Eezi tow­ing col­lect gifts for new moth­ers

The Rep - - COUNTRY WATCH - SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

Eezi tow­ing work­ers Fran­cois le Roux and Brad Cartwright’s cam­paign to col­lect baby clothes, toys and feed­ing bot­tles for new and needy moth­ers at the Fron­tier Hos­pi­tal ma­ter­nity ward has turned out to be a huge suc­cess.

The cam­paign, which is cur­rently in its sec­ond round, has had an in­creased num­ber of peo­ple do­nat­ing to the wor­thy cause.

Le Roux said fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions had also helped them buy toys and cloth­ing from lo­cal stores.

“We both have kids and my chil­dren were born in this hos­pi­tal. When my last child was born here, there was an­other mother in the same ward. Her baby had noth­ing.

“The baby came from the the­atre with a green blan­ket and that is all that the baby had.

“My wife and I de­cided to get that child some clothes and I went home to get some money. I bought the mother a starter kit that any mother would need for a new­born and we donated it to her. In this hos­pi­tal you will see guys drop­ping off a preg­nant woman and you will never see that guy again.”

Some women did not get vis­i­tors ei­ther, and Le Roux said they were thus in­spired to help th­ese women.

Cartwright, whose chil­dren were also born at Fron­tier, had a sim­i­lar story to tell.

“There was a woman in our ward who did not have bot­tles or dum­mies. My wife and I shared some of our things with her. We have seen it first-hand, we know what goes on here.”

The cam­paign keeps on grow­ing and this time, nap­pies, soap and ma­ter­nity pads were added to the wish list.

The men said they were thrilled with the sup­port by the Ko­mani com­mu­nity.

They now also in­tend to do a run in aid of the John Vorster Old Age Home in De­cem­ber.

“The res­i­dents told me they would love nice meals or snacks.”

He said many of the el­derly also did not get vis­i­tors.

Sis­ter Nomsa Vananda said they were happy with what the two men did be­cause there were women that were sent to them from dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals who did not have any clothes for the in­fants.

“We will keep the clothes to pre­pare for such oc­ca­sions. It is very sad be­cause some women get preg­nant with­out plan­ning for it, while some of them come from dif­fi­cult back­grounds and their fam­i­lies may not have the means to help them.”

Fron­tier CEO Sindiswa Ty­wabi was un­avail­able for com­ment at the time of go­ing to print. Should any­one wish to do­nate to­wards the John Vorster project, call 060-984-877 or 076-948-6631.

Pic­ture: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

HELP­ING NEW MOMS: Eezi Tow­ing em­ploy­ees Fran­cois le Roux, left, and Brad Cartwright, flank Fron­tier Hos­pi­tal sis­ter Nomsa Vananda with the do­na­tions to moms and their ba­bies

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