“My name is Riccardo Yasso (more commonly known as Ricco), and I am the President of Bridging Health Incorporated. I am a born and bred Queenslander, who has lived in Rockhampton for the past 30 years. I am a Carpenter and Concreter by trade, but have worked as a Corrective Services Officer for the past 15 years. I am the fifth generation of Australians descendants of a chief, taken from Tanna island, Vanuatu, to work as a slave in Northern Queensland in the late 1800’s. About ten years ago, I returned to Vanuatu for the first time, and was shocked to realise the desperate need the people had for basic health and wound care. Determined to see them receive the health care they needed, I teamed up with other like-minded individuals and the charity, Bridging Health Incorporated, was founded. Each year we lead teams into rural and remote areas of Vanuatu with teams of Australian medical professionals, students and non-medical volunteer support, to deliver this much needed health care. The experience of delivering health services to those who otherwise could not access it, and seeing their gratitude, is an unparalleled joy, and one I hope you get to experience too!”
President, Bridging Health Inc
0475 245 163
Born in Esperance, WA, Michelle Thomson lived the majority of her childhood and youth in the Pilbara (northern WA).
“The past 26 years I have lived in Kalgoorlie, and over that time have worked with a number of not-for-profit organisations and community groups whose focus is families and children. I am currently working as an administrator of a local not-for-profit organisation who operates and oversee a variety of services that strengthen community and offer support to families. I have always had a heart for the underprivileged, oppressed and ‘invisible’, and have been on several overseas missions trips to work among the poor.
I fell in love with the Vision of Bridging Health, when I heard that they were bringing health to the poor via the community of Australian volunteers, selflessly offering their skills and talents to improve the quality of life for others less fortunate than themselves. The goals of Bridging Health Inc, which rely on those volunteers, are both realistic and achievable, and I am thrilled to be part of the Committee that is seeing Tannese lives and community changed through the love, care and encouragement of our Australian volunteers.”
Secretary, Bridging Health Inc
0484 637 176