This article was originally published on the Post Newspapers Vol 49 No. 53.
When Eric Boon’s wife Penny dropped him at the airport for his first mission with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), she said something to him that still causes a lump in his throat.
“She told me: ‘All the things you have done and can do and all the things you know have led you to this service’, the Swanbourne resident and retired pastoralist said.
As well as managing a Gascoyne cattle station, 72-year-old Mr. Boon has been a pilot, managed a boat yard, served as a Claremont councillor, and owned a trucking business.
On Christmas Eve 2015, aged 64, he “packed his mixed bag of skills” and started working with MSF.
Just days before this Christmas, he told the POST from Lebanon how he had been training local doctors and nurses to treat and vaccinate against cholera.