IMPORTANT WORK: Discovery Coast Rotary Club members Adele Hughes and Leonie Hills are travelling to Laos to give landmine victims prosthetic hands.
IMPORTANT WORK: Discovery Coast Rotary Club members Adele Hughes and Leonie Hills are travelling to Laos to give landmine victims prosthetic hands. Paul Braven GLA140217HAND

Gladstone's miracle women deliver hands to mine victims

MOST people take brushing their teeth, driving and anything else you do with your hands for granted.

But for hundreds of people in Laos, life can be a struggle.

It's for this reason Discovery Coast Rotary Club members Adele Hughes and Leonie Hills are travelling to the country on Friday to help deliver hundreds of prosthetic hands to landmine victims.

As part of Rotary's Hands On Project, people have been assembling these hands to send to Laos this year.

Ms Hughes said clubs raised money to buy the pieces of the hand, and then workshops were held to assemble them.

"Leonie and I have been to a few workshops where we've put them together but we've never been on the other end to see what happens over there," she said.

More than 400 hands will be brought to Laos, with slightly more than 20 assembled at clubs from the Gladstone region.

Ms Hills said it would be interesting to see how people reacted when they received the prosthetics.

"We've got a bit of direct feedback, people saying now I can weed my field, ride my scooter or write," she said.

According to the National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Action in Lao PDR, about 25% of the country's villages are contaminated with unexploded ordnance.

"When you read the information on it, it's astounding," Ms Hills said.

She said people were still being killed or injured every day.

"It's children and adults, some of them are double amputees," Ms Hills said.



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