Donation has lasting impact

2019-05-15 06:00
The Emelia Active Learning Centre for children with multiple disabilities has received a donation of essential healthcare products. At the handover are from the left, front: Nthabiseng Diratsagae (Ms Free State Disability and patron); back: Zandile Nhlapo (manager of the Association for the Physically Disabled), Eugene Gericke (general ma­nager of Alpha Pharm Free State), Cardine Nortje (Alpha Pharm) and Lebohang Saila (parent). Photo: Teboho Setena

The Emelia Active Learning Centre for children with multiple disabilities has received a donation of essential healthcare products. At the handover are from the left, front: Nthabiseng Diratsagae (Ms Free State Disability and patron); back: Zandile Nhlapo (manager of the Association for the Physically Disabled), Eugene Gericke (general ma­nager of Alpha Pharm Free State), Cardine Nortje (Alpha Pharm) and Lebohang Saila (parent). Photo: Teboho Setena

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The Emelia Active Learning Centre for children with multiple disabilities has received a donation of essentials healthcare products.

The much-needed donation, courtesy of a pharmaceutical wholesaler, was presented on Friday (10/05).

These items are deemed necessary to give support to the children to enable them to cope with the pressures of the world.

Currently the centre is home to 20 children.

Eugene Gericke, general manager of Alpha Pharm Free State, said the donation of the healthcare products was made possible through proceeds raised during Casual Day last year.

The Casual Day charity drive is held annually during September.

Gericke said the group’s 100 franchises in the province participated in the sale of Casual Day stickers.

“It is really an eye opener to see and realise the significance to support children and the conditions they are subjected to.

“It is a humbling experience, and it takes remarkable people like you at this centre to care and look so well after children with disabilities,” said Gericke.

He said the caring heart of the people at the centre has a lasting impact in changing the world to learn to embrace children with disabilities as part of the community.

“This is worth more than what salaries can buy,” said Gericke.

The centre is in Seven Days and falls under the Association for the Physically Disabled (APD) in the Free State.

It was founded in 2002 with the sole intention to provide a day-care service to children with multiple disabilities.

Zandile Nhlapo, provincial manager of the APD, said the centre is still in need of partnerships and expertise for the welfare of the children.

She said the University of the Free State was also assisting through the rendering of therapeutic and social services among others.

Nhlapo said the demand for services remain high due to the nature of the children.

“Donations cover medical expenses, surgical gloves, educational toys, cleaning material and nutritional food for the children.

“We are very appreciative for the donation received from the pharmaceutical wholesaler,” said Nhlapo.

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