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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2012
Active RetireesTM | 49 “Hundreds of Rotary, Rotaract and other clubs, along with individual Probus members, contribute to the project,” she says. Operation Cleft relies heavily on volunteers and donations in order to perform as many repairs as possible. With the average cost of an operation at $250, the benefits far outweigh the cost. Most surgeries are performed on children up until they’re of school age. But Operation Cleft doesn’t exclude anyone based on age, so there are repairs performed on older children and even adults. It costs the organisation around $300,000 per annum to run the project, with between 1000 and 1200 operations a year. Being an ambassador Rowley Tompsett is one of many ambassadors Australia-wide who promote the work of Operation Cleft. He has been involved with the project for three years, starting from when he heard Colin McFarlane, the founder of Operation Cleft, speak at a Rotary Club in Canberra. “He came to the club and did a presentation, and it ended up costing me my first operation,” Rowley laughs. “I think I heard Colin speak three times after that, and every time it cost me another operation. That year my club ended up donating about 15 operations.” Rowley is currently an Assistant Governor and the District Rotaract Chair. On 31 December last year he retired from full-time work as an Air Force officer. As well as taking on part-time work with the Air Force Reserve, he is now focusing on Rotary, so when he got a call inviting him to become an Operation Cleft ambassador, he jumped at the chance. His responsibilities vary, but he makes himself available in the district to speak at Rotary Clubs and other organisations to give talks on Operation Cleft. “I go out to clubs and encourage them to consider donating to the project as part of their annual donation program,” he says. •• finD ouT MorE For more information on Operation Cleft, contact Julie Stein or visit the Operation Cleft website. w: www.operationcleft.org.au E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 0414 246 851 opErATion CLEfT SnApSHoT The number of paid staff members of Operation Cleft The number of Rotarians on the voluntary management committee The cost of one operation The cost of the 1200 operations performed each year The number of babies born with a cleft lip and/ or palate each year The number of repairs funded by Operation Cleft so far 1 6 $250 $300,000 6627 5000 #One of Operation Cleft's patients has a cuddle with Mum before surgery.
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