Better Together Network meet

2016-06-01 06:00
Photo: tania sandberg Members of non profit organisations joined the Better Together Network which hosted it’s second meeting recently. In front: Shanno Enoch (L) Africa Cares, Captain Charlene van der Spuy (SAPS), Neil McDonald (Khanya Hospice) and Lorainne Odendaal (Amanzimtoti Trauma Unit). At the back: Chris Skinner (L) Rotary, Iris Canham (Mother of Peace), Aneska Du Pont (Rotary), Mariette van Heerden (Solidariteit Helpende Hand) and Jane Wright (Choices for Life).

Photo: tania sandberg Members of non profit organisations joined the Better Together Network which hosted it’s second meeting recently. In front: Shanno Enoch (L) Africa Cares, Captain Charlene van der Spuy (SAPS), Neil McDonald (Khanya Hospice) and Lorainne Odendaal (Amanzimtoti Trauma Unit). At the back: Chris Skinner (L) Rotary, Iris Canham (Mother of Peace), Aneska Du Pont (Rotary), Mariette van Heerden (Solidariteit Helpende Hand) and Jane Wright (Choices for Life).

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THE Better Together Network hosted its second monthly meeting on 18 May at Khanya­ Hospice in Umkomaas. The network consists of non-profit organisations in the surrounding areas of Amanzimtoti, the aim for each NGO is to talk about the work they do, thus creating an awareness of what resources are available and working together for the greater good of the community.

Khanya Hospice CEO, Neil McDonald opened the meeting with a word of encouragement from the Bible asking members to be warriors instead of “worriers”. Quoting Matthew 6:27 - Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.”

McDonald said: “Worry may damage your health, disrupt your productivity, negatively affect the way you treat others and reduce your ability to trust in God. He noted that there is a difference between worry and genuine concern – worry immobilises, but concern moves you to action.”

Hospice focuses on providing support and medical assistance to the terminally ill and their families, with health care workers visiting patients at their homes. The organisation is in the throes of starting a health care facility and needs donations in the form of goods-in-kind (anything a hospital might need) as well as skills (architects and builders to donate time and services) and monetary assistance.

Africa Cares convenes the Better Together Network.

Africa Cares is a macro resource and support organisation to 56 pregnancy help centres across South Africa through consulting, advocacy, resource development and supply, training and spiritual support. The organisation also engages in other training and is looking for opportunities to equip employees of corporate organisations in personal and leadership development,” said Shanno Enoch, operations director for Africa Cares for Life.

Jane Wright represented Choices for Life which offers sexual health programmes and pregnancy crisis and related counselling to schools and campuses. Other organisations represented at the network included Amanzim- toti SAPS, Mother of Peace, Rotary and Solidariteit Helpende Hand.

If you are an NGO and would like to be a part of the network, join them at their next meeting. The venue is the Amanzimtoti SAPS boardroom at the SAPS offices in Adams Road on 15 June at 10am.

For further information, contact Enoch, on 031 903 2340 during office hours, Monday – Friday 8am to 1pm or emailshanno@africacaresforlife. org.za

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