Hospice receives land

2016-07-27 06:00
Photo: JYOTHI LALDAS Mayor Ricardo Mthembu hands over the title deed to hospice chairperson Krish Venketsamy.

Photo: JYOTHI LALDAS Mayor Ricardo Mthembu hands over the title deed to hospice chairperson Krish Venketsamy.

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IN-PATIENT palliative care will soon be a reality for the KwaDukuza community.

This comes after the Dolphin Coast Hospice Association officially received land to build their facility from the KwaDukuza Municipality on Thursday last week.

KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu together the with hospice chairperson Krish Venketsamy and board members participated in the sod turning to officially commence the project.

Speaking at the event, Mthembu said people should not be deprived because of their background.

“We have seen the work done by the Dolphin Coast Hospice and we are touched by the time and effort put in by the volunteers. It is also our duty as government to help where we can and we are here today to help.

“When you started this hospice I am sure you did not imagine you would be here today. But here we are planning to build a facility for the terminally ill patients of our town. Congratulations. I assure you our working relationship will continue.”

Venketsamy thanks the mayor and KwaDukuza Municipality for their assistance.

“I want to also congratulate our board for staying strong even when things got difficult. We have come up in leaps and bounds from using our own cars to transport patients to now being so close to our in-patient facility.”

A number of donations were received at the event, totaling R25 000 towards the facility. Donors included the Oudhram family (R1 000), Shantha Nair and Associates (R1 000), ANC regional branch (R5 000), ANC ward 16 branch (R2 000), deputy mayor Dolly Govender (R1 000), SV Naicker (R10 000) and Patrick Nair of Coastal Breakdown (R5 000).

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