High stakes for student raffle

November 14, 2012

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A new car is the top prize in a raffle being held by Chiropractic students to raise funds for their annual mission to India.

Later this month, 24 final year Chiropractic students and 10 local chiropractors will travel with the Hands on India mission to supply health care to one of the poorest villages in India.  

Since 2006, Hands on India has provided more than 30,000 primary healthcare treatments to men, women and children who work as rock-breakers and other manual labourers in Siliguri, India. 

Dean of Murdoch’s School of Chiropractic and Sports Science, Associate Professor Brian Nook, said the students and qualified chiropractors have established treatment centres throughout the area to support the communities.

“These families and the associated Missionary have welcomed our students to experience their way of life and the opportunity to offer health care to the people of the area,” Professor Nook said.

“Their ‘back-breaking’ work, coupled with appalling living conditions and inadequate health care constitute a bleak reality and is an opportunity for our students to give back to society and learn from each of these individuals.

“This trip provides very necessary services to these communities and further develops our students’ patient care skills.”

This year’s Hands on India students have a goal of raising $60,000 and providing treatments to 5000 villagers during their 16 day mission.

Although all students and clinicians pay for their airfares and accommodation, Hands on India participants raise funds to support translators, temporary clinics, transportation and medical supplies.

“The opportunity to apply our own knowledge and skills in chiropractic to so many people in a part of the world so different to our own doesn’t come around often,” fourth year chiropractic student Matt Huxtable said.

“Our fundraising efforts in addition to this raffle will make it possible for us to gain valuable practical experience in chiropractic but most importantly help people in great need of this type of care.”

Car dealership Wanneroo Chrysler Jeep Dodge was more than happy to contribute to the cause.

“When the students approached our dealership we were really impressed by their initiative to raise funds for this cause,” sales manager Bryan Miller said.

“We’re proud to be part of the Hands on India charity and hope that our contribution helps the students reach their fundraising goals."

Additional funds raised are donated to the Catholic mission Seva Kedra, which has used past donations to build a village school with running water and electricity.  

The Hands-on-India raffle offers 3 grand prizes:

                1st Prize:  2012 Jeep Patriot (RRP $25,000) from Wanneroo Chrysler Jeep Dodge 

                2nd Prize: 7 nights at 5-star Karma Resort in Goa India (RRP $7,500)

                3RD Prize: 1 Night stay at a Seashells Resort 3 bedroom villa in Mandurah (RRP $440)

There are only 1000 tickets are available, and can be purchased from http://www.handsonindia.com.au/, the Murdoch University Chiropractic Clinic, Wanneroo Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Perth Wellness Centre, and Pinjarra Chiropractic.

Donations to support Hands on India can be made at www.handsonindia.com.au/donate-now

For more information about Hands on India or the raffle, please contact Hands on India President Sarah Murchison at info@handsonindia.com.au

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