Trauma unit gets new centre manager

2015-12-23 06:00
Loraine Odendaal and Nokwanda at the Hope Market in Umhlanga. Photo: Supplied

Loraine Odendaal and Nokwanda at the Hope Market in Umhlanga. Photo: Supplied

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AMANZIMTOTI Trauma Unit (ATU) recently appointed Loraine Odendaal as centre manager. Odendaal has a passion to serve people, especially abuse victims. She has many years experience in administration and financial management in a corporate environment.

The organisation’s mission is to provide immediate trauma intervention at the point of crisis, free 24-hour support and encouragement to victims of crime and abuse and to assist the community by providing counselling to victims of crime and abuse (with referrals and networking with other services).

“It is my hope to accomplish our mission 100%,” Odendaal says.

She will also focus on raising awareness for ATU and its services.
“It seems like only a few people know who we are and what we do,” she said.

True to its vision to facilitate the physical, mental and emotional well-being of victims of trauma, crime and abuse, the organisation participated in the 16 Day of Activism campaign against abuse.

“The campaign lasts only 16 days, but abuse is a continuous issue and we deal with it 365 days a year.”
The organisation kicked off its campaign by creating awareness against domestic violence and abuse during an open day at Amanzimtoti Clinic on 25 November.

On 28 November the organisation joined the Hope Market in Umhlanga, networking with other non-profit organisations and creating awareness against abuse.

“On 2 November we attended training at Kingsburgh Child and Family Welfare to help us to assist our victims better. The course was extremely valuable,” Odendaal said.

ATU did an awareness presentation at the GJ Crooks Hospital Christmas party for rape victims on 4 December and also started a support group at the hospital, joining together with Operation Bobbi Bear.

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