Business breakfast gives support to hospice

2018-05-31 06:02
PHOTO: omega moagiMembers of the SCCI at the business breakfast (from left) Hilton O’Dwyer, Dick Deyser, Diane van Dyk (SC Hospice CEO), Johny Dewet and Vijay Naidoo.

PHOTO: omega moagiMembers of the SCCI at the business breakfast (from left) Hilton O’Dwyer, Dick Deyser, Diane van Dyk (SC Hospice CEO), Johny Dewet and Vijay Naidoo.

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THE South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) held their monthly business breakfast at the Deroches Hotel in Margate on Tuesday morning.

The main speaker at the event was CEO of South Coast Hospice Diane Van Dyk who unpacked the various programmes offered at the hospice and their pivotal role in communities.

Speaking at the event van Dyk said that the importance of palliative care was so extensive that the Department of Health has since added it as part of their national mandate for ‘cradle to the grave’ care.

“For most people, when you think of hospice, the idea that they have in mind is that dreary depressing dying stage in someone’s life. However, the fact of the matter is we are all going to die some day, however long it takes. As hospice, we provide a holistic approach to palliative care ensuring that the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients are met.

“This holistic care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team which includes nursing and medical staff, therapists, spiritual interventions, bereavement, support, family support, as well as volunteers who work alongside hospice staff to enhance the many aspects of hospice care,” said Van Dyk.

Moreover, as one of the three remaining hospices in the province with in-patient units, the South Coast Hospice has stood the test of time.

“In the early days of HIV/ Aids, before ARV’s, we used to visit patient homes and added to taking care of the patients we incorporated programmes that would assist the families of the patients and these often included school programmes as most of the children were left orphaned and traumatised by the effects of the disease,” said van Dyk adding that some of those programmes still persisted today.

Van Dyk said while the organisation was non-profit, it still could not run at a loss and was run on a R6 million budget. She said their five in-patient units were always filled to capacity, and the hospice had about 95 other home-based care patients apart from their external programmes in communities.

Van Dyk shared with excitement that from this year, Hospice South Africa was added as one of the beneficiaries of the Comrades Marathon for the next three years, an initiative she said would go to great lengths in raising awareness about the organisation.

Patrons and businesses could donate to the organisation through cash donations, the donation of resources, time and/ or skills or leave a donation to hospice in their will or estate.

The South Coast Hospice can be reached at 039 682 3031 or e-mail

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