Special Relationships

One of the important things to remember about ZANE is that all the beneficiaries are known personally by at least one of the team of carers who are on the ground in Zim.

We received the following report from one of those amazing volunteers and would like to share it with our readers so that they can see the extent of the relationships that our generous donors are enabling:

Mr M

Mr M. passed away on Monday, 14th of August in his sleep – he was 102 years old.

Mr M. enlisted in the British Army at the age of 16 in 1937 and continued on active service until 1946. After his discharge he worked for many years as a clerk for a law firm, finally retiring in 2007 at the age of 70 and just as the country descended into economic chaos.

Since that time, Mr M has been receiving a grant through ZANE and this has literally transformed his later years. Through the medical fund we were able to have his cataracts operated on and our partner ophthalmologist saw him many times after that as he often needed the reassurance that there was nothing else wrong with his eyes. The doctor always took time with him and saw him pro bono.

ZANE also managed to organise a nurse aide for both Mr and Mrs M. as they were both struggling with simple tasks due to their ages. This helped make their lives a lot easier and allowed Mr M. to enjoy his last few years without having to do hard tasks. Before the nurse aide started, it was Mr M. who cared for Mrs M. every day. She herself had worked for the Red Cross for many years.

Without the support and help he received, his last few years would have been extremely hard as his family struggled to support them and two of his children had died before him.

He was a grand old man and we will all miss the time we spent with him as he recounted his experiences in the Second World War.

* Names and images may have been changed for privacy reasons

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Thank you – Nicky Passaportis ZANE Australia

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