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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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UFS trains 122 teachers in the Free State
2008-02-27

 

Altogether 122 tearchers from the Department of Education in the Free State recently registered for the Advanced Certificate in Mathematics, Science and Technology which is presented by the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Research Institute for Education Planning (RIEP). The project is sponsored by the national and Free State Departments of Education. The duration of the programme is two years and contact sessions are presented in Bloemfontein and Kroonstad. Here are, from the left: Mr Haroon Mahomed (Director of Education Development, national Department of Education), Ms Sarina Cronjé (Project Administrator at RIEP), Prof. Jack van der Linde (Director of RIEP), Ms Sandra Plekker (Project Manager at RIEP); Mr Jerry Zitha (Project Manager, national Department of Education), Mr Donovan Cornellisen (Learning Area Co-ordinator for Technology, Free State Department of Education), and Mr Tsoai Tsoai (Learning Area Co-ordinator for Mathematics, Free State Department of Education). The tender for similar training in the Northern Cape and North West provinces was also awarded to RIEP.
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