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Camelman Dreaming and the Children First Foundation


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A slide presentation of the Darwin to Melbourne Thank You Camel Expedition 2008-2009
The expedition took thirteen years to organise and almost two years to walk the 6500kms across some of the Harshest Environments in the world.
Russell Osborne and Ros Consoli walked their camel train through Melbourne City on the 22/11/09 to meet with Trishna and Krishna's Australian Guardian, Moira Kelly to say thank you to her for a life of changing and saving children's lives.
Russell Osborne is planning a solo camel expedition from Perth to Sydney in 2013. Again in support of Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation.
Perth to Sydney Thank You Camel Expedition website:

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Camelman Dreaming and the Children First Foundation

  2. 3. Catching wild camels to select the expedition camels. William Creek, South Australia .
  3. 4. Training the selected camels. This process develops trust between camel and human. .
  4. 5. The Training Walk. 700kms from William Creek to Alice Springs .
  5. 6. One years food supplies.
  6. 7. Eleven Years of planning. On our way. Northern Highway. N.T .
  7. 8. A Mental Milestone. N.T. and W.A. Border
  8. 9. Cross Country Trekking Map and Compass Navigation .
  9. 10. Canning Stock Route Water A Valuable Resource.
  10. 11. Desert Country
  11. 12. Protection
  12. 13. Protecting the herd from wild bull camels
  13. 14. Community Kids
  14. 15. Feral Camels. Australia has 1.4 million wild camels.
  15. 16. End of the first year of the expedition. Arriving in Alice Springs.
  16. 17. Leaving Alice Springs. Second year.
  17. 18. Alice Springs Residents walking with the camels. Todd River, Alice Springs
  18. 19. Simpson Desert
  19. 20. Old Ghan Railway Line .
  20. 21. Ghan Town. Marree, S.A .
  21. 22. Flinders Ranges. S.A .
  22. 23. Outback Border Crossing.
  23. 24. Entering Victoria
  24. 25. Meeting Moira Kelly
  25. 26. Country Victoria
  26. 27. Crossing the Great Dividing Range.
  27. 28. Through the Mountains
  28. 29. Outer Suburbs Melbourne.
  29. 30. 100 metres to go!
  30. 31. 13 years in the making. The completion of a 6500km Transcontinental Camel Expedition across Australia’s harshest environments.
  31. 32. Senior Police Assistance getting through Melbourne.
  32. 33. Brighton Sea Scouts Melbourne
  33. 34. Brighton Beach Huts Melbourne
  34. 35. Fitzroy Street, St Kilda Melbourne
  35. 36. The Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne
  36. 37. Meeting the Governor of Victoria and his wife, Mr and Mrs De Kretser
  37. 38. The Dream....Walking into Melbourne CBD 22/11/09
  38. 39. Collins Street Melbourne
  39. 40. Saying Thank You to Moira Kelly
  40. 41. JOB DONE! Walking out of Melbourne
  41. 42. This is what it was all about!
  42. 45. ‘ To transform the lives of children who need us most, by giving hope, exceptional care and pathways to a brighter future'.
  43. 47. <ul><li>Between the Gaps </li></ul><ul><li>gECHO project (getting Every Child’s Heart Okay) </li></ul><ul><li>Miracle sMiles Program </li></ul>
  44. 48. <ul><li>Children referred by youth and family services organisations, eg Orana Family Services </li></ul><ul><li>May include orthodontics, orthotics, speech pathology, ophthalmological and developmental aids </li></ul><ul><li>$3,000 - $5,000 assistance per child </li></ul>
  45. 49. <ul><li>Conducted in conjunction with Menzies School of Health Research and other medical institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) project to screen 4,000 Indigenous children in Northern Australia. </li></ul>
  46. 50. Identifies children from developing countries suffering from debilitating illness, injury or deformity, and brings them to Australia for profoundly life-changing surgery.
  47. 51. To date the Program assisted over 200 children in Australia. Also facilitated 200 in-country surgeries.
  48. 53. On arrival 6 weeks later 6 months later in Vietnam
  49. 54. Recovering from surgery In Tanzania 14 months after surgery
  50. 59. <ul><li>Surgery costs are generally $20,000 - $35,000 depending on the type and severity of the child’s condition </li></ul><ul><li>Ancillary medical, travel costs and the provision of necessities are, on average, $8,000 per child </li></ul><ul><li>Doctors, surgeons, nurses, other medical specialists and organisations provide their time and expertise on a pro bono basis </li></ul>
  51. 61. <ul><li>9 honorary Directors, inc Moira Kelly </li></ul><ul><li>CEO, Margaret Smith </li></ul><ul><li>3 full-time staff members </li></ul><ul><li>5 part-time staff members </li></ul><ul><li>30 regular volunteers </li></ul>