MSF fundraising at Inkwazi Mall

2012-10-09 00:00

GLOBAL non-profit medical and humanitarian outreach organisation Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will launch a week-long fundraising and awareness campaign at the Boardwalk/Inkwazi Mall from today until Saturday, October 13.

Known as Doctors Without Borders in Anglophone countries, the organisation is on a provincial drive to increase its brand awareness and to look for new donors. The visit will include a free screening of a documentary outlining the work MSF does in places including Eshowe.

MSF South Africa media liaison Brett Sandler said that the organisation is currently touring KwaZulu-Natal’s major centres.

“We have just finished a successful visit to Pietermaritzburg. The residents helped us exceed our expectations of what we thought we could raise.

“We will also host a screening of an acclaimed documentary at Canefields Country House, where MSF staff will be on hand to facilitate discussions afterwards,” said Sandler.

The provincial tour, the first of its kind driven by MSF South Africa, will see the fundraising team continue to Richards Bay and Margate, stopping at major centres in between, including Amanzimtoti, Umhlanga and Durban.

MSF South Africa said it launched the initiative because the people they serve in 68 countries — including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia — face “disasters and conflicts which go largely underreported in the South African media”.

“MSF field teams are able to provide free, independent, impartial and neutral medical assistance to people caught in crises around the world.

“Potential donors will be asked to donate on a monthly basis to help us continue this work.

“All our medical staff are volunteers and are only paid a stipend, and their living costs are looked after by MSF,” added Sandler.

The documentary, MSF (Un )Limited, examines the dilemmas inherent in providing independent and impartial medical care and the problems faced by MSF fieldworkers. It also explores key moments in MSF interventions during the last 30 years.

To attend the screening, reserve a seat by calling

079 397 2523. The documentary starts at 6.30 pm for 7 pm at Canefields Country House, north of Empangeni on the R102.

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