‘Adopt a bed’ - save a life

2017-06-13 06:03
Hact asks people to assist in its Adopt a Bed campaign.Photo: Supplied

Hact asks people to assist in its Adopt a Bed campaign.Photo: Supplied

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NESTLED in the heart of Hillcrest since 2006 is Othandweni  (place of love), also known as the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact) Respite Unit.

The 26-bed unit provides recovery, palliative and respite care to people with advanced stages of Aids.

Speaking to the Fever Claire Hodgkinson, marketing and fund-raising manager of Hact, said for many patients, the respite unit is a beacon of hope and represents a second chance at life.

“Over the past year, 223 patients have been admitted to our respite unit - 150 of these patients - 67% - have recovered to the point they have been able to return home to their families, while 73 patients - 33% - have passed away in a dignified environment surrounded by our loving and caring staff,” she said.

However, Hodgkinson said that due to the unit being open all year round, funding is an ongoing issue.

“We do not currently receive any governmental subsidies towards the running of our respite unit and are therefore completely reliant on donations to keep the doors to our unit open.

“While Hact is fortunate to have partnerships with several grant-making partners who donate towards our respite unit every year, there are always essential operating costs such as medicine, nursing staff and food that we struggle to cover from month to month.”

To sustain the unit, Hact has launched an Adopt-A-Bed Campaign.

This campaign can be undertaken as a company, a church or individual.
There is a monthly R6 000 per month or an annual donation of R72 000.

“Your monthly donations will go directly towards helping us provide the best care and treatment to our patients so that they have the very best chance of returning home to their families and leading full, healthy and productive lives.

“The costs associated with running each bed in our respite unit include patients­’ meals, medication, X-rays, blood tests and transport as well as the unit’s staffing costs, utility bills, property, medical equipment and security costs.”

To join, contact 031 765 5866 or email fundraising@hillaids.org.za



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