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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2012
48 | www.probussouthpacific.org ROTARY PROJECTS Operation Cleft, an international project of the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central in Victoria, repairs cleft lips and palates of children as young as nine months. The project, focused in Bangladesh, has funded 6627 operations since 2005, making life so much better for children born with this condition. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated and poorest countries in the world -- 40 per cent of the population live on or below the poverty line. One in 500 babies (approximately 5000) are born with the condition in Bangladesh every year, making Operation Cleft a vital service in the country. Operation Cleft is administered by a voluntary management committee of six Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central. The project has just one paid staff member in Australia, General Manager Julie Stein, who says that she's supported by a team of six volunteers. A smile on every face In Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of people live with untreated cleft lips and palates. The Rotary Club of Box Hill Central formed Operation Cleft just over five years ago to fund surgical repairs and now, volunteers throughout Australia are dedicated to the cause. By Ali Klaver iStock
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