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27 March 2016


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Thank you Evelyn.

Inspirational! Your passion for helping others will take you to the highest places! God bless.

Great to have a positive story, thanks John for sharing with us. I just want to comment on that injection.

About 2 cms into the meat of my left and right buttocks are small lumps; perhaps a little less than the size of an average marble. They are my 'wounds' from my thirty years of PNG rural health problems.

The right one is a memorial to a nameless Lavongai nurse whose very appearance in the clinic doorway would start babies and young children crying. They had experienced her dart throwing skills into their emaciated buttocks already.

She was the worst of many who have injected my white ends over the years and sadly the years never made her more skilful in 'givim sut'.

The best was the now sadly long gone rough and very humorous Darius. You hardly knew he had jabbed you. Despite his name Masta Bia too was very good with the needle.

Thank you Michael, Daniel and Joe for injecting the confidence to continue on this journey.

And thank you Keith and Phil for recognizing my dream to journey in reading and writing. If I can get more young people in this country to follow their own journeys, it will be worth the life I have been given!

Very inspirational story, John. A while back, I came across a young boy from Simbu who was paralyzed from his waist down which was caused by a syringe injection that went terribly wrong. Like you, he was pushed around in a wheelbarrow. I helped him to buy a wheel chair and gave him a tiny bit of his personal freedom. I lost touch with him and his family but hope that he is living a productive life today. Thank you for sharing your story. Keep on writing.

I thank Keith and Phil for providing us with the avenue to tell our stories. Your enduring tale will be read by generations to come.

Thank you.

John - you're story is neither glamorous nor significant.

It's bloody amazing!

From likely death by lethal injection at birth and disadvantaged village kid pushed around in a wheel barrow, to global traveler lecturer and mentor to students at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Well done doesn't quite capture the achievement.

Keep doing what you're doing - coz it's working like magic!

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