“IT is the support of our community that enables our continued ability to provide the care that so many people need,” said Msunduzi Hospice fundraiser Tanya Roux, as the hospice celebrates 35 years of existence this year.
She said the organisation has always appreciated the support it receives from the community of Pietermaritzburg and outside.
“This 35th anniversary is our opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved and what challenges lie ahead of us. When this charity organisation was established 35 years ago, it was for people who were concerned about the care of those with cancer who set out to learn and equip themselves with the necessary skills.
“We are indebted to our founders and trust that we will continue to fulfil the vision they had. In this, our 35th year, we call on those who already support us as well as those who do not, to make Msunduzi Hospice their charity of choice in 2018.” she said.
She said that since the organisation was established it has been growing each and every year through good and hard times.
“We want to become a leading example of a well-managed and service- orientated charity.
“Our ultimate goal is to become self-reliant in as much of our fund raising as possible,” said Roux.
The founder of the modern hospice movement, Dane Cecily Saunders, said hospice will continue to provide palliative for those with cancer.
“This is the work of hospice and Msunduzi Hospice for the next 35 years. The need continues to exist for the services that we provide and we exist to meet this need of providing people in our community with access to pain control, symptoms management and a dignified death.
“Everything that we do, from fundraising, the publicity, etc. is all in support of this goal. We call on people to make this possible for the next 35 years. We care because you matter,” she said.