Organisations unite to assist female patients at Dora Nginza

2016-10-19 06:00
Teagan Bencsics (left), a member of the World Race Campaign, with Mpumi Vantyi, a patient at the Dora Nginza Hospital. Photo: SUPPLIED

Teagan Bencsics (left), a member of the World Race Campaign, with Mpumi Vantyi, a patient at the Dora Nginza Hospital. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A GROUP of ladies from three different organisations gathered at the Dora Nginza Hospital on October 12 to personally hand out more than 50 handbags filled with all the necessities a female patient in recovery may need.

The recipients of the bags were women who are recovering from childbirth after having lost their babies and those who have had some kind of abdominal surgery.

The three organisations that joined up to make it happen are the Bags of Hope Campaign, the Love Story NPO and the World Race Campaign.

The Bags of Hope Campaign, founded by local mother Megan Beswick in May 2013, was launched by a group of women who wanted to reach out to other women from destitute and abusive backgrounds through the distribution of “gently worn, smart bags” filled with certain essential items.

The campaign has to date distributed hundreds of gift bags to women in the Port Elizabeth area, from ladies who live on the street to those who are currently in rehabilitation centres.

The second organisation, Love Story, is a non-profit organisation that seeks to meet the needs of the community through feeding schemes, clothing distribution and poverty alleviation.

They work hand-in-hand with Bags of Hope to distribute the gifts to women in need.

Every few months Love Story hosts a team of American female volunteers who are on the World Race Campaign, which is an 11-month mission trip around the world to 11 different countries.

PE is usually one of the favourite destinations of the team and the volunteers do anything and everything to assist the less-fortunate, from assisting with food preparation in the Love Story soup kitchens to visiting township crèches to interact with children.

For more info contact Elaine on 079 444 5666.

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