Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation and Southern African Chinese Women’s Association make much-needed donation to mark Child Protection Week. The children in the paediatric oncology unit at Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital received a surprise visitfrom the First Lady, Dr Bongi Ngema-Zuma, on Sunday afternoon. She was there to personally deliver much-needed supplies and equipment that had been purchased with donations to the value of R100 000.00 raised by the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation to mark Child Protection Week.
“Protecting the health of our children is a vital aspect of protecting their wellbeing as a whole,” said Dr Ngema-Zuma, “and we were inspired to make a donation to this unit in particular after an event that struck very close to home. The child of one of the foundation’s ambassadors Mr Thulani Mncube’s son is a cancer survivor and was treated for leukaemia here. So this is a small way of saying ‘thank you’ for the extraordinary work that is being done here every day.”
Partnering with the Africa Chinese Women’s Association, the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation donated the following items to the unit:
• Linen and blankets for 64 cots and beds;
• 20 stethoscopes;
• A computer and a printer;
• A wheelchair;
• Educational toys;
• Emergency lights;
• Emergency torches; and
“Every child deserves quality health care in a caring and enabling environment,” said Dr Ngema-Zuma, who believes that we all have an obligation to help those in need of assistance. “Protecting and investing in our children is not only the right thing to do, it is a strategic investment in our future.”
The Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation, which was established by the First Lady in memory of her late mother, is an NPO that focuses on mitigating the impact of diabetes in South Africa. The foundation also supports general healthcare initiatives in vulnerable communities. Much of its work is aimed at educating women and children in particular, and at donating resources in areas where they are most needed.
“Many of the children in the Bara oncology and haematology unit come from disadvantaged homes and, due to their condition, have the added burden of not being able to experience a happy childhood,” said Dr Ngema-Zuma. “It’s therefore my hope that this donation will lighten the load a little for them, their families, and the dedicated people who’re caring for them.”
Dr Ngema-Zuma also took the opportunity to thank the President of the Africa Chinese Women’s Association Ms Anita Zhu, for their on-going charitable contributions, as well as Vuwani Medical Supplies for the wheelchair and stethoscope donations.
“Working quietly and behind-the-scenes, the association is always ready to help those most in need, especially as the cold winter months begin to bite. We applaud and thank the hard-working women in the association for all of their efforts.”
“The prosperous future of our nation depends on nurturing a healthy society. Every effort and every contribution moves us closer to this goal.”