A trip to the Amazon for the Inner Wheel


While the weather outside was unseasonably cool the ladies of Forfar Inner Wheel were transported along the banks of the Amazon to Peru by their speaker Pam Cairns.

Pam was brought up on a small farm in Dumfriesshire and educated at Lockerbie Academy and later at Edinburgh University, where she studied medicine.

While working as a GP in Kirkcaldy she and her Rotarian husband Alan had the opportunity to lead a team of medical volunteers to the Amazon on board the Amazon Hope.

This three week trip had such an effect on Pam that she resigned her medical practice and became the volunteer medical Director of the Vine Trust, the charity set up to provide medical and dental care to the villagers along the banks of the Amazon.

Pam’s passion and commitment to improve the lot of the children trapped in poverty and horrendous conditions was clear for all to see. She became so shocked by the plight of the thousands of street children living there that she decided to write a novel for children to explain and highlight their plight.

“The Dead Don’t Hurt Us” was published in 2010. The title chosen as many street children choose graveyards as a place of safety. Pam is currently working on a sequel, which will highlight the horrors of trafficking.

The vote of thanks was given by Jean Hale who wished her well in this new project.