2012 Zamimpilo Children’s Day

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Durban, 14 January 2012 – It was an ordinary day in Umbumbulu Kwa-Zulu Natal, but one marked by a spirit of giving and happiness that permeated among many children at Egcewu High School, Powerscot in Umbumbulu. For this was yet another Christmas day for the orphaned children who had gathered to receive gifts from several donors – facilitated by the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation and received by the local St. Phillips Anglican Church. And so they did accept the much needed clothing items, blankets, toys and cash donations amounting to over R213,000
According to First Lady, Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma, the event was subsequent to one held in May last year where the Foundation, which she established, handed over school jerseys, shoes, socks, bags and hats and cash totalling R260 000 to Umlazi township’s Saphinda Combined Primary School. The items had been donated by the Southern African Chinese Women’s Association and Mr Robin Xu owner of China Mall in Roodepoort and China Shopping Centre in Durban.
“I took the initiative to mobilise support we delivered to both Saphinda school and today to the church because I strongly believe that every child deserves a quality education, and should be able to receive such education in an enabling environment,” said Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma, the patron of the Foundation. “No child should have to go to school on an empty stomach or travel barefoot and without warm clothes. In the same way, the vulnerable adults need to be taken care of. We all have a responsibility to ensure that we do what we can to help the needy, especially when we have the opportunity to influence those with resources.”
“As the Southern African Chinese Women’s Association (SACWA), we are always happy to be of help and making a positive difference in underprivileged communities, and we believe that supporting children and the needy adult communities is a good investment into the future,” said Ms. AiZhu Zhou of SACWA.
“Today was a great day for us as we continue our work of bringing hope to those in need, particularly the 400 orphaned children who received support in the form of clothing, blankets and toys,” said Reverend Thami Shange of St. Phillips Anglican Church. “As a community centred institution, we are grateful to the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation and all the support we have received from the organisations that heeded the call.”
The Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation(BNZ) aims to raise awareness, educate, support and help people take control of diabetes, as well as promote rural development and education. There are approximately 6.5 million South Africans living with diabetes which together with its complications rank as the third leading cause of deaths among South Africans. Close to 270 million people worldwide live with diabetes. Diabetes, as with all diseases, will only be effectively addressed when issues of awareness, education, nutrition, and basic necessities such as clean water are integral to the solution to building a healthy nation.
An important part of the day’s programme was creating awareness and testing for HIV and Aids, diabetes, Blood Pressure and hypertension illness, so those who need urgent care and treatment were referred to relevant clinics. “The journey to take control of your health starts with knowing your status and doing something to keep healthy. The prosperous future of our nation critically depends on nurturing a healthy nation,” said Madam

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