Give a gift to new-born babies in need

2015-07-15 06:00
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A GROUP of concerned local administrators are raising funds to help impoverished mothers and babies to warm up this winter by ‘Giving Gifts to New Born Babies’.

Retired social worker, Desire Goodwin, and six administrators plan, organise, market and raise funds for their organisation Giving Gifts to Newborn Babies.

The group supports 250 mothers and babies a month in the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage areas. The women also knit, crochet and donate clothing and toiletries. “We are immensely appreciative of every donation received from these kindhearted woman,” Iris Goeda from Giving Gifts to Newborn Babies said.

The group was started by Goodwin in November last year. “The project started when Desire visited one of the local state maternity clinics and realised the dire need to reach out to moms and newborn babies in the form of love gifts. Gift packs are made up of clothing, toiletries and sometimes a blanket and a soft toy depending on availability of donated items on hand,” Goeda said.

Goeda said gift packs were provided directly to the mom at the clinics during the time the group visited the facility and gift packs were also handed to the nursing staff at the local clinics, which include, Central, Motherwell, West End, Kwazakale, Provincial Uitenhage and Laticia Bam, to assist moms and their babies as the need arose.

Goeda said the project operated exclusively on donations in any form from the broader public. “We therefore kindly ask that the public support us with our fundraiser, which takes the form of a luncheon,” she said.

The fundraiser will be held on July 18, at Old Grey Club, in celebration of Mandela Day, with Sunday lunch and dessert served on the menu. Prices are R100 for adults and R25 for children.

The audience will be entertained with music, belly dancing and ballet dancing.

“Our target is to sell at least 150 tickets but to date we have only sold 60 tickets and appeal to the generous public to please support this fundraiser. We are running a “67 BLANKET” competition where our goal is to collect 67 handmade blankets, which we will hand out to newborn babies and the local clinics with 67 gift packs,” Goeda said.

For more information, contact Desire Goodwin on 082 879 8960 or desiregoodwin@hotmail.com or Caty Pieterse on 0846167001

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