For the past 37 years, Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand has been serving people facing the lonely journey of serious illness. For those individuals and their families, the much-loved Non-Profit Organisation has been a pillar of strength and support during difficult times, and now they are the ones asking for help.
Due to the current economic downturn, HospiceWits’ corporate income, particularly, has been significantly affected as the health sector apparently has lost its appeal to sectors such as skills / social development and job creation. Receiving no financial assistance from government, HospiceWits management has been forced to withdraw funds from its investment account for an extended period already, to keep its head above water. Jacqui Kaye, the CEO stated, “We cannot continue to draw down on our investments for much longer – our board of governors has been meticulous in preserving these funds over the years.” “As we approach our financial year-end on 31st March, our deficit currently stands at R6m.”
It is thanks to our many supporters and donors over the years that we have been able to support two hospice facilities and programmes that include an early childhood development (ECD) centre in Soweto for HIV/AIDS-affected orphans and vulnerable children. To convey the extent of our work, last year HospiceWits provided 144,281 patient interventions.
We are appealing to individuals, corporates and other grant-making organisations to assist us through this difficult time. If you’d like to make a donation, please call Joy Ruwodo on 011-483-9156, or Lyn Wells on 011-483-9126, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org