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30 September 2020 | Story Nitha Ramnath | Photo Supplied
SWSA represented by Mariné du Toit (left) and Lyshea Mapaike(right) at the handover of the funds raised

Sunflower Children’s Hospice, situated on the ground floor of the National District Hospital, is a non-profit organisation that provides care and compassion for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. As far as possible, the hospice aims to keep children within their families and communities, with relevant supervision and support.  However, the hospice is also a permanent residence to many children.

At Sunflower Children’s Hospice, children and their families are provided with:
• palliative care, including pain and symptom management;
• quality of life;
• relief of suffering;
• support for child and family/guardians;
• developmental stimulation;
• support during the bereavement period;
• dignity in death;
• community participation; and
• relevant training.

Due to limited funds, the hospice experiences many financial challenges, which motivated the Social Work Student Association (SWSA) to become involved. Their involvement led to the establishment of the ‘#Adoptaflower’ project by raising funds for the organisation and getting more Social Work students to spend time with the children, as they do not have enough caregivers at the house to give them the special personal attention that they need.  This project was spearheaded by Mariné du Toit, Portfolio Head: Community Upliftment of the SWSA. 

The fundraising initiative collected R1 300 from selling raffle tickets to the university community.  Due to COVID-19 and the lockdown period, it became impossible to proceed with the intention of the Social Work students to spend more time with the children.  

Besides Social Work students not being able to proceed with their intention of interacting more closely with the children concerned, the lockdown unfortunately also affected it negatively in other areas.  The hospice needs assistance with clothes, toiletries, and groceries. Sunflower House therefore needs funds and sponsors to continue providing services to so many children in need of care and support. For more information regarding public involvement, 051 448 3813 is the number to call. 

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Final year Ph D-student is the only speaker from Africa in Spain
2005-09-14

Ms Catrine Strauss, a final year Ph D-student from the Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology at the University of the Free State (UFS) is the only speaker from Africa that will present parts of her thesis later this month (28 September-2 October 2005) at the “24th International Specialized Symposium on Yeasts (ISSY 24)” in Valencia, Spain. 

Ms Strauss' investigation on substances that can control yeast clumping (flocculation) and the effect of the addition of aparine on it, has already been published in the foremost accredited specialised journals in the field. 

 

 

From left:
Prof Pieter van Wyk, head of  the UFS Centre for Confocal and Electron Microscopy; Ms Strauss and Prof Lodewyk Kock, lecturer at the UFS Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology.  Proff Kock (senior promotor) and Van Wyk (promotor) will accompany Ms Strauss to the symposium. 

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