Free health clinic dedicated to quake victim
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 6:34p.m.
By Jessica Rowe
A free youth health clinic has opened in Christchurch, dedicated to a popular practitioner who died in the February quake.
Dr Husam Sabar Al-Ani was a passionate doctor, and was lost in the CTV building collapse. He is mourned by his wife Wasan Al-Lani and her three daughters.
The family raised $25,000 to help the centre re-open. It will provide young people at risk with free medical consultations, peer support, and alcohol and drug counselling.
His daughters say re-opening the clinic will help them cope with losing their father.
“His way of coping was to do something about something, so our way of coping with such a massive loss was to do a massive thing, and a massive good thing,” says Azza Al-Lani.
The 55-year-old Dr Husam had been working in the CTV building for two months before its catastrophic collapse, and was determined to help those between 10 and 25.
Prior to that, Dr Husam worked along side Sue Bagshaw who helped set up the one-stop shop determined to carry on his good work.
“Yes, bad things happened but this is a good thing that has arisen,” she says.
Dr Bagshaw says the centre will “continue in the generosity in the man we're remembering today”.
A plaque at the centre pays tribute to Dr Hasum, celebrating his work as they continue to help Christchurch’s troubled youth.
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8/09/2012 12:05:04 p.m.
Sue Bagshaw is a role model and an amazing person. It is her who have made the impossible possible, the credit goes entirely to her and her passionate team for her incredible determination and consistent devotion for the youth in Christchurch. There were many people who worked hard to make this possible, (Robyn has named some of them) our family participated with a fraction and were helped by kind people from around New Zealand, Australia and UK who donated for the project. A special Thank you to Philipa Wintle with her intelligent ideas, Christchurch Girl’s High School girls and staff with their great support, Deakin University staff and students, and Westmead Hospital; and that's only to name a few of those involved.
6/09/2012 2:30:51 p.m.
Uncle Dr. Hussam had been, and will always be, an idol and an icon in our family. With so many nieces and nephews growing up, he was continuously encouraging us to do better in school and life. He taught us to hold on to integrity and morals regardless of hurdles and difficulties. Now, after his departure, he is still an icon and a stronger motivator for us to do better to, hopefully, someday be remembered in such an honorable remembrance as his.
1/09/2012 7:39:40 a.m.
What a fantastic thing this family have done to honour their husband and father. Such a generous family. God bless.
31/08/2012 10:25:05 p.m.
Robyn Robinson wrote:
Congratulations Dr Hasum's family on this great legacy for the future health of Christchurch Youth. Massive credit also to the work of Dr Sue Bagshaw, Peter Young and Peter Webb.
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