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“Blast From Your Past” … a unique MSM fundraiser event


Your Invitation + friends, family & neighbours – 6 October 2018
A fun night of music and variety entertainment called “Blast From Your Past” ( is planned for Saturday 6th October, as a fundraiser for the work of MSM in Vanuatu.  
The format for the evening will be similar to the successful 60s and 70s nights held over the past three years, with good ol’ fashioned “Nostalgia“, plus an ensemble of amazingly talented musicians, fueling the fun and frivolity.
There’s also the chance to come dressed in your favorite decade, the Rock’n 50sRebel 60sRelaxed 70s, or the Recent 80s … (…as you’d be aware, nothing of note has happened in the past 30 years, so the evening is featuring solely pre-1990 music, comedy, TV and news)   
Event Promos
A flyer is attached, but I’ve also included two recent fun video promos for the event below…

And here’s the website …
Feel free to pass it onto friends and family !  Why not come along as a group?!
It’s not essential to RSVP, but if you can it’ll help tremendously with planning.  
If you think you can come just flick an email to, with names and numbers.
Look forward to catching up on the night!
All the best
Rob Latimer
for Medical Sailing Ministries
Ph 0428 370 579

Vanuatu MSM Member Update & PCV Helt Nius – June 2018

Greetings from Medical Sailing Ministries and PCV Health,

and thank you for your continued interest, encouragement and support.

The latest  June 2018 MSM Member Update newsletter (attached) points to the amazing work being done by the eye and dental team in Vanuatu, who are continuing to re-structure their health service into a commercial, financially sustainable business; while still retaining their focus on delivering care to those in greatest need.

It’s been a busy, productive and exciting few months and we  invite you to read the latest  PCV Helt Nius; to discover more – and be inspired.

(Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu Health News)

Smooth seas, fair breeze and Tank Yu Tumas 

Robert Latimer & Mike Clarke

MSM Coordinators, 


Latest PCVHealth Report available

Greetings from Medical Sailing Ministries, 
Please take time to read the latest  2018 May PCV Helt Nius on what has been happening heathwise in Vanuatu, current status of the National Oral Health Survey and possible initiatives for the future.

Blessings to you


Robert Latimer & Mike Clarke

MSM Coordinators, 


E:   &


Latest Progress Report now available to download

Greetings from Medical Sailing Ministries, 
Our night with Pastor Tasale was a great success. We had around 50 people along in the end, which wasn’t bad given that we got back from NZ the previous Friday morning and  it was all cobbled together in 6 days.  
Please take time to read our latest  MSM Progress Report on what we have achieved over the past 12 months, current status of MSM and the National Oral Health Survey and what initiatives are in place for the future.

Blessings to you


Robert Latimer & Mike Clarke

MSM Coordinators, 


E:   &


Pastor Tasale from Paunangisu to visit NRUC

Greetings from Medical Sailing Ministries, 

It’s short notice, but for those who will be in Melbourne this coming Friday night, a special evening of Friendship, Fun and Fellowship is being planned to coincide with the visit of Pastor Tasale from the village of Paunangisu, which is about one hour’s drive north of Port Vila and the home of PCV Health Dental Care Worker, Morinda Kalmar (nee Toare) … and coincidentally, the BEST Public Toilet in The South Pacific …

Key details of the evening are as follows:

– Friday 4th May 2018   (7:00pm-9:15pm)

– North Ringwood Uniting Church, 14 Dickson Cres, Ringwood North 

– Visit by Pastor Tasale from Paunangisu Village       

– Videos from the 2017 Supporters Tour & MSM Mission

– Latest news from the National Oral Health Survey, Gudfala Tut Skul program (ie Good Teeth School) and the Supervised School Brushing Trial

– News concerning the Seasonal Worker Program and how to get involved 


– Supper following.

– Dress Tropical & Colourful

– Cost by donation to cover catering & to support PCV Health in their continuing transition to a self-sustaining business model

Please pass the word around … the more the merrier.

And if you are able to RSVP to assist with catering, that would be great (to Rob Latimer  at )  Otherwise, just come along.

Click Invalid download ID. for more details

Blessings to you


Robert Latimer & Mike Clarke

MSM Coordinators, 


E:   &


February 2018 Member Update available

The  1 February 2018 MSM Member Update is now available.

In it we look at the the effect removal of AusAid funding from PCVHealth, and moves to make this valuable service  self-sustaining in the longer term with your help.

MSM Brief Report

With the Chimere finally berthed in Westernport it is time to give a brief report on what we have achieved.

In the words of Cam Heath:

Hastings to Hastings
177 Days
5000+ nautical miles
1000+ surveys
Hundreds of dental, optometry and GP services
29 people evacuated
1 yacht salvaged and 2 happy Germans
Hundreds of hours boat work
Thousands of hearts touched including ours

Well done MSM!

Blessings to all


For those wanting a few more details from Rob please click to download the 2017-10-31 MSM Report 2017 in Brief

“TANNA” the movie invitation from MSM Vanuatu – 7:00pm, Fri 1 Sep 2017

Greetings from Medical Sailing Ministries 



As Mission 3 gets underway to the islands of Pentecost & Maewo, for those in Melbourne (or able to get to Melbourne) – plus their friends and family of course – we extend an invitation to a very special Vanuatu Night on Friday 1st September.

After receiving personal permission from the director and producer Bentley Dean, we are really pleased to be able screen the film TANNA and invite you along!

Details can be found in attached flyer   and below:

VANUATU NIGHT – TANNA the movie & much more

A night of entertainment, fun & inspiration

Friday 1st September, 2017 7.00 p.m.

North Ringwood Uniting Church, 14 Dickson Crescent, North Ringwood

Evening highlights…

– Acclaimed movie Tanna

– Latest news from MSM Mission 2017

– Uplifting stories from “The Clinic Files”

– Last minute “Supporters Tour” invitation

If possible … RSVP to Rob at  … if last minute, then just come along anyway. The more the merrier.

Donation at the door.   


View the trailer (and extra bits) here …


Producers Background to the making of the film Tanna

Tanna Movie – What do the tribe members think?

Long God yumi stanap

Sunday 9 July 2017 [See also post for Saturday]
Port Vila Sea Wall, Efate

In God we Stand … it’s on the Vanuatu coat of arms, the currency – everything official and Government related.  The constitution refers to the country and the laws it passes, as being grounded in the Christian faith and today this was seriously reaffirmed when the newly elected President of the Republic of Vanuatu participated in a service of Dedication and Commissioning at the Paton Memorial Church.


It was a big afternoon, with the man himself, Paster Obed Moses having been a Presbyterian minister (of 30+ years standing) up until just a couple of weeks ago – talk about one serious promotion!  In fact Paster Moses was living in a church house next to the central office up until his official inauguration the other day at parliament house, when a big black car came and took him off to his new residence.

Paster Moses, now His Excellency President Moses, either ran or attended many of the church meetings I’ve attended over the years here in Port Vila and he was well aware of the work we have been doing through Medical Sailing Ministries in support of the people of Vanuatu

The service started at 2:00pm – (not all that long after the usual morning service had wound up) and to say it was well attended would be an understatement – I’ve never seen the place so packed, with rows of seats outside as well.  There were speeches, singing, prayers, but most importantly the address from President Moses, who reaffirmed the need for national unity, peace, honesty at all levels of society, the importance of remembering the vision and struggle of independence and a reminder that this is a Christian country, with laws and values based on the teachings of Jesus.

Given the political turmoil of the past couple of years (read: 14 members of parliament out of a house of 52 sent to jail for corruption) President Moses seems just what the country needs, the challenge to deliver, effectively starts tomorrow.
Around 3:30pm the service was winding up and as the President and his wife filed out, closely followed by the church leaders and other dignitaries, I leaned over to Barry Stewart and wondered out loud “I wonder if they do the hand-shake thing with so many people here, it’ll take hours”

Well guess what … they did the handshake thing!  And 30 minutes later we were still sitting in our seats waiting for our row to get its turn to stand and shuffle to the middle aisle for the final push to the exit and the personal handshake with His Excellency.  Barry Stewart was just in front of me and having been one of his patients, Paster Moses, sorry, His Excellency President Moses, warmly shook Barry’s hand and thanked him for coming.  My turn next and with a big smile and a strong handshake The President said, “hello Rob, when did you get back?” … “Ah … yesterday and congratulations, well done, we wish you every success!”

So there you go, quite definitely the ONLY president of any country in the entire world that knows my name !!     Quite apart from knowing we’d sailed off with a medical team around 2 weeks ago and were due back about now!   I felt really privileged.
(as fond as I am of taking photos, even I thought a selfie on the steps of the Paton Memorial Church – just me and the President – would appear a bit crass?!)

I got back to the boat around 4:30pm and after a day without an internet connection – apparently you need credit in your account, which I was able to remedy with Barry’s technical assistance – I sifted through a collection of emails before heading up to Deb’s place overlooking the bay for a group sunset and pizza night; something of a farewell too as many people are flying home over the next few days – Doug, Tami, Antonio, Martin, Gerry and Annette, with Daniel and David leaving today.

Having been such a dynamic and talented sailing and medical group – brought together through a pretty random, self-selection-volunteer-application-process – it’s somewhat sad and anticlimactic to have everyone drift away, back to their usual, normal lives.

If I was getting poetic I’d say it was a bit like a “sandcastle on the beach of life” … a thing built at one particular time, and for one particular purpose, only to be washed away by the incoming tide; leaving only a memory … plus of course a stack of photos, videos, blogs, Facebook posts and comments etc etc.  Although in this case hopefully a lot more – with a swag of very satisfied dental, medical and optical patients – plus the all-important Oral Health Survey data … 154 participants from 7 separate locations on 4 different islands!

While I was mixing it with the President up on the hill, Peter and (Dr) Doug made their way over to the Boat Yard to meet “the Germans”, check out the underwater damage to their boat, while also dropping into the yacht club there.  They spoke with the marine surveyor and in order to complete his insurance assessment, of the German’s damaged yacht, he indicated he’ll be coming over for a chat at some stage.

It’s a full moon tonight.  The air is still, it’s cool (by local standards) and very quiet.  It’s just Peter and me aboard at the moment with new crew, for the second mission due in the next few days.  Tomorrow it’ll be case of continuing the clean-up and starting the sorting and restocking for the next team – the show must go on !

Smooth seas, fair breeze and Long God yumi stanap

Rob Latimer

Graeme Duke – Doctor Gadget of the South Pacific

Please pray for Graeme and Sue Duke as they complete a week-long stay in Port Vila. 
Graeme’s purpose on this, probably his 9th “Tour of Duty” to this small developing nation, is to locate and install a swag of much needed medical equipment at the Port Vila Central Hospital. 
Equipment salvaged by Graeme, donated by Box Hill Hospital as part of their recent re-fit and transported by Rotary in Geelong earlier this year.
Read about it in the Vanuatu Daily Post
Graeme’s daily blog makes for very interesting reading.  
Just click the link …