunteered” by someone else to do something? *grins*
recently, i was “volunteered” by mr ranjit (medical advisor of palliative care association & chairman of anglican diocesan welfare board) to go to kampung entilibon for a medical camp, organised by the diocesan welfare board.
on 22nd september 2007 (saturday) at about 12pm, about 60 of us (medical doctors, nurses and volunteers) gathered at wisma anglican of all saints’ cathedral. we were then sent off with a prayer by bishop albert vun.
i was put in a 4wd together with dr babu & jessie wong of labuan and amy of all saints’ cathedral’s chinese congregation. we were driven by datuk foo of all saints’ cathedral. a fun team indeed!
we left kk around 12:45pm. by 3.30pm, we stopped by ranau for toilet break/lunch/stretchings.
we finally reached the valley of blessing, telupid around 6pm. this was where we spent the night before departing for kampung entilibon the next day.
that night, we had barbeque at archdeacon melter tais’ residence after a short time of praise & worship, followed by speech from mr ranjit and david wong.
i managed to fall asleep only around 1am. the next day, we woke up at 5.30am for clean up, pack up & breakfast.
supposed to leave at 7am for kampung entilibon. while waiting for the rest to get ready, i managed to squeeze in some time for a few more shots.
we departed for the one-hour journey to kampung entilibon around 7.30am. what a bumpy ride it was…
we reached there around 8.30am and immediately went into action… registration, blood pressure taking, blood glucose measurement and general screening (dr babu, dr mahendran, dr davy hong, dr george) before instant referal to specialists (opthalmologists – dr molly/dr sina, ear nose throat specialist – dr maher, o&g – dr helen lasimbang, skin specialist – dr melinda tong, paediatrician – dr june liew and a dentist)
kampung entilibon has an approximate population of 600+ villagers. most of them are farmers. their main language spoken being kadazan/dusun, although most of them speak malay too. while doing the finger prick for the blood glucose measurement, i kept repeating in kadazan, “sikit aru-al” (a little painful). some of them were amused… until they were pricked.
dr june taking good care of the kids
ps syen tze from sandakan and pei san, the official photographer for the camp
the makeshift toilet
from left: dr babu (surgeon), datuk foo (driver), me (nurse), jessie (nurse) and amy
you know, i enjoyed this medical camp so much that i was glad i was being “volunteered”. by the end of the camp, we trust that about 480 villagers’ health and welfare were improved…
~ showing God’s love in a practical manner ~