Rotary clubs get behind the GMRI

Pat Waite

The past Governor of Rotary District 9940 and GMRI supporter, Pat Waite

Rotary clubs in New Zealand and Australia are being urged to actively support the GMRI.

GMRI Founder and Executive Director, Dr Swee Tan, has a long association with Rotary in New Zealand.

In addition to his work with the GMRI, Swee has provided surgical services for free to the Rotary Overseas Medical Aid Corps (ROMAC).

He was made a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2008 and was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Rotary International Institute conference in Wellington.

The past Governor of District 9940 and the organiser of that conference, Pat Waite, says Swee’s keynote presentation was rated the best by conference delegates.

“Over 80 percent of those surveyed noted Swee’s presentation exceeded expectations, a remarkable result,” Pat says.

Now Pat’s urging Rotarians on both sides of the Tasman to support Swee and his team at the GMRI to help progress their work on cancer based on their concept of cancer stem cells, which are thought to be the driving force behind the development and progression of cancer.

“Supporting and developing public health initiatives is a key driver for Rotary and the work that Swee and the GMRI is doing is very relevant,” Pat said.

Pat is working closely with Swee and his team, and Rob Cameron of Cameron Partners, on other initiatives that will support that firm’s philanthropic campaign to raise money for the GMRI.

“Rotary is very keen to assist Swee and the GMRI,” Pat said.

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