Call to help kids and their families

2015-10-13 06:00

The Rondebosch Community Improvement District (RCID) is calling on the residents of Rondebosch and the surrounding area to open their hearts and help with donations for sick children and their families.

The donations collected, which can include peanut butter, jam, coffee, sugar, long-life milk, tea, as well as toothbrushes, facecloths, soap, toys, story books, tampons and deodorant, will be given to the Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association (Focha). In turn, they will distribute it to the children and their parents who use the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

The hospital has recently upgraded and expanded its accommodation so that families of patients from outside Cape Town can stay while their children are being treated. Besides the 120 family members staying in this unit, there are usually 60 parents who sleep on a chair beside their child’s hospital bed.

Shirley Aldum, manager of the RCID, says these families have often rushed to the hospital without any clothes or toiletries and do not have the resources to buy them.

“Focha provides breakfast and supper for these families out of donations, and lunch is sponsored by the Mustafin Organisation. There are times when there is not enough food for breakfast and supper. Although the upgraded and expanded parents’ accommodation has beautiful kitchen facilities, the pantry is bare, hence the donations will go a long way in helping these families.

“Let’s take this opportunity to support these families sitting anxiously by their children’s bedsides by providing them with food for an evening meal and toiletries for their hospital stay. Let us come together and stock their pantry,” she says.

Donations can be dropped off over the course of the week and every first week of the month at the RCID office at the Riverton Road gate on the Bishops campus. The items will be delivered to the hospital where the Focha team will distribute them as needed.


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