Global medics visit EC on donor drive

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DOC­TORS With­out Bor­ders or Médecins Sans Fron­tières (MSF) have ar­rived in East Lon­don and hope to sign up reg­u­lar donors to fund their emer­gency med­i­cal work.

For two weeks, the MSF fundrais­ing team have ven­tured into the Eastern Cape.

They paid a visit to Greenacres Shop­ping Cen­tre in Port El­iz­a­beth, where they were greeted with over­whelm­ing sup­port.

“We man­aged to sign up 130 new donors in just five days – mak­ing an av­er­age of 26 donors per day. We re­ally would like to thank Port El­iz­a­beth res­i­dents for their con­tin­ued sup­port and ded­i­ca­tion to our cause,” MSF South­ern Africa com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer An­gela Maka­mure said.

Here in East Lon­don, the MSF team will be at Vin­cent Park Shop­ping Cen­tre un­til Sun­day.

They will be in­ter­act­ing with shop­pers and rais­ing aware­ness on the work MSF does world­wide.

MSF is an in­de­pen­dent, in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tion that works to bring emer­gency med­i­cal care to peo­ple in con­flict ar­eas around the world. It also pro­vides as­sis­tance in times of cri­sis and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

Present in more than 65 coun­tries, MSF re­lies on the reg­u­lar gen­er­ous do­na­tions from in­di­vid­ual donors to sup­port its work.

“Our donors are the life-blood of our work and with­out them we can’t do much. As we come to East Lon­don, we would like to ask the com­mu­nity to come and sup­port us,” MSF fundrais­ing travel teams co-or­di­na­tor Kelly Bar­low said.

Last year, a to­tal of 80 100 mal­nour­ished chil­dren were treated, 132400 pa­tients liv­ing with HIV re­ceived an­tiretro­vi­ral (ARV) treat­ment and 92600 ma­jor sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tions were per­formed.

In South Africa, MSF also runs two HIV and TB projects in Eshowe (KwaZulu-Natal) and Khayelit­sha (West­ern Cape) as well as a project of­fer­ing com­pre­hen­sive care and treat­ment to sur­vivors of sex­ual vi­o­lence in Rusten­burg (North West).

“The funds we re­ceive are very very im­por­tant for our work,” Maka­mure said.

“The funds go di­rectly to our op­er­a­tions in the field, pro­vid­ing health care to all those in need of it.”

To sup­port MSF’s vi­tal work you can visit Vin­cent Park Cen­tre this week­end and find out more from the fundrais­ing team.

Al­ter­na­tively, visit­nate or SMS “JOIN” to 41486 to do­nate R15 per month.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

SEEK­ING SUP­PORT: For two weeks, the Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders – or Médecins Sans Fron­tierès – fundrais­ing team have ven­tured into the Eastern Cape and are now in East Lon­don hop­ing to at­tract reg­u­lar donors. Pic­tured are MSF mem­bers Vuyo Gazi, Xolane Nkosi, Greg Hine, team leader Moy­agabo Mot­shekga and Thandeka Mbadi

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