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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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Incidents of intimidation on the UFS Main Campus
2008-03-05

There have been a few incidents of intimidation this morning (4 March 2008) on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein.

At least 28 students were arrested. These students’ actions were in contravention of the court interdict that is in force on the Main Campus and that applies to all students of the UFS who are registered at the Main Campus for 2008.

The management of the UFS condemns these attacks on students and staff and the perpetrators will be dealt with.

The university management also decided today to appoint extra security guards across the campus with immediate effect. This includes the test and lecture halls.

Enquiries can also be directed to:

Lacea Loader                                                 Mangaliso Radebe
Tel: 051 401 2584                                          Tel: 051 401 2828
Cell: 083 645 2454                                        Cell: 078 460 3320
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za                          E-mail: radebemt.stg@ufs.ac.za    

Media Release
Issued by: Mr Anton Fisher
Director: Strategic Communication
Tel: 051 401 3422
Cell: 072 207 8334
E-mail: fishera.stg@ufs.ac.za  
4 March 2008

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