Nurse becomes a brickie for people in need
Feb 27, 2013
For most people, living in a basic hostel in a poor village in Cambodia in 35 degree heat doesn't sound very appealing. However, for Claremont resident and Hollywood Private Hospital's nurse Gaynor Barry it was a life altering experience which will stay with her forever.
Early this year, Gaynor joined a team of 20 volunteers with Habitat for Humanity's Global Village volunteer program and spent eight days in the remote village of Phnom Pehn assisting in the build of two houses for two different families affected with HIV.
"This was my first trip as a volunteer for an overseas project and it couldn't have been more rewarding, said Gaynor. " The houses we built were literally a one room building with a toilet outside. The houses had no furniture and the floor is either concrete or bamboo.
We had a quick lesson in bricklaying and laying of the flooring. We were working eight to nine hour days in 35 degree heat with no power or running water which added to the many challenges we faced."
The sore muscles, sun burn and exhaustion were quickly replaced with tears of emotion when the volunteers were able to present the HIV affected families with their new homes.
"The families were so grateful, it was a very emotional moment. I can honestly say I have changed people's lives forever which is a pretty amazing thing to be able to say, said Gaynor."
Hollywood donated $500 towards Gaynor's fundraising efforts (raising a total of $2000). Gaynor is a long-term employee of Hollywood Private Hospital, having worked there for more than 20 years.
Hollywood Private Hospital is a modern, 659 bed state-of-the-art acute care hospital in Nedlands. The hospital is a part of Ramsay Health Care Group – Australia's largest private hospital operator.