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A Ray of Sunshine

One of Akzo Nobel's employees in Australia has been instrumental in helping to save lives in East Timor.

Lives in East Timor are being saved thanks to the efforts of an Akzo Nobel manager.

Michael Vrettakis, who is Operations Manager at the Industrial Finishes site in Sunshine, Melbourne, Australia, was so moved by the plight of the East Timorese people that he decided to do something about it.

As President of the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne, he was instrumental in arranging the donation of a special vehicle after identifying transport to outlying communities as being a major problem in the fledgling nation.

The result was the purchase of a four wheel drive vehicle which was converted into a mobile Tuberculosis clinic and which now allows medical staff to treat TB and many other diseases found in the region.

The vehicle, which has been in use for several months, was presented to the Maryknoll Sisters, who operate in the remote region of Alieu and can now access communities in mountainous regions that normally would have been denied a medical service.

East Timor, which recently gained independence, is trying to rebuild after 24 years of Indonesian military occupation.

(Released: January 23, 2002)

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