Public thanked for reacting to mother’s plea

2016-03-10 06:00
<Uitenhage Lions Club members (back from left), Freddie Erasmus, Denis Murphy, Bokkie Oberholzer (Lions District Governor of Lion District 410D), Christo van Eyk (back). In front are Yolandi Shaw (St Georges Life Hospital) Heindrich and Jacques Olivier and Rudi Delport (St Georges Life Hospital).             Photo: MORNé DU RANDT

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The Uitenhage Lions Club wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to Life St George’s Hospital and the public for their immediate response regarding the UD News article “a mother’s plea for two hospital beds”.

Zenobia Olivier, the mother of twin boys Jacques and Heindrich (aged 24 years) both with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, appealed for two adjustable hospital beds. The beds needed to be able to move up and down to assist the parents when it comes to bathing and changing the boys.

They were born premature at 27 weeks and because of a shortage of oxygen suffered brain damage at birth.

Lion President Juan Hay said, “A recipe for happiness is to relieve suffering rather than think only of your own suffering and we all really live when we live to give to others.”

St George’s Hospital, a member of Life Healthcare donated two hospital beds and even assisted with the moving of the beds into the residence. The UD community contributed cash donations that were used to purchase both feeding equipment and nutritional food for the twins.

“The Olivier family are on cloud nine and Zenobia in particular is such a happy and thankful lady,” said Lion Denis Murphy.

The donations were in response to an article published in the UD News of 25th February 2016.

Lion President Juan Hay extended an invitation to the community for donations of wheelchairs, commodes and walkers which in turn will be given to those in need in our community at no cost.

Any family who still has any of the equipment and no longer uses it is requested to contact either of the Lion members mentioned below for collection purposes.

  • To this effect the community can contact Lion Robbie Effting of Despatch on 072 217 4798 or Lion Denis Murphy of Uitenhage on 083 651 7870. They will arrange for the picking up and transport of any donations.

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