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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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Grow our own Timber programme presented their research
2005-09-20

Fellows of the University of the Free State's (UFS) Grow our own Timber programme recently presented their research to the programme management, other fellows and guests. Seven (7) Ph D-students and nine (9) masters degree students took part in the presentation.

The Grow our own Timber programme is a programme of the UFS aimed at training young black graduates for a career at the university. The programme is supported by among others the Andrew Mellon Foundation Scholarship and the Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation.

 

 

Front from left: Ms Lucia Motseki (Ph D student in the Department of Human Nutrition), Dr Choice Makhetha (Vice-Dean: Student Affairs at the UFS and former Grow our own Timber fellow), Prof Letticia Moja (Dean: UFS Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the Grow our own Timber programme).

Back from left: Ms Christolene Saaiman (M student of the Department of Physiotherapy) and Ms Annette Prins (Deputy-Director of the Grow our own Timber programme).
 

 

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