Ms Donna Duggan travelled to Africa in 1995, where her experiences of conditions for the people of Tanzania inspired her to undertake projects to raise funds for health education programmes, immunisation clinics and other social and medical programmes in that country.
She has used her nursing training and medical knowledge to assist the Tanzanians in the following ways.
- Establishment of clinics to educate the local people about HIV/AIDS, which is one of the most serious problems facing the nations in Africa
- Working in orphanages to conduct vital immunisation programmes against childhood diseases
- Running antenatal clinics
- Developing a women's health education programme conducted via local schools
In 2004, Donna established an eco-safari company, Maasai Wanderings. In addition to providing employment for local Tanzanians, this will generate funds that can be used to set up and maintain educational and other programmes for children. In 2013 there are four schools receiving support; Ilkurot Nursery and Primary School, Ol Tukai Primary School, Esilalei Nursery School and Matimu Nursery and Primary School.
Donna has used initiative in identifying needs and problems and has taken direct and personal steps to find solutions and put these into effect. She demonstrates courage, practices good citizenship and typifies the desired attributes of MBC graduates. She is making a very significant difference in the lives of others.
Donna was awarded the Moreton Bay College Medal in 2006.
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