Frere OT fundraiser every­one’s cup of tea

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To pro­mote aware­ness for oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy (OT) and dis­abil­i­ties, the Frere Hos­pi­tal OT team held a high tea fundraiser at the John Trem­ble Hos­pi­tal last Satur­day.

A to­tal of R8,800 was raised from the event, which was then do­nated to RE­HAB, an as­so­ci­a­tion that fo­cuses on in­te­grat­ing dis­abled peo­ple back into the com­mu­nity.

OT head of depart­ment (HOD) Anasta­cia Scholtz said ev­ery year oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy was cel­e­brated on a na­tional level.

“The OT depart­ment at Frere Hos­pi­tal made the com­mit­ment to cel­e­brate oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and to raise dis­abil­ity aware­ness on an an­nual ba­sis as well. Pre­vi­ously our events fo­cused on hos­pi­tal staff and our pa­tients, but three years ago we de­cided that we wanted to reach the broader com­mu­nity and we wanted to work with stake­hold­ers serv­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties,” she said.

She added that money was raised by peo­ple pur­chas­ing tick­ets to at­tend.

Frere Hos­pi­tal CEO Ro­lene Wag­ner said the day was also aimed at pro­mot­ing aware­ness both in the com­mu­nity and at the Frere Hos­pi­tal.

Wag­ner thanked every­one who came to sup­port the day.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

GOOD CAUSE: Rueben Puchert was one of the guest speak­ers and shared his jour­ney with dis­abil­ity. Puchart can only use about 5% of his nat­u­ral vi­sion

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