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MARCEL CAMPBELL

Director Supporting Silk Sisters Project (Cambodia)

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ABOUT MARCEL

We are excited and honoured to introduce Marcel Campbell, our first official GSF.Connect Video Guest. Marcel has spent her entire life helping others. Armed with a Bachelor of Nursing & Masters of Remote Health Practice she spent 40 years working as a remote area nurse throughout some of the most far reaching rural and indigenous areas of Australia, and eventually found her next true calling in, of all places, Cambodia. She is now the Director of Supporting Silk Sisters Project – an Australian Charity.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][mk_image_slideshow images=”4417,4416,4419″ pause_on_hover=”true”][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1527662177609{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]On what started out as a holiday trip to the beautiful country in 2007, Marcel was taken on a tour of medical facilities in a remote village near to where she was staying. She thought she had experienced a wide selection of conditions medicine was practiced in throughout her career, but the facilities (and lack-there-of) that women were giving birth in, and children being treated in, took her a-back.

 

The government clinic we visited was poorly equipped and I witnessed a young woman in labour who was going to give birth in a corridor. That experience spurred me to build a birthing room for women and SSS was born.

 

In less than 5 years since setting up SSS, Marcel, her husband and a slew of passionate volunteers have made 15 trips to Cambodia with Marcel bringing her remote clinical skills and experience of working in primary health care and community development to urban slums and remote rural areas of Cambodia.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][mk_image_slideshow images=”4421,4413,4420″][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1527662223596{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]They have also:

  • Constructed a fully functioning birthing room for women
  • Conducted a feeding program for malnourished children in the slums of Cambodia
  • Identified serious illness in children and funded their medical care, medications and ongoing investigations
  • Housed homeless families
  • Donated medical equipment and medical drugs to a referral hospital

 

The charity itself focuses on working at the grass roots level with individuals and families, midwifery and nursing education and our free primary health care clinics. They provide clinical education for midwives and nurses who give care to patients in rural villages and urban slums, as well as supporting the children and families most in need of help in Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][mk_image src=”https://girlshapedflames.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/sss-logo.png” image_size=”medium” link=”https://www.facebook.com/SupportingSilkSisters/” target=”_blank” align=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1527662569738{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Marcel is particularly passionate about the power the experience of volunteering can have on a person:

Volunteering is challenging and my personal experience is that we get back what we are prepared to invest. Working in another culture challenges us as people to get out of our comfort zone, our beliefs and, values. When we are open to new experiences volunteering can be humbling, joyful, fun and an awesome learning experience.  Volunteering is not all work there is lots of time for entertaining and exploring.

We are very excited to offer the opportunity for you to ask your own burning questions of Marcel. Her focus, unwavering determination and passion for her cause is inspiring and she has an enormous amount of advice, life experience and guidance to offer. Put it in your diaries! 6pm (Bris. time) Friday 8th June.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1500299991753{background-image: url(https://girlshapedflames.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cta-rectangle-orange.jpg?id=447) !important;}”][vc_column][mk_button dimension=”outline” size=”xx-large” letter_spacing=”8″ url=”https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2915276620024/WN_xAzX3DS3TYWNzzDCg7UYCQ” align=”center” fullwidth=”true” id=”#” margin_top=”15″ outline_skin=”custom” outline_active_text_color=”#ffffff” outline_hover_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.41)”]

REGISTER FOR OUR GSF.CONNECT CHAT WITH MARCEL

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