For 20 years our work has come from word of mouth referrals

We have always said thank you via community donations

This year to date November 2021

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This year we will give around 10% of our turnover or $30,000 per employee or the same as 1/3 of my or Gina’s estimated income back to our community.

 

Lately, the corporatization of charitable services and the “effective giving” movement have carried a double-edged sword to us at James Buy Sell.

 

We have become more aware, and we want greater efficiencies to help those in need. We want change and that brings angst.

 

As donors (clients, referrers and co-workers) we are increasingly getting a barrage of impersonal, spin doctoring, politically correct noise with little meaningful feedback on our specific gifts or the specific recipient’s outcome.

 

You can track a $20 box of undies across the world but not a $2000 donation within a charity. For some time, this lack of specificity has been leaving us with a sense of vulnerability – in some ways, like those we are trying to help.

 

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Who cares Mal – it’s not about your feelings?

 

Wrong – it is about me. And you. And the person you help. And the conduits that facilitate that help. For if that interrelationship is not robust and satisfactory to all, then it will operate with a lessening intensity, till eventually it snuffs out, causing:

 

  • the donor to second guess their giving (moving to something safer like spending their cash on a boat or a T-shirt or simply keeping it in a bank),

  • the onlooker to think giving can cause angst (and therefore safer not to give),

  • the end-user recipient to not receive the help they need (in Africa if a child is not helped by you, it is likely they will remain unhelped forever),

  • some facilitators or charity workers to question the deep meaning of their work,

  • possibly a less caring society as charities lose diversity in their giver base. This is in no way to say that the main focus should be anything other than helping those in need – but long term the givers’ grassroots education and good experiences (or lack of) is an important part of our society’s rebalancing and future directions process.

 

More donors now feel you should give to the cause(s) you see fit, ones that align to your values and when you do, you have a right to expect accountability. In fact, if you really care about helping those in genuine need you will demand verification (and you pay say 10% for the reporting cost). More donors consider it rubbish that full accountability is not reasonable or possible from professional charities. If it is not possible, how does the donor or the charity know the program works or the specific recipient has been helped!

 

If you put your credit card on a vending machine for a $3 bottle of Coke you get a receipt, you expect a bottle of Coke as described and to get it in a timely manner, no excuses. Charitable giving, pandemic or not, is in many ways no different. If your Coke doesn’t come, you don’t go back to that machine and eventually you stop drinking Coke if it happens enough times.

 

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There is a place for government in charitable causes, even the lead role however, with governments “taking over some charities” via their funding domination it could be ultimately hurting those in need, despite good intentions. A $10,000 let alone a $20 donor becomes small Coke or an unimportant small cog in that charity vending machine. This increasingly (evidenced by our Australian’s % giving) feels like it is not working in Australian’s philanthropic interests as well as it could be.

 

With privacy laws, terrorism laws, charity and child safety laws, all no doubt from good intentions, it is getting to a point that many of us feel uncomfortable to help directly in case we do something “wrong”. I mean do you feel comfortable enough to talk to a child in the street who appears lost, a homeless person in a boarding house or to simply say g’day to a First Nations or Sudanese Aussie. That relationship building can be far more effective in helping, than a perfectly coiffed donation.

 

There are many great things happening – but our society is also creating massive infrastructures of righteousness and rules to provide the most basic of assistance “correctly” – OK, however the problems are increasing not decreasing, according to the press releases emailed to us all daily. If homelessness was a business what would the analysts say about its unit costs to output?

 

If you don’t have the ideas, are you prepared to try somebody else’s new ones, rather than put $50 or $500 in the shake-shake tin every Christmas and turn the other cheek? Your donation may not be important to the bigger charities, but it could make a huge difference at your local community level and there is no right or wrong helping: if it feels good for you, those in need and your community. There are homeless and those in need in your suburb, yes even Brighton and Toorak.

 

Red tape had got so much that we at James Buy Sell moved to a sponsorship model (still accountable to the Australian Tax Office) as we felt continuing towards a charity set up was too regulatorily onerous and inflexible for those in need we wanted to help.

 

As well, we no longer focus on getting all available tax deductions – a donation of $100 that is deductible but achieves little versus a gift of $50 and no deduction but achieves a lot, is for us a no brainer – look at the GoFundMe’s that work. Yes, I know immediately you think but what of the rip-offs – Ok – but what of the successes also? Get involved and assess?

 

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On the flip side, if you are a business reliant on your community, then are you giving a few bucks with your only thoughts about the monument for your generosity? Are you taking as much care with the money you give, as you do with your customers, your co-workers and your family? Are you just flicking yours or somebody else’s money to some “charity” so it can all be done, and you can get on with something really important like Christmas party planning! I know at times I have made this mistake – less now, I hope.

 

Or are you frozen in a sea of confusion and doubt about wanting to help, but not knowing where to begin and therefore doing nothing? Can we suggest you just start and like your business; make a plan, build in a review process, expect some false starts and mistakes – but like a good business actually start.

 

If you don’t start, if you don’t see it through, then your community care could and should be questioned.

 

Yes, also like a business, not everything works – what’s wrong with taking risks in charity for big pay-offs – back the young up and comers, if the establishment no longer floats your boat.

 

It’s ok to get it wrong, just not all the time. We have “wasted” money – but we have also had (to use a stock market term) some charity ten baggers that have more than compensated for our mistakes.

 

Here is one. In 2006 we used to buy homes (for no charge) for wealthy people to house the homeless. We felt this was inefficient and so we set up a fund within Launch to give cash grants for private rental subsidies to prevent those on the brink of becoming homeless – that was radical – direct cash grants. It is now a mainstream policy. Not about claiming ownership, we are sure other “radicals” had similar ideas. But that idea came from outside, not within the charity.

 

Good ideas, some seed money and seeing things through can create major change. By the way it’s come full circle and Melbourne really does need richer people buying or leasing smaller homes to provide cheaper accommodation for near homeless families in Melbourne in 2022. Building large apartment blocks just for the homeless is a regressive idea that destroyed lives for decades before being abandoned late 70’s, early 80’s.

 

Wow – why should I give Mal; it all sounds too hard?

 

Can we suggest you do it for selfish reasons?

 

Giving 5% to 10% and not .000001 of your resources will give you more balance and meaning and ultimately could even give you more income to your business, your co-workers and you! We are living proof of that, although it wasn’t our initial intention.

 

It’s not that hard to give well (ok it’s a little hard) and you go through cycles in charitable relationships just as you do with technology, with people, with your own mind. When those cycles are working cheer them on and support them even more. When they are not, we suggest you demand change (please don’t just give up).

 

We are currently going through that sort of change with a long-term charity and it’s hard, but we feel their work is so important, the people genuine and the goal right. We will hang in there supporting, agitating and hopefully influencing for a while yet. However, there is an endpoint, our giving is not about shutting up for the gold watch.

 

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I am really hoping this article encourages you to think about your gifting over the holiday period, to ask the (soft and not so soft) questions of others and mostly yourself and then perhaps ramp it up in a caring, more clinical manner. Perhaps don’t expect or demand perfection (it may frustrate you and those you are choosing to help no end) – but don’t think you are best helping by accepting second rate or by just giving the $ and that’s the end of it.

 

If you put the effort in, stacks come back to you. For instance, what I am seeing in an African project right now is so fundamentally wonderful that I have experienced few highs like this in my life (and I’ve done a lot of deals). However, it wasn’t a walk in the park to get to this point and a few people including us at times, were pissed off along the way (just like business).

 

After 45 years of what I consider serious giving with some successes and some mistakes, here are my top half dozen or so tips for those starting out or looking for a charity reset this Christmas.

 

  1. Give to make a difference to a specific recipient or project, not just add to a general pool – and give consistently. Better for you, the recipients and even the charities who have time to plan and then spend well.

  2. Define what that difference is and what you (yes you) think is the best way to achieve it. The best way may be to listen to an expert, but you can question, even argue with experts if it doesn’t feel right. They are humans but not the font of all humanity. Yes, they probably know more, so if you feel they’re genuine then listen. But make good gut decisions – trust your gut. Monitor and review.

 

  1. Find the best facilitator (rarely you). Shop around the charities, and do you really need to be wined and dined or do you need to see the shop floor. I earn in one hour what an African nurse earns in one month – it makes no $ sense for me to volunteer as an African nurse. I work slightly harder to fund from my real estate, those who do a better job than I could in charity, to help achieve efficiently what I/we want to achieve.

    Find the best bang for buck is a good dictum but not everything is about saving. In poorer countries don’t be worried about paying people – just because you are volunteering doesn’t mean the best facilitators can’t be paid. For the poor who ask for more money to do something – that’s ok if it makes sense – you are not doing your profession for free and life’s a negotiation. And overheads – geez – do you want to pay 5% overhead and no result or 20% overhead with a great result. Be smart when looking at cost v outcome. And by the way, are you giving a nuisance amount or is your donation size demanding of a serious response. Group with others?

  2. Make sure the recipient wants your gift – wow haven’t we, as a society, made some blunders when we have given what was not wanted.

  3. Ask and pay and even demand if you must, verification of goal, journey and the result review. It helps you to give more and more helps more. For me, feedback is a name with a before and after picture on WhatsApp – nothing that takes hours to prepare like an audited number or stat. But each to his or her own.

  4. Repeat if it feels good and move on to another if it doesn’t – because you need to feel good to keep giving and there are so many people out there who need you to give. Keep going, please don’t give up when once of twice it doesn’t work. Of course, do not feel guilty about putting your hand up and saying not good enough if it continues.

  5. Consider longevity of purpose – not too long as to not see it through. Actually, perhaps look to your own personality and perhaps have a mixture of some short, medium and longer term relationships, goals, result feedback.

 

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Genuine giving to others is a true purpose in life, a true meaning of life.

 

It’s the main piece of wisdom common to all mainstream religions.

 

Genuine giving to another may well improve your mental health dramatically – it does mine. The only rider is when your charity begins close to you, then sometimes you will not receive the thanks you think is warranted. If you are genuinely giving, then the ultimate aim in many cases is independence of the recipient from your ongoing gift. If you have done your job well, then you will know and that may have to be enough.

 

Having said the above, when your children see you genuinely and regularly give to others, they learn a sense of balance in themselves via osmosis and you become closer.

 

Giving unconditionally (except verification) really does improve your well-being – it breaks you away from your iPhone sense of me me me – if it is genuine and smart giving.

 

Do it and reap the benefits.

 

Kathy, Gina, Phoebe, Maddie, Sim and I sincerely thank our co-workers, our clients, our referrers, our collaborating and opposing agents, the charities we support and those we can’t, for an unusual and still in many ways wonderful 2021 and we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a brilliant 2022.

In October 2021 Mentone: We sold for long term readers of marketnews. We wanted to say thank you for their trust and long-term support and from our job together we paid for 10 Child Surgeries in the Sub-Sahara in Africa. Thank you, Donna and Phil!

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In October 2021 Middle Park: A couple were referred to us by a past client who has a history of giving back to the community. Money was given from the buy and sell to help deal with the increasing problem of temporary Melbourne homelessness via Launch. Thx Nick, Lil, David and Franki.

June 2021 Doncaster: A 20 year supporter, client and referrer brought us a proposition where we helped a couple outside our normal area buy and sell, without bank finance and downsize into a smaller home. Our role was strategy, due diligence, agent selection and negotiation. In this case our fees were donated in full. Thank you Sue, Ian, Zoe and Tony.

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 Melbourne temporarily homeless via Launch

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17 Child Surgeries in Africa

Aug Richmond Sell means >>

>>>> Oct Child Surgeries

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This paid for 10 Child Surgeries in Africa

Super enjoyable job to do. Thank you Stig and Kate for trusting us. Great fun. Great result.

June Hampton Buy means >>

We had worked for Jo before (4 times). Jo did all the searching and we did all the due diligence and negotiation. Thank you Jo

> Sep Surgery > Nov aftercare

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This paid for 27 Child Surgeries in Africa

Recent Clients and Referrers Thank you

(apologies if we have missed anybody)

Penelope & Robert

Joshua & Belinda

Michelle & Jeremy

James

Kendra & Michael

Mei & Dean

Steve

Frank & Zara

John

Jeff

Sammi & Clement

Lewis

Jo’anne

Jacqui & Paul

Nick

Adrian

David and Franki

Jarrod

Stephen & Jennifer

Florense & David

Laurie

Nikki & Chris

Michael

Rina and Darryl

Kathy and Chris

Ali and Craig

Stan and I-Lynn

Simon

Madeleine & Joe

Anne

Rose & Joseph

Nick

Liz & Henry

Premala

Hayley & Hamish

Kellie

James

Virginia & Luke

Karen & Uri

Ian & Sue

Craig

Virginia & Adam

Laura & Alon

Dean

Rob & Leonie

Nina and James

Sally & Phil

Sally & Ken

Tyler

Julie

Ben

Eliza

Kaine

Michelle & Jeremy

Owen

John

Vicky

Fiona

Frank

Anne and Murray

Katie and Mark

Karen and Jonathan

Jane and Malcolm

Zoe and Cameron

Katrina and Avik

Louise and Ross

Wendy and Evan

Emilia and Vincent

Jane and Ian

Diana and Paul

Karen and Bruce

Kiley and David

Chloe and Matt

Karen and Uri

Don and Lesley

Anna and Josh

Yamini and Sanjiv

Amanda and Brenton

Aneesha and Stewart

Rachel and Nick

Kate and Julie

Mandy and Michael

Hamish

Michelle and Adam

Rachel and Patrick

Meagan and Jeremy

Tae and Mark

Alexandra and Lee

Melanie and Mathew

Robyn and Malcolm

Sharyn

Helene and Andrew

Corinna and Bob

Amy and Charlie

Lulu

Barbara and Justin

Alice and Mark

Susanne and Ash

Julie and Stijn

Eileen

Antonia

Michelle and Eric

Mira and Andrew

Barbara and Josh

Mandy and Michael

Karen and Michael

Meagan and Jeremy

Marie and Scott

Jeny and Craig

 

 

MUCH OF OUR WORK IS FROM AND FOR THE MEDICAL PROFESSION

WE APPRECIATE THAT

REAL PICTURES FROM JAMES BUY SELL SPONSORED SURGERIES

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Child Surgeries SINCE 2015

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Sponsored Child Surgeries to Nov 2021

A child has a fixable disability. A child is sick. A child has broken her leg. 

 

Low cost, high impact, safe, local, life-changing surgeries, when no other satisfactory option.

 

We (pay our own way) have visited the places we support in Africa 5 times since 2015. 

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SPONSORED each month

We send with thanks to referrers and clients

Surgeries each month

Local hospitals/NGOs (Selian+Zilper) send

34229-SepNajma ramadhani bakari6 yrsF
cerebral palsy with shortened achilles tendon
    
34129-SepDorcas Emanuel lema3yrsFgenu varus    
34030-SepAbedinego Qurus Silvin5yrsM
Chronic osteomyelitis
    
33927-OctBaraka Mashaka Haruni4 yrsM
unilateral genu valgus
    
3386-OctFurahisha Mashaka Haruni4 yrsMgenu valgus    
3376-OctJoniour Samwel Laizer11 yrsMchronic tonsilitis    
3365-OctVivian Johnson Philipo3 YrsFgenu varus    
33512-OctElizabeth Lengai Lukumay4 YrsFgenu valgus    
33412-OctJaneth Jackson4 yrsF
post k wire fixation sec supracondylar fracture of humerus
    
33321-OctJohnson Stephen Matika5 YrsM
adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
33221-OctTarki Mlemwa4 yrsM
adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
33121-OctJaphet Emanuel sivichan6 YRSM
adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
33020-OctHollin Dismus Ngoja7 yrsF
adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
32925-OctMargaritta Ezekiel Kimario10 YrsFumbilical hernia    
32825-OctHellen Jeirose Mhavile3 YRSF
adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
32725-OctAmedeus Anastahili Kweka4 yrsM
adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
32626-OctIsmail Hussein Juma1.3 yrsF
adenotonsillar and turbinate hypertophy
    
32526-OctOmary Bakari Kili13 yrsM
turbinate hypertrophy
    
32429-AugEZRA A MAN1 yrsM
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
32329-AugMORGAN STEPHANO MATIKA3 yrsM
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
32211-SepMIKIDADI SHABAN AMINI7 yrsM
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
32116-SepADONAI NOEL GERALD3 YrsM
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
32016-SepASIA JUMA MSENGI4 YrsF
unilateral left genu valgus
    
31918-SepSAMWELI GOLOPTA MARMO15 YrsM
chronic osteomyelitis
    
31821-SepAMAN LUKA CHISALUNI3 YrsM
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
31722-SepNAJA RAMADHAN JOHN9 YRSF
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
31623-SepLIDYA SILAS SAMWEL2 yrsF
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
3153-Aug-21MIRIAM DAMSON DAUDI9 YRSF
recurrent tonsilitis and adenoid hypertrophy
    
3143-Aug-21IBRAHIM LOMUNYAK WILSON10 MONTHSM
adenotonsilllar hypertrophy
    
31312-AugFAHAD ALHAJI OMARY6 YRSF
post k wire fixation
    
31212-AugPRAISE ROBERT JOHN5YRSF
adenotonsilllar hypertrophy
    
31118-AugPRAYGORD PETER ALEX1.5 YRSM
adenotonsilllar hypertrophy
    
31018-AugELISHA ELIAMANI EMANUEL2.4 YrsM
adenotonsilllar hypertrophy
    
30922-AugFAITH PAULO MATHIAS5 YRSF
adenoid hypertrophy
    
30822-AugKERANI TUMAIN NYITI17 YrsM
closed fracture of left femur
    
30726-AugSINALVIA LOTHA JACOB17 YrsFnasal poly    
30626-Augabubakari swalehe9 yrsM
closed fracture fracture of the left distal humerus
    
30515-AugOLARIP LENGANYITI LAIZER9 yrsM
Closed fracture of the mid shaft ulnar radius(malunion)
    
3049-Aug-21SIMION LOISHOOK4 YrsM
Closed fracture of the left distal humerus(supracondylar)
    
3037-Jul-21SILVESTER JUSTINE LAIZER13 YRSM
CHRONIC OSTEOMYELITIS
    
3027-JulIDRIS HAMRAT YUSUPH12 YRSM
CEREBRAL PALSY WITH SHORTENED ACHILLES TENDON
    
3017-JulALJARAH HAMRANA YUSUPH10YRSM
CEREBRAL PALSY WITH SHORTENED ACHILLES TENDON
    
30022-JulMESHACK E KIMARIO7 YRSM
umbulical hernia,adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
2998-JulGIFT JOSEPH4 yrsM
VISCERAL PERFORATION (JEJUNUM) SEC TO BLUNT ABDOMINAL INJURY
    
2982-JulAngel Elisha Laigwashi6 YRSF
close fracture of left supracondylar of humerus
    
2972-JulGodson Ezekiel Bayo7 YRSM
post k wire fixation sec to supracondylar fracture of humerus
    
2962-JulRamadhan Heri Juma4 yrsM
bilateral congenital genu varus
    
29515-JulJames Sanare Palateti4 yrsM
bilateral congenital genu valgus
    
29415-JulJovin Mapambano Kishasi4 yrsM
bilateral congenital genu varus
    
29315-JulJoel Fredy Maliaki3 YRSM
tonsillar hypertrophy
    
29223-JulJoshua Fredy Maliaki7 YRSM
adenotonsillar hypertrophy and turbinate hypertrophy
    
29122-JulElibarik Laizer4 yrsM
adenotonsillar hypertrophy and turbinate hypertrophy
    
29012-JulJoshua zakaria4 yrs 7 monthM
adenotonsillar hypertrophy and turbinate hypertrophy
    
28917-Jun-21DAINES EZEKIEL MERIN4 YrsF
LEFT SUPRACONDYLAR CLOSED FRACTURE
    
28810-Jun-21Nadri Ramadhan Amran5YrsM
RIGHT INGUINAL HERNIA
    
28710-Jun-21EZEKIEL MAIKO JOHN8YRSM
ANKYLOGLOSIA,ADENOTONSILLAR HYPERTROPHY
    
2861-Jun-21JOSAM MUSSA MARIASA9 YRSM
OPEN LEFT SUPRACONDYLAR FRACTURE OF THE HUMERUS
    
28522-Jun-21LOMNYAKI KERISHO NGARABALI15 YRSM
CHRONIC OSTEOMYELITIS
    
28422-Jun-21LEVIS LEONARD MSUTA3YRSM
UNILATERAL GENU VALGUS
    
2833-JunHALIMA HERI JUMA15 yrsF
ADENOID HYPERTROPHY AND TURBINATE HYPERTROPHY
    
2823-JunRAMADHAN HERI JUMA4 yrsM
RIGHT MID SHAFT FRACTURE OF RIGHT FEMUR
    
28110-JunANGELA ELISHA LAIGWANANI6yrsF
LEFT SUPRACONDRLAR FRACTURE OF THE HUMERUS
    
28021-JunGodson Ezekiel Bayo8yrsM
LEFT SUPRACONDRLAR FRACTURE OF THE HUMERUS
    
27911-JunNOELA DEODAT MICHAEL6 YRSF
PALATE TONSILS HYPERTROPHY
    
2783-JunSaimon Mathayo Melau4 YRSM
CEREBRAL PASLY WITH SHORT ACHILLES TENDON
    
27712-JunNengilanget Nangalai1.2 YRSF
CEREBRAL PASLY WITH SHORT ACHILLES TENDON
    
2767-JunRAHIM ALHAJI OMARY2 YRSM
BILATERAL GENU VARUS
    
2757-JunRAHMA ALHAJI OMARY2 YRSF
BILATERAL GENU VARUS
    
2745-MayMOSSES NGENYIKI MOLLEL21 yrsMgenu varus    
27313-MayMICHAEL MATHAYO LOOTA1 yrsM
INTESUSCEPTION
    
2725-MayMOSSES SEURI MOLLEL6 yrsM
closed fracture of proximal femur
    
27111-MayNEEMA GERALD MOLLEL5MonthsF
INTESUSCEPTION
    
2706-MayMAGDALENA ELISHA MEISHILIEK7 yrsF
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
26910-MayTRESURES HILLARY MVUNGI3yrs 6mothsM
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
26810-MayHENRY KELVIN LEONARD5 yrsM
cerebral palsy with shortened achilles tendon
    
26713-MaySHUKURU MAINE SANDEU18 yrsMparotid tumor    
26613-MayLAZARO MBAUDA15 YRSMgenu valgus    
26512-Apr-21Najim Shagi Mavere6YRSM
knee contusion
    
26412-Apr-21Shakila Musa10YRSF
adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
26316-Apr-21ASHA ALAIS NAIROWA2 yrsF
adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
2628-Apr-21FAISAL SIRAJI2yrsM
adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
26112-Apr-21Melau Mbauda7 yrsM
chronic osteomylitis
    
26012-Apr-21LALASHE SAIGURAN9 yrsM
closed fracture of distal ulnar and radius
    
25919-Apr-21Joshua Lomnyak2yrsM
right side ingunal hernia
    
25822-Apr-21Sinyati Laanyun8 yrsF
intestinal obstuction
    
25724-Apr-21Sinyati Lotoishe Lengalasi8 yrsF
fracture of midshaft tibia and fibular
    
2563-MarIBRAHIM LOWASSA KIVUYO3 yrsM
right inguinal hernia
    
2553-MarLALASHE SAIGURAN11 yrsM
Let supracondylar fracture
    
25424-MarELIAS SIYANGOI KURSAS9 yrsM
right inguinal hernia
    
25310-MarMENEJA LOMAYANI MEIPONYI17 yrsM
left prox.humerus #,Left tibia and fibular#
    
25227-MarLAIZER LOMUNYAK LOLEPO3 yrsM
Rt supracondylar#
    
25118-MarMELADI NOELY SIYANGOI3monthM
Adenotonsillar enlargement
    
25015-MarMOSSES NGENYIKI MOLLEL21 yrsM
Left leg genuvarus
    
24924-MarBARIKI MOSSES MEISEYIKI9yrsMneck mass    
24815-MarLucas Njoolay mollel4 yrsM
Let supracondylar fracture
    
24722-Feb-21Salome Pinieli Lucumay11YrsF
umbilical hernia
    
24614-FebLazaro Mbauda Masumbura15 YRSM
bilateral genuvalgus
    
24514-FebLENGAI NGAIYO NEAPA2 YrsM
nilateral genuvalgus and manultrition
    
2448-FebIKRAM ZUBERI MDOE1 Yr(s) 10 Month(s)M
adenoids hypetrophy
    
2438-Feb-21BRILIANCE AMANI KULEI3 YRSM
adenotonsillar enlargement
    
2422-FebNOREEN GILBERTH MINJA1 YRSF
adenotonsillar enlargement
    
2412-FebBLESS YONA LIHI2 yrsF
acute osteomyelitis
    
24021-FebDANIEL JOSEPH LAIZER7yrsM
supracondylar fracture
    
2393-Dec-20SEBASTIAN E MOLLEL1.8 yrsM
Fructure sapracondislar
    
2383-Dec-20Mejooli Lebahati mollel7yrsF
Fructure On Femur
    
23711-Dec-20Magdalena Benard korgodi6yrs 9 monthFgenu valgus    
23617-Dec-20Fidelis Sadala9yrsM
malunion of the right femur
    
23521-Dec-20Jefason Emanuel1 yrsM
tonsills hypertrophy
    
23426-Dec-20Meshack Maiko Samwel3 yrsM
chronic tonsillitis
    
2339-Nov-20PATRICK KASTO4yrsM
chronic tonsillitis
    
2329-Nov-20Happyson Venance F
Hypertrophy of adenoids
    
2319-Nov-20Monica Peter6yrsF
Hypertrophy of adenoids
    
23016-Nov-20JOSHUA EMANUEL3yrsM
Hypertrophy of Tonsils with hypertrophy of Adenoids
    
22916-Nov-20Simon Julius1 yrsM
Unilateral Inguinal hernia
    
22816-Nov-20Glory Stephano13 yrsF
unilateral valgus(let
    
22716-Nov-20Elisante Emmanuel13 yrsM
Injury of Achiles tendon
    
22618-Nov-20Christian Charles3yrsM
chronic tonsillitis
    
22510/7/20SESILIA GRAYGODY RICHARD9 YrsF
Chronic Tonsillitis
    
22410/11/20JOSHUA MARTIN DANIEL2 yrsM
Hypertrophy of Tonsils with hypertrophy of Adernoids
    
2237-OctIRENE LABAN DANIEL6 yrsF
Hypertrophy of Tonsils with hypertrophy of Adernoids
    
2227-OctJOARI ABDUL HAMMISSI10 yrsF
Hypertrophy of Tonsils with hypertrophy of Adernoids
    
22111-OctCAREEN GODSON NAIMAN F
Hypertrophy of Tonsils with hypertrophy of Adernoids
    
22010/11/20JULIANA MATHAYO JACOB3yrsF
Hypertrophy of Tonsils with hypertrophy of Adenoids
    
21924-OctLIDYA AUGUSTINO CHISALUNI3 monthsF
Bladder Extrophy
    
21810/11/20SAMWEL SAMBETA BILAUTI3 yrsMGenu Valgus    
21710-OctNAIS PETER MESHILU F
Hypertrophy of adenoids
    
21628-JanBARAKA OMARY ISSA17YRSMHYPOSPADIUS    
21512-JanGabriel Godlisten Rick3YRSMGENU VALGUS    
21412-JanWilson Allex Mashaka16yrsM
chronic tonsillitis
    
21312-JanJACKLINE RAYMOND SAMBO16 YRSF
chronic tonsillitis
    
21212-JanPRINCE ELIAS JAMES7 MONTHSF
Tonsillectomy - Head & Neck
    
21114-JanJOVIN MAPAMBANO KISHAI4YRSMGENU VALGUS    
21018-JanVENERANDA MISS QUANG6YRSF
Proximal Femoral deficiency
    
20917-JanJUNIOR JOVENALLY MINJA1 YRSM
Hypertrophy of adenoids
    
20819-JanCHRISTIAN EMMANUEL2YRSM
adenotonsils hypertrophy
    
2075-DecHamis Azizi6YRSM
Post-Turbinate cauterization
    
20612-DecNason Wilson6M
Post-adenotonsillectomy
    
2052-DecMosses Nganyiko20M
Unilateral genus varus
    
2042-DecSinorita stephano18yrsfePost-Osteotomy    
2034-DecBryson Vumilia9yrMUmbilical hernia    
2024-DecRebeka Hawaki18FOral cavity mass    
2015-DecMichael vitalis17M
Chronic tonsillitis
    
20012-DecBrenda James13FPolydactly    
19916-DecEvance Augustino1yrM
Adenoid hypertrophy
    
19813-DecJuliana Leonce3YRSF
Bilateral genus varus
    
19712-DecJoseph Abraham12M
Chronic osteomyelitis, treated previous early this year
    
19613-DecLoleku Lakarai13YRSM
Unilateral genus varus
    
19516-DecRajab Hassan5yrsMPost-Osteotomy    
19430-DecWinner Agustina14FPost-DFO    
19314-DecLazaro Elisha19YRSm
Unilateral genus varus
    
19212-DecAdonikam geofrey13YRSM
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
19116-DecPrince Hassan4YRSF
Chronic tonsillitis
    
19019-DecCauthary seleman9YRSF
Turbinate hypertrophy
    
18919-DecBaraka Laizer10yrsm
Chronic tonsillitis
    
18826-DecSamweli michael MVaricocele    
18721-10-019Dino Almasi4yrsM
Post mass excision
    
18617-10-019David Sakayo1yrsMPost Z-Plasty    
18501-10-2019Simon Mamasita3yrsM
Bilateral genus valgus
    
1845-Oct-19Izack Juma1yrM
Closed fracture of femur
    
18307-10-2019Calvin Msede19yrsMPost-ORIF    
18207-10-2019Omary bakari5yrsMGenus Varus    
18117-10-019Abobakar Rajab5yrsM
Post adenoidectomy
    
18007-10-2019Beckhom William15-May-13M
Post osteotomy
    
17917-10-019steven mukigala1-Jul-05M
Post-Achilles tendon release
    
17817-10-019Munila Amri2yrsM
Post -BSC Release
    
17717-10-019zaynab senzige6yrF
Post-adenotonsillectomy
    
17617-10-019Ester anderson4YRSF
Post-adenotonsillectomy
    
17517-10-019Regina lengas17yrsF
Old elbow dislocation
    
17407-10-2019Mathayo mollel16yrsM
Post osteotomy
    
17303-10-2019loveness sube15yrsF
Turbinate hyertrophy
    
17210-10-2019Paulina kima8YRSF
Post implant removal
    
17128-10-019veronica richard10yrsF
Post laparatomy
    
17030-09-019Advan Rashid2yrsM
Adenotonsillar hyertrophy
    
16924-10-019isaya musila1yrMPost Hip spica    
16807-10-2019ally omary2yrsMPost-PTO    
16707-10-2019Elizabeth elias16yrsM
Bilateral genus valgus
    
16616-Octnajma mdoi3yrsF
Extensive burn wound
    
16511-11-2019daniel loramatu17YRSMSPONDYLOSIS    
16417-10-019christina john13yrsF
Post adenoidectomy
    
16317-10-019mosses ngenyiki19yrsMPost plating    
16217-10-019happyness christopher4YRSF
POST -ADENOTONSILLECTOMY
    
16117-10-019Nosim Nyaru3yrsFGenus Varus    
16031-10-019mwanaisha hussein10F
Extensive burn wound
    
15922-Octemanuel adrea9MPost Z-Plasty    
15821-10-019pendael daudi13yrsM
Chronic tonsillitis
    
15718-11-019musa brown7moMPost Hip spica    
15621-10-019lucy daniel8yrsF
Post K-wire insertion
    
15517-10-019mohamed issa4YRSM
Adenotonsillar hyertrophy
    
15417-10-019steven silvester10yrsM
Achilles tendon shortening
    
15317-10-019shimba mabutu3yrsM
Bilateral genus valgus
    
15221-10-019emanuel daudi2YRSM
Adenotonsillar hyertrophy
    
15124-Octhappyness christopher4yrsF
Adenotonsillar hyertrophy
    
15021-0ctasha zuberi5yrsF
Adenotonsillar hyertrophy
    
14928-Octmichael meshack14yrsM
Closed fracture of tibia/fibula
    
14821-10-019baraka aminiel4YRSMAuricular mass    
14709-10-1991Israel Melita14yrsMPeritonitis    
1462-NovHassan Mkamba1M
Bilateral genus valgus
    
14511 Nov 2019WINNER A.LUKUMAY13F
Bilateral genus valgus
    
1445 Nov 2019Rajab H. Msuya4yrsM
Bilateral genus valgus
    
14328-Oct-2019Emanuel Ngomou4yrsM
Chronic tonsillitis
    
14202-Sep-01Fauzia rajab FRicket    
14104-Sep-01Carick kirita MPost-herniotomy    
14005-Sep-01Isaya mollel M
Post adenoidectomy
    
13911-Sep-01patrick samweli M
Post adenoidectomy
    
13816-Sep-01misheli sailepu  
Chronic tonsillitis
    
13719-Sep-01amani julius MPost ORIF    
13619-Sep-19Fahadi alhaji M
Osteogenesis imperfecta
    
13519-Sep-19Samweli Alex3yrsM
Valgus deformity
    
13419-Sep-19Isaya Musila1yrsMPost Hip spica    
13321-Sep-01simon mamasita3yrsM
Bilateral Genu Valgus
    
13215-09-019Musa kiraruji5monthsMFemur fracture    
13125-Sep-01Gadi mkaza1yrMUrethral fistula    
13023-Sep-19Munila riziwan2 yrsFKeloid    
12923-Sep-19Emanueli Andrea9 yrsMBSC Lf axilla    
12823-Sep-19Dino ndugai4 yrsMBSC    
12723-Sep-01Tekno halanga16 yrsFBSC    
12623-Sep-19Daniel Loveness6 yrsMBSC Lf Hand    
12523-Sep-19David patrice1 yrsMClub foot    
12423-Sep-19Paskali pius M
Lower limbs deformity
    
12323-Sep-19Queen jeremia F
Post ankle fracture
    
12223-Sep-19Claver innocent M
Post tendon release
    
12123-Sep-19Daniel lamaratu MSpondylosis    
12019-Sep-19Sarah simon6yrsF
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
11924-Sep-01sinorita stephano M
Bilateral Genu Valgus
    
11824-09-019Loleku shikok12YRSMPOST DFO    
11724-09-019Paulina laizer7YRSFPost-ORIF    
11624-09-019lighness liliko10YRSF
Achilles tendon shortening
    
11526-09-019Veronica Laizer10yrsF
Acute abdomen
    
11426-09-019Abubakar Ramadhan5yrsM
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
11326-53-29Ester Anderson3yrsF
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
11230-09-019Advan Rashid2yrsM
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
11130-09-019Catherine Mchomvu5yrsF
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
11026-09-019Zainabu Hemedy6yrsF
Adenotonsillar hypertrophy
    
10902-10-2019Izack Juma7moMClosed # femur    
10803-10-2019Loveness Antony16yrsF
Turbinate hypertrophy
    
10703-10-2019sarah elibariki6yrsF
Post-tonsillectomy
    
10603-10-2019Gadi Amani1yrsF
Post-fistula repair
    
10503-10-2019Amani Julius10yrsMPost-ORIF    
10430-09-019Catherine mchomvu14yrsF
Adenotonsillar hyertrophy
    
10306-Mar-19Yohana Nathan Thomas6monthsM
Bilateral cleft lip
    
10213-Mar-19Zacharia Ndosikoi3yrsM
Congenital varus deformity
    
10113-Mar-19Raphael Tubulu7yrsM
Bilateral inguinal hernia
    
10013-Mar-19Lobikieki sabaya M
RT.LEG TUMOUR AND UMBILICAL HERNIA
    
9919-Mar-19Queen S. Laiser1YrsF
Symptomatic Umblical Hernia
    
9813-Mar-19Grace Elisha7yrsF
chronic osteomyelitis of left limb
    
9713-Mar-19Haruni Israel10yrsM
Patella dislocation
    
9621-Mar-19Angela Hamedus John3yrsF
Chronic tonsillitis and Adenoid hypertrophy
    
9519-Mar-19Akuila Daniel Lalaji**1monthFSpinal bifida    
9421-Mar-19Ismail Ismail6yrsMHydrocelle    
9313-Mar-19Helena Tumain6yrsF
Bone cyst on proximal tibial
    
9229-Mar-19Nancy Mollel5yrsF
Chronic tonsillitis and Adenoid hypertrophy
    
9114-Apr-19Zipora stephano4 YRSFBone mass    
9019-April-2019remember simon3 YRSm
Congenital varus deformity
    
8910-Apr-19ngayai parmero2 YRSF
Down syndrome
    
8825-May-19johson raphael M
Chronic tonsilitis and adenoid hypertrophy
    
8702/May/2019Neema Thomas2 yrsF
Adenoid hypertrophy
    
8602/May/2019Blessing Raymond1 yrsM
Adenoid hypertrophy
    
8502/May/2019Salimon Boniphas5 yrsM
Congenital varus deformity
    
8413-May-19Elizabeth Lameck4 yrsF
Chronic tonsilitis and adenoid hypertrophy
    
8313-May-2019Elizabeth Richard11 yrs - seems wrong ageFNasal Polyps    
8213/May/2019Ivan Richard6 yrsM
Nasal turbinate and adenoid hypertrophy
    
8102/May/2019Natacia Lazaro3 YRSF
Septic burn wound
    
8013-May-2019Wilfred W.Mollel11me
Adenoid hypertrophy and nasal turbinate
    
7915-May-19Moris Paulo Esau1 YRSM
Hydrocephalus,Congenital heart disease
    
7815-May-19raphael lelya7 yrsM
post henioraphy.
    
7715-May-19Lobikiek sabaya12 yrsM
Post-BKA due to neuroma
    
7615-May-19Haruni israeli10 yrsM
Post patella repair
    
7515-May-19Grace elisha7 yrsF
post sequestrectomy
    
7415-May-19elizabeth richard20 yrsF
post polypectomy
    
7326-05-19Ivan peter6 yrsM
tonsils hypertrophy
    
72 Elizabeth lameck4 yrsF
post tonsilectomy
    
71 Wilifred willium11 yrsM
post adenotonsilectomy
    
70 Remember simon3 yrsMpost PTO    
69 Magdalena marco1 yrsM
osteogenic imperfector
    
68 Shine aron3 yrsFrectal prolapse    
6706-Mar-19neema thomas2 yrsF
Adenoidhypertrophy
    
66 bless raymond1 yrsM
Adenoidhypertrophy
    
6513/06/16Hellen tumain6yrsF
Post bone cyst curretage
    
64 Zacharia ndalaskoi3 yrsMpost PTO    
63 Haruni israeli10 yrsM
Post patella repair
    
62 Magdalena marco1 yrsF
ostegenic imperfector
    
61 Loliku lakarai12 yrsM
congenital deformity of femur
    
60 Remember simon3 yrsM
post corrective osteotomy
    
59 Meshack omari1 yrsM
hypertrophy tonsils
    
58 sosteness kavishe6 yrsMHydrocele    
57 Najma ijumaa4MONTHF
Cleft palete and lip
    
56 joseph abraham11 yrsMOsteomyelitis    
55 Mosses N. Mollel18 yrsM
Closed fracture of femur
    
54 Lokeku Lakarai12 yrsM
Varus deformity
    
5320/06/19Ethan Alex1 yrsM
ADENOID HYPERTROPHY
    
52 meckline robert7 yrsF
hypertrophy tonsils
    
51 Ivan Godson5 yrsM
adenoid and tonsils hypertrophy
    
50 jeni saimon5 yrsF
adenoid hypertrophy
    
49 joseph swai13yrsM
adenoid hypertrophy
    
4820/06/19salimon kisai2 yrsMPost PTO    
4724-06-19jeni aruni5yrsF
ADENOID HYPERTROPHY
    
46 meckline robert7yrsF
hypertrophy tonsils and adenoid
    
4524-06-19Angel mollel18 yrsF
shorteningof the achilles tendon
    
4424-06-19Abedinego kavishe3 yrsM
Varus deformity
    
4301-Jul-19meshack omary M
post tonsillectomy
    
4202-Jul-19Jane samson F
post adenotonsillectomy
    
4103-Jul-19Ivan Godson M
Pos-tadenoid hypertrophy
    
4001-07-2019Emiliana joseph4yrsF
Hypertrophied tonsils and adenoid
    
3901-07-2019Nufaysia ramadhani14yrsF
Chronic tonsillitis
    
3801-07-2019Arafu msafir10yrsM
Hypertrophied tonsils and adenoid
    
3701-07-2019Ethan Alex1yrM
post adenotonsillectomy
    
3601-07-2019Faudhia rajab1YRSFRickets    
3517-07-019Namja salim6monthsFMalnutrition    
3404-Jul-19abdul sambwena18yrsM
Intestinal obstruction secondary to adhesion
    
3308-Jul-19Christina john6yrsF
Nasal turbinates
    
3211-07-2019mariam akubo5YRSF
Nasal turbinates
    
3108-07-2019Joseph Swai13M
post adenotonsillectomy
    
3001-06-2019Shedrack Mamasita4yrsM
Extensive burn wound
    
297/15/2019Joseph abraham11yrsM
Surgical site infection
    
2815-07-019Sosteness thadui6yrsM
Post hydrocelectomy
    
2715-07-019musa laanyuni4yrsMInguinal hernia    
2618-07-019fahadi alhaji4yrsM
Osteogenic imerfecta
    
2525-Jul-01zakayo lemali2yrsM
adenoid hypertrophy
    
2408-Feb-19Claver John7YRSMSpastic diplegia    
2325/07/019Zakayo lemalali2yrsM
Tonsils hypertrophy
    
2215/08/019Calvin Msende19yrsM
Rt.femur fracture
    
2118/07/2019Musa laanyuni4yrsMInguinal hernia    
2023/7/2019Lucy Daniel8yrsF
Supracondylar fracture
    
1925 /07/2019Adrian daniel3yrsM
Chronic tonsillis
    
1805-08-2019Pitson Godfrey19YRSMHydrocele    
1725 /07/2019Abigael Daudi2yrsF
Thyroglossal duct cyst
    
1605/08/2019Godlisten Loishiye3monthsM
Bilateral inguinal hernia
    
1505-Aug-01Mogan Emmanuel1yrsM
Chronic tonsillis
    
1405-Aug-01Anjela Metawasi18yrsFFused tendon    
1306-Aug-01Felex Ndakidem18YRSM
Rt.femur fracture
    
1212-Aug-01Aberinego Melkiory3yrsM
Valgus deformity
    
1115-08-019Jesca Joel1yrsF
Chronic tonsillis
    
1016/08/019Joshua James1monthM
Bilateral hydrocele
    
916/08/020Beckam Willium7yrsM
Valgus deformity
    
816/08/021Aman Mollel10 yrsM
Malunion radial/ulnar right
    
719/08/2019Fahadi Alhaji4yrsM
Osteogenesis imperfecta
    
612-08-2019Adonai Frank1 yrM
Adenoid hypertrophy
    
522-08-019Mosses Mollel19YRSMPost -ORIF    
422-08-019Loleku Shukok12 yrsMpost DFO    
322-08-019Queen Jeremia10YRSFArthritis    
222-08-019Nosim Nyaru3YRSF
Congenital valgus deformity
    
126/08/2019Patrick Samwel3monthM
Adenoid hypertrophy
    

 

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Selian              
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W.H.O Allocations 1104
Comment less 2 poor work
 612324168       
SurgeonsDr Elibariki1240    19015015060140250150150
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Art Sport Music 0            
 Paul + Phone112  112         
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Amon, Light, Roberts, Rodgers, Eli
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Awards 416
Glory, Loning'o, Masefu, Albert, Mary
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 Allen500    50505050505050150
 Fransiska500  50505050505050505050
 Florah200  50505050      
FoodStaff Meals6725  599564594917739991585714544478
 Children Meals3734  475486258309748498253199262246
 CTC Meals429  711002388147     
 Balancing Item325    325       
 Paul   50         
Vegetable GardenLoning'o150  505050       
 Initial Grant400    400       
 Helpers 50 + 50 100         
 Pump100Amon Quote 260         
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
Total 78398001356972606348705510477130106541527436465528
Number of Child Surgeries
 106  1891214999989
Selian charge per surgery 223  196199200270441258174194166130
Total cost per surgery 740  75480752950411641446727586456614

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BABY PLEASE DON'T GO

62 years ago I was born in Sydney. I stayed a week. I’m a Melburnian!!

 

Being on the spectrum I am hard wired positive, sometimes intimidatingly so and until recently, always looking forward to what’s next.

 

Right now, this is the lowest I’ve ever felt; not that the world will end soon low; just a long flat dull thud kind of low. For me joy is harder to find than it has ever been.

 

And I can feel many of you are the same way. Not a week goes by without an increasing number of you making some form of contact to talk about the possibility of selling up and moving on.

 

In many ways who can blame you – we have gone in our own minds, from the best city to damn near the worst. We are the laughingstock of Aus, despised by the Europeans and seen as laggards by the rest of the world in saving our planet. In our own minds. And all this whilst we are locked up, starved of friendships and worried about our futures. This is seemingly our lot as Melburnians.

 

Many think that at month’s end there will be some honeymoon champagne drinking for the more fortunate ones, but no earth-shattering, switch-flicking from all is wrong to all is right.

 

We have been relatively ravaged as Beirut has been, as Razzaq has been, as New York was 20 years ago. We are involved in collective trauma, the likes many of us have never experienced before.  So why would you not want to leave – to run – to look for life that is greener, sunnier, more vibrant on the other side of the hill.

 

Please, I am not about to suggest some jingoistic C’mon Melbourne campaign, although it wouldn’t hurt. In fact, I am not going to suggest or tell anybody how to deal with anything or how you should feel. It may seem unacceptable to many but I am even starting to feel a softer spot for the protesters, the anti vaxers, as I do for the medical teams and police. Things are less black and white for me in the 2000-2019 world’s most livable city than they were even a few months ago.

 

I have lost clear sense of my identity, of my community’s identity, of my beloved Melbourne’s identity. I am not as clear on who a Melburnian is. I want to get that back.

 

Yeah, I know chin up and soldier on and I will; but right now, it just doesn’t cut the mustard the same way it once did.

 

PTSD has become an acronym that we not only get conceptually, but we are now getting a version of by living in Melbourne.

 

I am not sure if any of the above helps you or me but I think acceptance is one of those stages of loss, as is anger. I am more regularly finding I have to ask – did you really just say that Mal? Is that how you really feel? Or was that a visceral reaction to your current circumstances – away from that specific interaction that you just seemingly lost your marbles in?

 

I have an underlying feeling of disturbance, an increasing sense of loss, and that back of mind experience of blunt force trauma. And like you, I am some way from fully getting over things, despite my channelling otherwise. AND I have less reason logically to feel that my difficulties are comparable to yours. I am extremely lucky by any standard, extremely well off by any measurement and yet I still feel a little lost.

Despite my insecurities, I hope I have the right to say: Baby please don’t go.

 

I really don’t want to miss you. I want to see you and have a joke or an argument with you. And not over that bloody zoom, over a real coffee or beer or even a vegan smoothie.

 

I can’t promise you things will get better in a hurry, for some they will, but for many the events in Melbourne in the last 18 months will leave scars, big scars, traumatic scars.

 

And we can place blame and we can act in a manner that in past times we wouldn’t have thought we would – but I am not sure that will help you or me or Melbourne.

 

We can start to heal by mass pills, mass therapy, mass escape to the country – but will that be right for you or me or Melbourne? I don’t really know.

 

But you are needed. Really needed now.

 

Can we ask you not to go, can we ask you to think how you can rebuild our great community, our great city – one brick, one coffee, one cry at a time?

 

Baby please don’t go. Please be a Melbourne hero and stay and help.

 

Especially if you have money and resources, please stay and help us rebuild our city, our true identity, ourselves. Please don’t abandon Melbourne physically whilst you are recovering emotionally. You are traumatized, just like we all are in some way. Is this the right time to move – why not give Melbourne one more chance?

 

Melburnians are going to need you to walk in the hills again and feel special, they will need you to go to dinner and be loving, they want you to come to a show and laugh, a game and boo, a beach and swim.

 

Melburnians, many of whom have lost so much, need you to do a Kylie and come back or stay and help us all get back on our feet. You know Melbourne was great, the people are great and whoops I almost said it, let’s make Melbourne great again.

 

Whether you are a Catholic, a Collingwood supporter or a Comanchero we need you to stay.

 

If you’re an antivaxxer, anti Vic or just an anti. You’re not really an anti – you’re a Melburnian with an opinion and we need you. And we need you to not only hang in there, when you are ready, we need you to push through, to love again, the little things, the big things, to love Melbourne.

 

If you are a Melburnian and non-violent, you are wanted. Really wanted. We need you.

 

And we need you to give Melbourne a big hug and we need you to stay, please – just give it another twelve months before you make any life-changing decision. Melbourne is worth it, Melburnians are worth it, and you are worth it. Surely we have some credits for all those great years together!

 

Baby, please don’t go.