PMB Community Chest receives R3 mln donation

2010-04-27 00:00

THE Community Chest yesterday received a donation of R3 million from the Pietermaritzburg branch of the Natal Anti-tuberculosis Association (Natba).

The Community Chest is to invest the money, and the annual interest will be used to continue Natba’s campaign to create awareness of TB, identifying victims, referring them for treatment and providing support for patients and their families.

At the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the two parties yesterday, Natba chairman Allan Wilkinson said his committee had done its homework in deciding to donate funds to the Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest, because it is an organisation that “can do the job of fighting TB better than we could”.

Community Chest chairperson Dem Kambouris said the stage has been set for “a rewarding and beneficial long-term arrangement”.

Natba Pietermaritzburg formed the central management committee of the Doris Goodwin Hospital until 2005, when the provincial Health Department took over the running of the hospital and four other TB centres in KwaZulu-Natal.

The change in management prompted a change of focus in the activities of Natba and a loss of capacity, which ultimately persuaded the association to make the donation.

The Community Chest has recently committed itself to the distribution and management of donor funds targeted at specific projects.

Community Chest executive director Aroo Naidoo said the donation will require greater emphasis by his organisation on achieving targets and measurable outcomes. He added that the timing of the donation is apt, as the Pietermaritzburg & District Community Chest celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 

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