On the 10th of May we fitted hands to a six year old & a 66 year old & many other ages in between. Sadly I don’t think I have a photo of Lesley Mitchell today. She was taking the photos that we send back to the people who assemble the hands that we then give to the recipients. She said “ I just wish the people who made all the Hands could open their windows & look into this room & see the look on the faces of the recipients & their family members as the hands are fitted.”
I was sitting at Corey Simon’s fitting table as he trained each recipient with the valued assistance of the interpreter. He had shown one chap how to hold a pen & the recipient started writing with his new prosthetic hand. His naturally dominate hand was his left but he had learnt to write with his right after his accident. He was so happy to switch back & write with his left hand again. The first thing he wrote was Corey’s name in English before writing his own name in Singalese. The humble but gratified look this young 18 year old gave his recipient will remain with me always.
The closest recipient Corey trained come from just 400 metres down the road from our fitting venue where he owns a fruit & vegetable stall. He went on to say he sells apples from Australia. One of Corey’s men come all the way from an area down past Galle which is about 170 Klms or 2 & a bit hours down the highway.
We attended the Rotary Club of Battaramulla last night. Our team had meet some of the Rotarians but it was a delightful to attend their happy meeting where the fellowship flows along with the drinks & a great arrang of local dishes. The Hands On Project Team were happy to reacquainte themselves with the friends they met on their last two visits. The District Governor was in attendance to hear the presentations about the Hands On Project. Sara spoke on behalf of our team. The club presented beautiful plaques to all team members & the Hands On Team presented the local committee who has organised the recipients, interpreters & venues a Certificate of Our Sincere Appreciation. It took us 1.5 hours to get to the Golf Club but only .5 hour to get home after the traffic settled down.