EC Rising Sun and Nestle donate Winter hampers worth R6,000
By Rising Sun Reporter
The Qongqo hospice in Berlin received much-needed winter hampers worth R6 000 from Nestle and the Eastern Cape Rising Sun.
The unfunded hospice established in 2006, gives healthcare and dignity to 61 patients without electricity and resources for laundry.
Founder Dr Mbulelo Qongqo, a traditional healer and General Manager Nonyameko Manzi, has been running the organisation for old age pensioners from hand to mouth.
For meals and lights, they use a generator in the evenings only. They do not have a fridge for stock up on their monthly basic needs. There is a huge shortage of medical mattresses and blankets, especially around winter.
“Our patients are always short of medication and with the Covid 19 pandemic, we would have loved to stock up on supplements, but they are expensive. Some of the patients receive SASSA grants which assist us to afford them some basic needs,” said Manzi.
Staff salaries are paid by Qongqo’s pocket as the hospice has never been fortunate enough to receive any government grant of notable donation since it registered in 2010.
“I started this hospice for the health and lifestyle improvement of the elderly and those that need medical assistance in impoverished communities around here. We would appreciate assistance from communities especially during this pandemic and winter season,” said Dr Qongqo. "I would like to thank Reshana of Eastern Cape Rising Sun and Nestle for this kind gesture," concluded Dr Qongqo.