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Campio Salutes Professor Heinz Rode - Burn Hero

I met Professor Rode in 2011 when the late Euton Murphy - secretary of the board - and I visited the Red Cross Children's Hospital.  I was overwhelmed with honor to be heard and acknowledge by him and be allowed to quote him. "Campio has indeed landed themselves a hiatus - what a wonderful vision".  Campio has since struggled like a baby who simply cannot stand without support - almost 7 years later it finally crawls back to life and by Gods grace has active human resources and partnership support - where the heart of an organisation grows stronger and eventually walks - sometimes we are too hasty in wanting to run when crawling and falling is part of the process of finding our feet. I salute all fellow organisations and companies who work endlessly for the betterment of humanity and with a voice of mutual solidarity says NO to the violation of humanity.  When an organisation has to close its doors it is not because it has no heart but because it has no m
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