Giving courage

2009-10-10 14:41

FORMER Bafana Bafana captain and “Voice for Hospice” Lucas “Rhoo”

Radebe visited the Diepkloof Hospice today in commemoration of World Hospice and

Palliative Care Day.

Radebe spent the afternoon visiting wards and talking to patients

at the hospice in order to raise more awareness about the care available for

people living with life-threatening diseases.

This was also a special visit for Radebe because tomorrow marks a

year since his wife Feziwe Faith Radebe died from bowel cancer.

Both old and young patients were thrilled to see this soccer star

come to encourage them.

“I am much better and stronger now...problem is the feet. I will

exercise with you...yes, come fetch me,” laughs Ntombifuthi Mdladla a

patient.

Radebe says the Diepkloof and Houghton hospice played a very

important role in helping his wife and later father get comfortable in their

last days on earth.

Radede spent a few minutes alone in the ward his father died in.

“It was very tough and emotional...this was a ‘home away from home’

for my dad in his last days,” he says.

“This makes me look at life from a different perspective...it adds

more value to life,” says Radebe.

He says the death of his wife was also hard on his two children

Lucas Hugo (10) and Owami (5), but counselling services provided by the hospice

patients’families really helped.

he says he too gets informal counselling from time to time when he

feels he needs it.

Radebe encourages more sporting organisations and businesses to be

more supportive in raising awareness about hospices.


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