Dear Members, I echo and support Ross’s accolades for Dame Patricia O’Sullivan, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Cambridge, which in 1997 as the Rotary Club of Floreat had the joy and privilege of helping join with Pat in her joyful, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic choices of toys and educational materials for thousands of deaf children in Surabaya.Pat was also a delightful and influential character, with her persuasive packages shipped to Surabaya with maximum efficiency and speed by Garuda Airlines.We should celebrate her life, as thousands of children certainly do, and hopefully many now adults, all in their silent and alingual world. We also sincerely thank Trish, the daughter of two powerful and wonderful people, Dan and Pat, for taking up their heritage in building and strengthening effective community bridges with Indonesia.And I personally thank Ross, who kindly opened one of our links when times were much more greatly troubled. With truly wondrous memories. (Prof.) Brian J. O'BrienFloreat WA 6014Australia
So sorry to hear of Patricia's passing. She did much to improve the lives of the disadvantaged and damaged; through translating her concerns into practical projects she also strengthened relations between RI and Oz. As we say here, not a NATO (no action, talk only) lady.You can be justly proud of her many achievements, Trisha.My sympathies.Duncan Grahamwww.indonesianow.blogspot.comSkype: ERLINAWATIRI: +62 817378460 / +62 341 727719
Thanks Ross. Pat was a formidable woman and one who I thoroughly enjoyed working with - thank you for introducing us all those years ago and take a bow that our (yours, mine, hers) work was part of the story of getting those funds to the school. The image of our daughter Ruby doing signing with the kids on a visit to Karya Mulia is treasured. Vale Dame Patricia. Tony McRaeRiverton WA
A few years ago Trisha told me:“My mother came from a poor family and always felt for poor children. She knew that big differences can be made by doing many small things. She talked about ‘lighthouse projects’, beacons of best practice showing the way for others to follow.“Indonesia is now where Australia used to be in caring for deaf children. “In WA we are blessed – we can afford to be generous. It’s our humanitarian responsibility to offer our expertise and support those who want to improve services."