Champion of kids an inspiration to all

When Ballinas Marg Ward (pictured right) was a 17-year-old student nurse at the Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children, shed organise outings for the kids and even buy them clothes from her meagre wage.

More than 40 years later Margs passion for helping young children burns more brightly than ever, and she is currently working with street kids in the Mdecins Sans Frontires (Doctors Without Borders) Baoji Childrens Centre in northern China. This is her fourth mission with the organisation.

Many of the youngsters have been exposed to physical and psychological trauma, neglect, abuse, hunger and rejection, Marg said. One young girl, Irene, was brought here a week before I arrived in January. She has autistic tendencies, cerebral palsy and had obviously suffered depravation. In less than two months at the centre Irene has become a new child. She has learned some English from me and is really opening up. Her smile is worth a thousand words!

Margs work with Mdecins Sans Frontires in various developing countries was featured on Australian Story on Monday night. If you missed this tale of a local hero, you can catch the show again this Saturday, March 25, at 12.30pm.

Marg has been involved in child health care in the Lismore area for many years, and is well known and well loved by everybody, said her long-time friend, Andrew Binns. This show is a tribute to her wonderful spirit and is an inspiration to people of all ages.


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