The Tzu Chi Foundation South Africa donated 1 000 blankets to the Hospital of Hope in Cape Town. Picture: Supplied
The Tzu Chi Foundation South Africa donated 1 000 blankets to the Hospital of Hope in Cape Town. Picture: Supplied

Foundation helps lift spirit of Covid-19 patients in Cape Town with blanket donation

By Staff reporter Time of article published Jul 21, 2020

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Cape Town – The Tzu Chi Foundation South Africa has answered the call to spread more warmth this Mandela month, donating 1 000 blankets to the Hospital of Hope, the name for the Covid-19 Intermediate Care Facilities in Cape Town.

The handover, which took place at the CTICC Intermediate Care facility on Tuesday, will also benefit patients at the Brackengate facility.

The foundation's mission is to focus on giving material aid to those in need, inspiring love and humanity to givers and receivers. Since March it has made its presence felt during the Covid-19 pandemic with donations of personal protective equipment worth over R20 million to healthcare facilities across the Western Cape and the rest of the country.

“Many of our patients are from the vulnerable sections of our society and are in need of some good cheer. These blankets, together with other donations for Mandela Day, will really lift their spirits,” said Dr Theo Abrahams, facility manager at the CTICC Intermediate Care Facility.

The general public can also help make a difference this Mandela month by preparing a care pack for patients recovering from Covid-19.

The care packs can include the following: socks; toiletries; warm clothing; clean, three-layer cloth masks for patients to take home after their stay; sport water bottles; anything else to show their care and which will make a hospital stay warmer and more healing; and include a homemade card or note, poem or drawing to inspire patients during their recovery.

Individuals and corporates can get involved by contacting Harry Grainger at The Health Foundation on 021 418 1580 / 072 6133 719 / [email protected]

You can also drop off your care packs. Label it with “Spreading Warmth” and your name and drop it off at: The Health Foundation offices (16th Floor Norton Rose House, 8 Riebeek Street, Cape Town).

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