Please Help a Permaculturist in Trouble

Tiny Eglington, an old friend of mine from a farming background and now long-time permaculture practitioner and teacher, is currently in the Philippines where he had been visiting organic farms there. Tiny has been a big part of pushing organic farming in this region.

Unfortunately Tiny is now in hospital with serious health problems. He got an infection in his leg and with his diabetes and age it affected his kidneys.

Tiny is a born and bred farmer of this area here in Australia, and so was his father and grandfather. He has been an ambassador for permaculture since he took his course in 2007. He’s a real farmer convert, and he and his family are greatly respected in the Australian farming community for their ability to care for soil. I have heard him described as a soil-smith. He is also a very likable character.

Tiny did some incredible work for us in Namibia in very hard conditions and as usual produced heaps of food.

Tiny is now seriously ill in the Riverside Medical Centre, in Bacolod, in the Philippines. He urgently needs financial help to receive treatment. Things are desperate as his diabetes got the better of him a week ago and he has been languishing in palliative care because without travel insurance he can’t pay for his treatment. Right now tonight Tiny is facing losing at least one leg. His family have spent all they can. We want to attempt to raise the daily medical and hospital fees for the next 30 days. This will give him a better chance than palliative care and maybe a chance of an operation, so he can get out of hospital at least alive and back to Australia. This appeal is truly urgent for Tiny — he needs our help now. Your donation, however large or small, will get to the hospital and help Tiny one way or the other. Right now the hospital can put him on a dialysis machine and mainline antibiotics to stabilise him and bring him coherent. This treatment will cost $30,000 at least, but it is his last chance. Donate whatever you can, according to your means and we will get there.

If you would like to make a donation, please do so via any of the means listed here. (Be sure to enter a note mentioning ‘For Tiny Eglington’, and if you’re not sure, just email office (at) permaculturenews.org after making your deposit, letting us know the amount and by what medium you sent it.)

Thanks to all.