Jakarta - Liz Willson-Chandler might be the shortest volunteer on the Gift of the Givers search and rescue mission to Palu, Indonesia, but she has a big heart and passion for helping others.
Willson-Chandler, a wound healing specialist and nurse for 30 years, said she was on her fifth mission with the non-profit organisation. She is one of 25 volunteers working with the Gift of the Givers on the mission to the earthquake and tsunami-hit Palu.
Her first mission came six years ago when the organisation went to assist in Syria. For that trip, Willson-Chandler had not expected to be part of the mission and had been helping the organisation pack for essential items in her field of speciality, when Dr Imtiaz Sooliman rang her and invited her to join the mission.
“There were 85 others who were going and I asked myself, ‘What do they have that I don't’, and said to myself ‘Let's go find out’,” she said.
Since Syria, missions in the Philippines, Nepal and Kysna and now Palu, followed. She recalls how the organisation treated more than 10 000 people in a week in Syria.