Youth surprises hospice with R50 000 donation

Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services in New Market Park received a huge surprise from the FESTA youth of the St Therese Catholic Church in Florentia. On Saturday October 22, 2016, they paid the hospice’s management team a visit and personally handed over a R50 000 donation towards the “Brick by Brick” project recently launched by Stepping Stone Hospice..

“We are delighted to be making the contribution to this project, especially in the light of the fact that the proposed extension to your In-Patient Unit will include an Adolescent section,” explains Rui Cruz, one of the group’s leaders .

Annually, on the last Saturday of September, the youth, amongst others, host their St Therese FESTA in celebration of the patron saint of their church. The funds raised through the festival, are then donated to charities in the community. “This year, the youth felt very strongly that the funds should be going to our own hospice to also show our support for what you are doing for our community and plan to do for our young people,” Rui further explains..

A delighted Tersia Burger, CEO of Stepping Stone Hospice, thanked the group. ”Your funds will go towards the planned 505sqm addition to our existing In-Patient Unit. With your hard work and financial support, a dream is starting to become a reality and we salute you for that,” she says.

Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services is an independent community driven organization and as a developing hospice, in constant need of financial support. The organization provides appropriate professional palliative care for people and their families diagnosed with life limiting illnesses such as cancer and HIV Aids..

Representing the St Therese Festa Youth and Festa committee at the handover of the hospice donation are; Back left to right: Tanya Reis, Calvin Gouveia, Clayton Conceicao, Rob van der Walt, Storm van der Walt, Thembani Mdlalose, Chantel Gouveia and Joe Hutton. Front left to right:  Guida Reis, Rui Cruz and hospice CEO, Tersia Burger.

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