Make a difference with R67 this Mandela Day!
- By: Dagmar Kahn
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/be-the-change-mandela-day
Nelson Mandela Day, which takes place on 18 July, is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that everyone has the power to make a positive impact on the world around them.
This year, instead of asking people to volunteer 67-minutes in-person, Witkoppen Clinic is encouraging a social distancing friendly approach to making a difference.
The clinic is asking for donations of R67 (or more) towards a total goal of R67 000 to support new moms and babies who need access to care and treatment.
The donations will go towards securing much-needed funding for the clinic’s FRESH Start programme, which aims to eliminate mother to child HIV transmission through medical support and education.
- R67 will provide an infant with 2 boxes of cereal
- R670 provides 5 packs of burn shield to treat burns caused by paraffin stoves.
- R6 700 will provide 15 families with a food parcel.
- R67 000 will provide the clinic with a lifesaving monitor, able to track blood pressure, oxygen blood sugar, temperature and heart rhythm rate, for a child or mother in the emergency room.
About the FRESH Start programme
The FRESH Start programme, an initiative between Witkoppen and New York based non-profit, Gift of Hope, provides postnatal care to both women and babies for 18 months after birth. Through the provision of nurses, social workers and dieticians, the programme helps HIV-positive mothers maintain their antiretroviral treatment, as well as keeping both mother and baby healthy. In the past four years, Witkoppen has had zero HIV transmission to babies.
"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived; it is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
- Aug 13, 2020 - USD $ 40.04
- "So happy to support the great work that you do." - John & Stephanie Mumbauer
- Jul 21, 2020 - R 112.00
Keep Warm & Stay Safe xx" - Natashe Clark
- Jul 19, 2020 - R 703.50
- "Good wishes to everyone at Witkoppen." - DRS
- Jul 18, 2020 - R 703.50
- "Keep up the good work" - Sue
- Jul 18, 2020 - R 703.50
- "Mandela Day" - Jennifer
- Jul 18, 2020 - R 70.35
- "Mandela day " - Calvin
- Jul 18, 2020 - R 200.00
- "I hope this help" - Jonathan Bloch
- Jul 17, 2020 - R 500.00
- "What a privilege it is to support your work. Best Sue" - Sue Peiser
- Jul 17, 2020 - R 210.00
- "Mandela Day" - Toro Human Capital
- Jul 17, 2020 - R 703.50
- "Stay safe x" - Anonymous
- Jul 15, 2020 - USD $ 29.82
- "Congrats to Jean and all the Witkoppen staff for the great work you do. Please stay safe and well." - Sallie Fraenkel Zuch
- Jul 15, 2020 - R 3 517.50
- "Thanks Witkoppen for all that you do" - Mike Moore
- Jul 14, 2020 - R 703.50
- "Keep up the good work Witkoppen - here's a little something to help you reach your Mandela Day target! " - Team Be-cause
- Jul 14, 2020 - R 703.50
- "Good luck with fund raising " - Teresa Moore
- Jul 14, 2020 - R 212.00
It’s wonderful to be able to help in some small way even during the lockdown." - Rita
- Jul 09, 2020 - R 70.35
- "Keep up the great work! :) " - Dagmar
Donations to dateR 78 920.67
Fundraising targetR 67 000.00
Funds raised offlineR 69 019.00 Donate
Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre
Witkoppen Health and Welfare Witkoppen Clinic is a comprehensive primary healthcare clinic with social welfare services situated in the far northern suburbs of Johannesburg and also providing community outreach services to informal settlements such as Diepsloot. It is a well-established NPO which started in 1946 and has specialized in responding to the multiple medical, social and psychological needs of these marginalized vulnerable populations. Our coverage is 1,4 million people who mostly live in overcrowded shacks of 4-6 people sharing 1 or maybe 2 rooms with no windows for ventilation with no running water, outside or communal latrines and no electricity. Unemployment exceeded 30% and would have worsened as a result of lockdown, food is scarce and the migrant population exceeds 35% as foreigners flock to the “city of gold” for employment opportunities.
At our clinic facility, Witkoppen offers acute, curative and chronic disease management services which include: antenatal services, post-natal care and immunization, family planning and well-women services, HIV and TB care and treatment, nutritional advice and supplementation, mental health services, dental services, poverty alleviation with food distribution, statutory crisis intervention to protect children and an in-house pharmacy. Our community-based interventions include an orphan and vulnerable children’s project and HIV counselling and testing and TB screening project. Our multidisciplinary team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, a dietician, pharmacists and counsellors. HIV counselling and testing services and TB symptom screening are routine within all medical service entry points. We directly impact the lives of more than 100 000 people annually.