Toy Story thrills paediatric-ward children

2016-12-07 06:02
PHOTO: cassandra judd  Busisiwe Zuma with her toy.

PHOTO: cassandra judd Busisiwe Zuma with her toy.

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LAST week East Coast Radio with Game Toy Story volunteers walked into a paediatric ward at Grey’s Hospital and met excited children hoping to receive toys from the campaign.

Now in its 16th year, with Game on board for the past six years, the campaign’s goal is to bring happiness to every child in a government hospital, children’s home and crèche in KZN through the donation of toys. Last year 101 000 toys were distributed.

Every community in the province is called on to contribute to this initiate and many KZN schools and businesses put new toys into the Toy Story boxes. These are then sent in to East Coast Radio for sorting and distribution.

Speaking to nursing sisters in the Grey’s E1 pediatric ward last Wednesday, the general consensus was that events such as these always bring a lot of anticipation and joy to the wards for everyone.

Nursing staff feel days like these should happen all the time, not just once a year.

Sister Gounder, who retired on 30 November, after 31 years of nursing, the last 19 of which had been in the E1 paediatric ward, said she will miss the many children she has nursed over the years and is happy to have her last day spent capturing the happy smiles of the children in her heart as they received their Toy Story gifts.

The children eagerly awaited their gifts sat up in their bed to play and cuddle their new doll or teddy bear.

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