Tribute to Dr Catherine Hamlin


January 24th 1924 – March 18th 2020

A few years ago Patricia travelled to Ethiopia with Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation as part of a major fundraising campaign.  Having supported the charity for many years she was able to see first hand what was achieved through the dedication and leadership of Dr Catherine Hamlin and her husband Dr Reg Hamlin.

We wrote of her leadership, dedication and achievements in one of our earlier blogs.  She was an inspiring leader and a kind and humble woman who left an amazing legacy, having improved the lives of over 60,000 disadvantaged women in East Africa.

Patricia & Pip

Patricia at the hospital in Addis Ababa with the patients and other supporters.

Sadly on Wednesday March 18th 2020 Catherine passed away peacefully at her home on the grounds of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia where she has lived for 61 years.  She was 94 years of age.  Her work will be carried on by dedicated surgeons, nurses and a range of other critical staff, but she will be sorely missed.

She has a Sydney Ferry named after her and we often look out for it on the harbour and think of her.


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