Wheelchairs donated to hospice

What started off as a recycling exercise with a goal to raise funds, culminated in the handing over of six brand-new wheelchairs to three Hospice organizations throughout Gauteng.


Shona Yates, receptionist at Investec Bank in Johannesburg, initiated and then managed a project of collecting plastic bottle tops and small bread tags as a means of raising funds for the purchase of wheelchairs for charity organizations.

Investec staff quickly joined in and over a period of 10 months, enough bottle tops and tags were collected for Shona to deliver to Interwaste and collect the wheelchairs. Interwaste has a programme whereby they donate a new wheelchair for every 100 000 (300kg) plastic bottle tops or 100 000 (30kg) bread tags.

“We wanted to support Hospice and therefore the decision to hand these wheelchairs over to the organization,” says Shona.

Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services in New Market Park, Rivoningo Care Centre in Benoni and and E.A.C.H. (Eersterust Association for Community Health) received their wheelchairs at a hand-over ceremony at Stepping Stone Hospice last week.

“It inspires us and really gives us hope to see how the private sector uses their own initiative to help us help others,” says Onica Sepuru who represented HPCA (Health and Palliative Care Association of South Africa) at the handing over ceremony.

Front: Onica Sepuru (HPCA) and Mali Mnkandla (Rivoningo). Middle f.l.t.r.: Mart Sekoane (Rivoningo), Barbara Campbell-Kerr (Stepping Stone Hospice), Sarah Rakgoabe (Rivoningo), Gloria Benjamin (Investec Bank) and Linsey Sherman (Investec Bank). Back f.l.t.r: Deborah Ward (Investec), Tersia Burger (Stepping Stone Hospice) Shona Yates (Investec), Sheryl Newman (Stepping Stone Hospice), Njabulo Sawada (Rivoningo), Joyce Leander (E.A.C.H.), Lester Daniels (E.A.C.H.) and Willy Rikhotso (Investec Bank).

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