“We value children”

LEPHALALE — Eskom Medupi hosted Mandela Centenary Celebrations for 15 children living with Cerebral Palsy condition at the rehabilitation hall at Ellisras District Hospital on Thursday 16 August.

Back FLTR: Shirley Matsimbi (Optometrist), Maxwelle Malepe (Physiotherapist), Shirley Lebepe (Dietician), Shannon Verwey (Audiologist), Vanessa du Plessis (Physiotherapist). Front: Madelie Lourens (Speech therapist), Mokgadi Ramatswi (Occupational Therapist), Pertumoa Rametse (Occupational Therapist) and Winnie Mashibe (Occupational Therapist). These people are working with all kinds of disabled children every day and they say it keeps them humble. “We do what we can with little resources. We can see the thankfulness in the mothers’ eyes,” they say.

Barry Janse van Rensburg, Senior Construction Manager at Medupi, handed over sleepwear packs and toys to each one of the children as well as a cabinet to store their toys.

These outpatients are hosted by Ellisras District Hospital once a month for rehabilitation therapy.

Mashudu Khoza, Senior Communications Advisor at Medupi, who acted as programme director, said from Eskom’s perspective they always had special place in their heart for these children. “We were here last year and we needed to come back to spend some time with them. We really value them,” she said.

Janse van Rensburg said: “There is nothing more important than our children. When the Medupi project started in 2007 it did not only mean building a power plant, it also meant building the communities in its footprint. Each of us has a role to play to create a better world for our children.

“The late Nelson Mandela said: ‘the true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children’ and in echoing what he said, Eskom has chosen to be a responsible corporate citizen by creating a better world for our children living with cerebral palsy.

“Eskom has been involved in lots of general health care programmes which already make a huge difference in children’s lives.

“We haven’t done it on our own, the Department of Health and Lephalale Local Municipality are part of it,” he said.

He concluded with a special word of thanks to the staff of Ellisras District Hospital. “You are special people and are doing a great job,” he said.

Dr Alfred Molele, who was standing in for Dr D Mbako, Chief Executive Officer of Ellisras District Hospital, thanked Eskom for the initiative.

Mr LP Bodiba, Acting Manager: Allied Health Services, thanked everyone for a beautiful function. “Let us show love and respect for these children and let’s respect one another,” he concluded.

The staff, parents, guests and children were treated with cake, drinks and snacks to end the special day.

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