Archive | April 2012

5th April, Bruce and India

Well, Bruce did not come home from India last week!
He decided to stay on. Here is his story.

As I was booked to go to Arizona, when a request came in for me to go to Punjab in India, with Peter Freeland, a local Doctor going to work with Slum Doctors. I decided to send my cousin Bruce to represent me.

25 Clinicians and 35 support staff, from the England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Holland, China and USA travelled to India for the Camp.They were joined by more than 100 volunteers from India.

The Camp is supported by the Rotary Club of Phillaur.

Slumdoctor Project, Punjab, India

18th march  – Bruce Bear from “Teddies for Tragedies” attending a pre camp meeting today – saying “namaste” to the local children.
Pictured Peter Freeland – Slumdoctor Volunteer – Accident and Emergency Consultant from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Here, Bruce is overlooking the construction of the camp, in school grounds, where waiting patients can shelter from the sun.

Supervising the dish washing

and learning to make Chapattis!

Some of Bruce’s new friends..


As Bruce felt this very sick little boy needed him the most, he decided to stay with him in India, to be his best friend!

Well done Bruce, you have found your purpose in life!

 “There’s just something about a Teddy Bear that’s impossible to explain. When you hold one in your arms, you get a feeling of love, comfort and security. It’s almost supernatural.”
-James Ownby

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