Our guest speaker at lunch yesterday was Michael Wright the Immediate Past President of The Rotary Club of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

For the last 3 years Farnborough Rotary Club has given a disbursement of £500 from our funds collected from the good people of Farnborough on our Christmas collections. (85% of our collections go to local charities and organisations).

Michael Wright and President Brian Fagg – Presenting a cheque

Rotary is an International organisation and any member from any club can visit any club across the globe and receive a warm welcome.

Michael’s visit was to give us a talk about the work that he and his club are undertaking to help people  with MEC (meningoencephalocele) which is rare a birth defect found in remote villages in Cambodia. At birth the skull fails to close which causes the child’s brain to herniate through the opening near the bridge of the nose.

He showed us some harrowing pictures of young people who had suffered with this disease and the recoveries that these patients had made. You can see some of these photos on their website http://rotaryclubpp.org/ The changes that a simple operation can make to the people’s lives costs just $950 and its life changing in many cases.

Michael Wright and Fellow Rotarian Gordon Beal

You can get more information about MEC from the Rotary Club of Phnom Penh website 

A big thank you to Michael Wright and Fellow Rotarian Gordon Beal for a fascinating talk.

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