Mel Toh has never stopped and thought ‘what if’?
Her story is one of motivation, drive and the passion to use her calling to affect the greatest of change – providing hope to some of the most needy communities in the world.
A QUT School of Nursing graduate, Mel has trained in the areas of paediatric emergency nursing and tropical medicine before becoming involved with the Mercy Ships. Today she is a Screening Nurse working on a Surgical Hospital Ship in Africa called Mercy Ships, providing the vital role of visiting communities to gauge people with the greatest needs and bring them on board for often life-saving treatments.
Mel describes what this role means to her:
“It was one day that it all clicked for me. That little known thing in a world of darkness and bad events – I realised I represented the face of hope. And when I knew that, it was the most precious thing I could ever describe.
“To be able to use my training to make such a difference. This is what motivates me; what drives me on every day.
“Real health – in my case it is about providing essential services and provision to those in the most desperate situations. I’m the lucky one.”