Colours of Hope celebrates Mandela Day with the staff and patients of Hillbrow CHC !
“There’s a party ‘round the corner… would you please please come… bring a bag of love to share … Yay! it’s going to be fun!!”
A week later … and we’re back at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, awaiting our dose of love yet again!
Colours of Hope Youth Group’s very first initiative was a special one indeed!
We jumped at the opportunity to assist the Brave Bag Foundation in creating and distributing goody bags for children with cancer.
These children do not have the opportunities as we do. Their world is confined to a bed in a hospital room, braving the effects of their illness. Thus, we zealously welcomed this wonderful project.
With the assistance and generosity of our sponsors, we had packed 100 bags, each filled with a hand sanitizer, notebook, colouring book, colouring pencils, face cloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, a pack of cheese curls, biscuits and a bandanna.
In recognition of Cancer week, founder of Brave Bag Foundation, Tasneem Docrat and our team met at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Parktown on 16 October 2019.
The sisters from the Paediatric Oncology Departments, Sellina Sibanyoni and Operational Manager Ronel Venter, kindly showed us around the wards and related the emotional trauma these children battle.
40 to 60 children visit the hospital daily for treatment. On Fridays, however, these numbers reduce to approximately 20 children.
It is an equally difficult journey for the nurses too. They try their best to put show a brave face but suffer the emotional burden.
We met patients who wearily travelled weekly for treatment. Some leaving at 3am from their homes, to sit in long queues, waiting to be tended to… yet we drew courage from their smiling faces as they expressed immense joy when receiving their gifts.
We were honoured to hand out the care packages to these resilient children who, upon receiving them were deeply grateful and continuously thanked us.
Teary moments for our team, to witness how appreciative these children were to receive our humble gifts.
For our youth team, it was an eye opening experience to see children, as young as 8 months old, dealing with life changing challenges.
LESSON LEARNED TODAY – value health, value simple bounties, notice small miracles, be the reason someone smiles and no matter what the condition… never stop hoping and praying for the best!
‘ Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind , it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul ‘ – Jim Valvano
A little start with a lot of heart
All praises to the Almighty for granting us another day to share the joy with mums of the Tambo Memorial Hospital.
50 bags (courtesy of Mini Miracles) were donated and additional items were donated by Colours of Hope and Benoni Ladies Forum.
We were met by nurse Mpumi Mayisela (Mary Moodley Clinic, Actonville) who in conjunction with with Sister Aisha Sayed (Benoni Ladies Forum) facilitated our distribution.
The mums were overjoyed and thankful.
Sister Jabulile “Pinky” Moya OPS Nursing Manager also expressed gratitude on behalf of Tambo Memorial Labour ward.
Women uplifting one another and uniting with a single aim portrays the true strength of sisterhood.
Indeed, UNITY is the cornerstone of attaining successful objectives.
Colours of Hope usually spends Mandela Day at two venues, one of them being Thuthuzela Orphanage in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Habiba Ahmed Salloo of Colours of Hope coordinates visits to Thuthuzela Centre. Take a couple minutes to read her post below about “Mama Lizzy Monyela”, founder of the Thuthuzela Aid Centre.
Mama Lizzy runs the orphanage, taking care of abandoned children daily. She also runs a day care center as a means of sustaining these children. She is passionate about what she does and explained to us the reason behind her passion.
Apart from losing her only grandson who was aged 13, in a car accident some years ago, Lizzy had also lost her son, Julius, many years ago. Lost, as in, she’s not sure whether her son is alive or not after all these years. Julius was born with Downs Syndrome.
One day, he just wandered off and was never seen again. She looked everywhere for him and even reported him missing, but he was never found.
Lizzy’s son was the inspiration behind the establishment of Thuthuzela Aid Centre. “Each day I take care of these abandoned children, I have the hope that just as I am looking after these children, someone, somewhere, is looking after my son”. Since 2005, she has faced many challenges keeping the home operational but she never loses hope and tries to accommodate the children in her care.
Colours of Hope distributed 60 lunchboxes sponsored by Tupperware South Africa, made possible by Rashida Afindy. The lunch boxes were filled with snacks, potato chips, a juice and a small packet of Coco Pops cereal to munch on. Kudos to Mama Lizzy Monyela. Find your passion through your pain. Make a difference
H Ahmed Salloo
Colours of Hope distributed 81 baby hampers at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital on Thursday, 27 June 2019. Each hamper contained toiletries, clothing items, and included maternity pads for the mothers. Colours of Hope also handed out clothing packs, each one containing a baby vest and outfit, labeled with the age and gender of the baby, as well as the season.
We were met by the friendly Ms. Khululeko Petunia Sambo, Mr. William Lenyanyabedi (photographer), and Sister Sephodiwe, who accompanied us throughout the wards. They eagerly helped with the distribution and expressed their gratitude that Colours of Hope continues to donate annually to the moms and babies of their hospital.
The Colours of Hope Youth team also eagerly awaited their visit to the innocent and pure little souls that the hospital terms as ”abandoned babies”: babies who are left at the hospital after birth, awaiting adoption. There is an estimated 3 000 babies abandoned in South Africa each year. Colours of Hope continues to donate to as many as we can reach. Please spare an item of clothing for a little one.
We’d like to thank all our donors and volunteers for their valuable donations and efforts. Without you, this would not be possible.
For more information about the COH Baby Run or if you’d like to contribute to this project, view the project on our website, coloursofhope.org.za/baby-project-2017/