Fundraiser for Ukraine refugees 

9 August 2022

The SA Branch of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) is holding a concert fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees on Saturday, August 13.

The concert, a piano recital from Canberra-based medico and acclaimed pianist Dr Robert Schmidli, will be held at Ukaria Cultural Centre, Mt Barker Summit, from 7pm. 

The $50 tickets are online only through Humanitix: events.humanitix.com/concert-for-peace, with all proceeds going to Ukraine refugees.

The MAPW founded the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in 2007, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

ANMF has maintained its policy on ‘Peace’ for many years. It is the position of the ANMF that the production and use of nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction, including those intended for biological warfare, is condemned as a means of defence, as their deterrent effect is outweighed by their threat to world security, peace and health.

In addition, we believe nurses and midwives should raise awareness about the potential political, social, environmental and health consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

National vice-president of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) Dr Amanda Ruler says women have always been leaders in the peace, social justice, environmental and humanitarian movements. 

“Their contribution is often marginalised and under-recognised as women tend to work collaboratively, rarely showcasing their own profile but favouring a collective effort and broad outcomes,’’ says Dr Ruler, a Registered Nurse, ANMF (SA Branch) member and health science researcher currently working at Elliston Hospital on the Eyre Peninsula.

“Not since the Cold War between the USSR and USA of the 1950s and 1960s has the potential for nuclear war been so close, given the current situation with the war in Ukraine.’’