Rotary Anns, Harvey World Travel raise funds for Frere Hospital unit
EYABANTWANA for the Children’s Trust received more than R50000 from Beacon Bay Rotary Anns and Harvey World Travel.
The Rotary Anns hosted a Mother’s Day picnic in May through which they were able to raise R40000 and Harvey World Travel raised R17000 through a recent golf day.
Plans are afoot to purchase a state-of-the-art hydraulic shower trolley for Frere Hospital at a cost of approximately R150000 to refurbish the hospital’s burn unit and to purchase laparoscopic instruments to replace the old equipment.
“It’s not just about the donations that we receive but also your involvement in the trust. People from different spheres of life are ready to assist and we appreciate that. The burn ward was built about 50 years ago and nothing has changed, just the staff.
“The equipment is still operational but it is not ideal and cleaning the equipment in between proves to be a hassle. With the new equipment we intend on purchasing and installing, it can take a child and an adult,” head of the department of paediatric surgery at Frere Hospital and Eyabantwana trustee Dr Milind Chitnis said.
They will also paint the walls in bright colours to cheer up the children.
Paediatric surgeon Colin Lazarus said the shower trolley was designed to provide a safe and hygienic method for dressing burns. “It has been used successfully in many private facilities and will greatly enhance patient care.
“Laparoscopic instruments are used for minimally invasive or keyhole surgery, thus reducing post-operative pain and recovery periods,” he said.
There are other fundraising events in the pipeline, such as the Emerald Vale Mountain Bike Race next month and Grandads Army who will cycle to Stellenbosch in October.
To find out more about the Eyabantwana for the Children’s Trust, visit www.eyabantwana.co.za