Dr Naveen Somia, President of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, was delighted to hand over a cheque to Interplast CEO, Prue Ingram for $13,853 recently. The money is a culmination of the proceeds from the auction prizes raised at the Gala Dinner during the Breast Masters Symposium 18-20 October 2018.
“ASAPS is very fortunate to be able to provide financial support to Interplast through its ongoing charity partnership. At all our events, we seek to raise funds for Interplast,” Dr Somia said.
The crowd was entertained at the Gala Dinner by speed painter, Brad Blaze who stunned onlookers with his creations of Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein. Both of which were donated as auction prizes.
The silent auction items were provided courtesy of Helping Hand.
“While financial donations are incredibly important, we are also very proud of the fact that this year 18 members will have taken time out of their busy practices to volunteer their time for Interplast surgical and training programs throughout the Asia Pacific region,” Dr Somia said.
CEO for Interplast, Prue Ingram said the donation would help to provide more life-changing surgery and training across the region.
“We very much value the partnership we have with ASAPS. The link to their members is essential for the continued success of our program.
“ASAPS members are a valuable part of the team effort that goes into making each program a success.
“The surgical skills they provide to doctors and medical staff in training in these developing countries provide an everlasting legacy. If it wasn’t for the Interplast program going into the community, these patients might never have had access to medical assistance.
Dr Somia said Specialist Plastic Surgeons often get a bad rap when it comes to altruism, but he said it is a matter of great pride that Australia’s Specialist Plastic Surgeons have made significant and vital contributors to the success of Interplast.
“The surgical skills of our members who volunteer their time in areas where they are needed most is more than providing good-will. These surgeons are empowering the people in these communities with medical know-how, surgical skills and information on patient safety to ensure better medical outcomes are achieved for the locals,” Dr Somia said.
The Breast Masters Symposium was attended by more than 100 Specialist Plastic Surgeons who are dedicated to lifelong learning in aesthetic surgery. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) awarded surgeons 20 Continuing Professional Development points.
“I would also like to acknowledge that the meeting was endorsed by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons (NZAPS) and the Singapore Association of Plastic Surgeons (SAPS),” Dr Somia said.
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