THE ROAD TO GULU PROJECT
SYSSM – Road to Gulu Project Charity Day
Wednesday, 12th of April
The team at South Yarra Spine & Sports Medicine are excited to announce that on the 12th of April they will be hosting their first Charity Fundraising Day!
SYSSM have had the privilege of supporting The Road to Gulu Project from its inception in 2015, contributing to the their first major project of building the Lukodi Health Centre and now as the Health Centre is flourishing we are excited to help them extend the centre to include a maternity ward. We at SYSSM aim to provide exceptional health care to our local community and are honoured to help another community that is not as lucky as ours to also have access to such care.
On the day there will be a variety of ways to contribute both anonymously , as a tax deduction and as a result of receiving treatment from our practitioners.
So on the 12th of April we invite you to join us, learn more about this wonderful foundation.
If you would like to learn more about this foundation you can visit
THE ROAD TO GULU – Gillian Cottrell
My love of Africa began when I was preivedleged to have two refugees join my class in my first year of teaching, it was from that moment on I knew that one day I would use my skills as an educator to help support this beautiful part of the world. Skip ahead 10 or so years and I had the unique opportunity to travel and volunteer in Uganda with good friends of mine and assist them with work that they had begun some years prior.
The Driver family had begun their family legacy of supporting the northern Ugandan region of Lukodi after learning of the 20 years of devastation that took place at by hands of Joseph Koney and his Army.
So they joined forces with Bright Futures (Australian charity partner) and the Bishop Onono Foundation (Ugandan charity partner) to devise ways to best assist the region in ‘getting back on their feet’. Once Angela and I visited and volunteered in the region we were compelled to try and spread the word and work further by creating the Road to Gulu Project, a foundation that assist the locals in rebuilding their community, more specifically supporting them with furthering their education, their health and the industries and business that support the region.
All of our projects are self sustaining and designed in conjunction with the locals, as it is not our intention to tell then what they need but to assist them to rebuild and prosper once again.
The Road to Gulu Project prides itself on passing on 100% of all money raised wherever possible and is completely run by volunteers. 100% of the money raised from the SYSSM Charity day will be going towards the construction of a Maternity Ward, which will be an extension to the Health Care Centre opened in January 2016. The Health Care Centre has assisted over 1,500 locals in their health care needs, the birth rate risen from 5 babies a month to over 60 and the mortality rate has dropped significantly. With so many babies joining the community the addition on the Maternity ward is overwhelmingly needed and will ensure that the Mothers of Lukodi continue to give birth in an area that is safe, supported and separate from the other people being treated.
– Gillian Cottrell