Dr Stephen Ganko speaks about “Lucky Soup”

On Tuesday 24 May Dr Stephen Ganko was our guest speaker at the last formal dinner for semester one.  Dr Ganko is a dental graduate from the University of Queensland, and Rotarian, who in 2015 ventured to Nepal in order to trek to Base Camp.  Stephen was with a group of people who spent a significant period of time training and planning the requirements for what is a very demanding journey.  Stephen explained in great detail the feeling of being on the mountain and showed a number of photographs of Mt Everest, its villages and people.  He then went on to talk about the expedition and in particular a point, about 30 minutes from Base camp, when the group’s Sherpa made them stop to have some potato and garlic soup.  The delay saved them from experiencing a series of avalanches that were triggered by an earthquake in Nepal.  There were a number of deaths at Base Camp and Nepal as well as significant structural damage both at the camp, in the city and in villages around the mountain.  Fortunately no one in Stephen’s party was seriously injured.  Stephen believes that this was quite possibly because of the delay in eating soup.

Stephen also spoke about advancements that are being made in dentistry and in particular the role of 3D printing, stem cell technology and vaccinations in his area of work.  We want to thank Stephen, and his wife Rhonda, for taking the time to visit Cromwell.

L to R: Mr Ross Switzer, Mrs Rhonda Ganko & Dr Stephen Ganko