The Fountain Private Hospital and Africa Health Care Nursing College came together on Nelson Mandela day to support home-based care centres in Carletonville. The staff joined forces to assist the organisations by donating clothes, tin food, cleaning material, and sanitary ware. Home-based care centres rely solely on donations to render services to the terminally ill. Sometimes, these patients have no means to live on, and the children have no clothes to wear or food to eat. The sick patients also need food for nourishment and healing. This institution also takes care of children in need. Upon arrival, the staff at home-based care centre were cleaning so we took it upon ourselves to lend a helping hand and assisted with the cleaning of windows and floors. We also helped with washing the dishes, in preparation for mealtime so that when the children arrive home from school, they are welcomed into a friendly, clutter-free environment with a warm, nutritious meal that will be awaiting them.
The employees at the home-based care centres were supportive of our gestures, and we were very proud of and grateful to them for including us in their daily efforts of looking after the children in these underprivileged communities.
The Fountain Hospital and Africa Health Care Nursing College would like to commend our staff and students for their selfless contribution, which I am sure has had a meaningful impact at these facilities. “It was a really humbling experience to give some time back to such a worthy cause,” said Mrs Yolanda Ndima, a tutor at AHC Nursing College.
Mrs Evelyn Nkhumane, principal of the nursing college, explained that visits and donations are part of a programme that Africa Health Care initiated in 2014, “We said our visit to the home-based care centres in Carletonville would not be a once-off affair and included the Khutsong facility in our Mandela Day programme.”
Community service in a fun filled atmosphere was the order of the day, new friends and memories were made. A team approach was evident as everyone worked together to meet the target.
Positive change was the gift left to all of us by Nelson Mandela, but it can only become a living legacy if we take up his challenge. We all emulate the servant leader we loved by becoming servant leaders ourselves – Madiba change-makers.