Rossmoyne Rotary member talks about time in ebola-affected Sierra Leone

Rossmoyne Rotary member talks about time in ebola-affected Sierra Leone

ANNE Carey, a 2016 National Australian of the Year finalist, was one of five Australians who travelled to Sierra Leone to help during the country’s ebola crisis.

Mrs Carey, a nurse, was no stranger to working in extreme conditions as her previous work with the Red Cross took her globally; from working in refugee camps to war zones.

Last week, Mrs Carey spoke to members of the Rotary Club in Rossmoyne to share her altruistic stories.

She said the world had become paralysed by fear during the 2014 ebola outbreak, which led to procrastination and an unwillingness to offer aid.

As many countries called to isolate West Africa , Mrs Carey said she was there to offer support.

“When children have nightmares, we don’t wear earplugs, we go to them and offer some support,” she said.

When she arrived in Africa Mrs Carey described the situation as dire to the extreme, after 500 local health workers had died from the lack of safety equipment and lack of simple antiseptic.

The Red Cross buried more than 11,000 people.

She said she got through by providing comfort to those around her.

Her mantra has become “have the courage to be kind”.

To find out more about Rotary and the organisation contact Lorraine Horsley, membership director for the Rotary Club of Rossmoyne on 0419 959 206.