PROJECT Sparkle, a Nelson Mandela Bay community group,has invited every single person in the Bay to join forces with them on Mandela Day to help improve public health services. This follows the inspiring restoration of outpatient clinics at Provincial Hospital.
One of the Sparkle on Mandela Day project leaders, Trevor Jennings, said they hoped to get residents to spend 60 minutes involved in a project to improve the state of public health in the Bay, and the rest of the time – seven minutes – focusing on their own health.
“Sparkle on Mandela Day is an initiative to encourage all the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay to work together on a common theme on Mandela Day on July 18,”Jennings said. Founding member Schalk Fourie said: “Project Sparkle is a group of like-minded citizens who care about the status of public health in Nelson Mandela Bay.”
Project Sparkle was initiated last year with Fourie and Alan Barr at the helm. Several volunteers joined the project to restore the outpatient clinics at Provincial Hospital. Jennings said the Just1HR Campaign was also excited to join the Sparkle on Mandela Day campaign. The Just1HR Campaign was launched last year to get people to invest an hour of their time a month to community work in the city.
Jennings said everybody was encouraged to get involved in any of the 12 activities planned for the day:
- Encouraging and spoiling staff in the public health sector through letters of thanks and small gifts;
- Getting involved with staff, patients and projects at one of the of 54 clinics in Nelson Mandela Bay;
- Assisting with health education programmes at schools;
- Donating first aid kits to schools;
- Assisting with the health needs of the elderly at old age homes;
- Assisting NGOs in the health sector with their specific needs;
- Assisting with the health needs of children in children’s homes;
- Visiting the sick in hospital;
- Donating baby clothes and nap- pies for newborns;
- A special call to health professionals to donate their time and get involved in special education projects about the public health system and how it works; and
- Using your hour to sign up as a volunteer for organisations that work in the public health systems.
- The day will also see the launch of a the “Giving Life” project encouraging Nelson Mandela Bay residents to become organ donors, to use their hour to donate blood and to join a project to sign-up as a bone marrow donor,
Courtesy of Estelle Ellis ( E.P Herald )