As part of the EFF’s World Aids Day activities on 1 December 2015, the EFF CIC, Julius Malema and EFF Deputy President, Floyd Shivambu, visited the Helen Bishop Orthopaedic Aftercare and Rehabilitation Centre. Goods valued at over R200 000 was donated by The EFF to The Helen Bishop Home including, 8 specialized wheelchairs, 5 burner gas stoves and 418 packs of nappies. EFF members also renovated the kitchen and bathrooms at Helen Bishop during the previous week.
Juju and Floyd also undertook a tour of the facility and spent time with staff and children.
According to Helen Bishop’s manager, Barbara van Eedtveld, they are more and more reliant on donations. “In the past we received funding from government but those funds have decreased to about 40 percent. We now rely on fund-raising to keep the centre up and running. We pay staff and buy other essentials from the money donated.”
Juju pledged further help from the EFF “The majority of parents who have children with disabilities are not trained to take care of their children and look to places like this centre for assistance. Staff at the centre practise ubuntu as they reach out to these children. They are willing to sacrifice their time with their families as I hear that many children are dropped off there in December.”
Juju also advised that money should rather be spent on charity than on festivals “Instead of spending money on festivals where free alcohol is available, one should rather spend that money on organisations in need. We need to support our people and must reach out to organisations.”
Should this centre experience any difficulties, they should not refrain from calling on us for assistance,” he said.
Helen Bishop chairperson, Jannie van Zyl, thanked the EFF for their assistance “We are proud to be associated with the EFF. You have won the hearts of the people and you are not afraid to stand up to the big guns. Most importantly, you came here to meet the ordinary people.”
Images and Photos from posts by the EFF on Social Media.