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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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‘Oupa’ rocks the Varsity Cup
2013-04-15

 

Shimlas captain, Teboho ‘Oupa’ Mohoje, was announced as 2013 Varsity Cup player of the tournament.
Photo: Varsity Cup
10 April 2013

After a remarkable season, Shimlas’ captain Oupa Mohoje walked away as the 2013 Player That Rocks, which is the Varsity Cup equivalent of a player of the tournament award. Mohoje’s performances were widely lauded during the 2013 season during which he was also the Shimlas’ top try scorer.

The inspirational captain’s performances have even caught the eye of people higher up in the South African rugby scene. His consistent, powerful performances throughout the 2013 season have been rewarded by Oupa earning a Vodacom Cheetah’s contract.

There was even more good news for University of the Free State (UFS) rugby supporters. Steinhoff Vishuis won their third overall and second consecutive title, after winning the 2013 Varsity Cup Residence competition.

Vishuis beat the team of Steinhoff Villagers from NWU-Pukke by 20 points to 16 in the final that was played in Stellenbosch on Monday 8 April 2013.

Previous titles seemingly gave Vishuis the edge as they managed to overturn a 16 points to 10 deficit with only 20 minutes left to play.


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