Cheer-up kits for city hospital staff
BOIPELO MERE BOIPELO.MERE@INL.CO.ZA
African News Agency
AS THE country battles with the reality of the fifth wave of Covid-19, with an increase in the number of cases, the youth from ASEZ WAO, World Mission Society Church of God Young Adult Worker Volunteer Group this week delivered cheer-up kits to the staff of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital (RMSH). Bearing postcards and some snacks for the staff, the youth encouraged and expressed gratitude towards the medical staff who have been at the front line in the fight against Covid-19. The initiative is part of the Heartto-heart relay that seeks to provide encouragement to medical workers and officials world wide who are battling the pandemic. ASEZ stands for 'Save the Earth from A to Z’, which means 'Save the world from the beginning to the end’. WAO stands for 'We Are One Family'. Put together, ASEZ WAO means 'Let us save the earth from the beginning to the end as one family'. This group of young people have been carrying out a variety of activities around the world for sustainable development of mankind and the earth, such as educational support, well-being promotion, emergency relief, cultural exchange, climate change responses, reduced plastic use, terrestrial ecosystem protection and marine ecosystem protection. Through such campaigns and partnerships, agreements continue to be achieved. On Monday, 35 cheer-up kits, consisting of snacks such as chocolates, chips, biscuits and fruits, were accompanied by postcards that expressed gratitude towards the medical workers at RMSH. Under strict observance of Covid19 rules and regulations, the staff managed to welcome the gesture with a bright smile. The CEO of RMSH, Dr Alaistair Kantani, expressed his gratitude for seeing the youth at the forefront of making efforts to contribute to a clean and healthy community and to help people. "I also wish managers of municipalities could see the activities of ASEZ WAO youths so that making our environment clean and taking care of one another can become a standard,” said Kantani. The group expressed how they will always be grateful to the medical workers who are working day and night for the health and safety of the local residents in the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic. "Although we are a small devotion, we hope that it relieves the mental and physical fatigue from Covid-19 and gives you strength and comfort,” said one of the ASEZ members, Stalin Martin. Sharne Kulsen, one of the RMSH staff members, applauded her colleagues and expressed appreciation for all the efforts made by the staff. Sibongile Waganda highlighted the bravery that the medical workers displayed during this most difficult time. “I believe the medical staff is the most brave because while people dreaded the unknown virus, the staff had to come in each and every day to deal with the deadly virus,” said Waganda. Nthabiseng Martin said she was lost for words out of gratitude. “We cannot thank you enough for your hard work, for saving the lives of the people of Kimberley," said Martin. According to Martin, the campaigns embarked on in South Africa included visits to Life Esidimeni Hospital, Jubilee District Hospital in Hammanskraal, Helen Joseph Hospital, Belleville Quinte West Community Health Centre and Groote Schuur Hospital. He said they carried out the encouragement relay, where the youth touched the hearts of the quarantine officials. Martin also highlighted that they were involved in the 'Reducing Plastic Use' campaign in the ‘2021 P4G (Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030) Seoul Summit’ held in Korea, where they took centre stage. "In South Africa, ASEZ WAO has continuously provided help to local communities and neighbours through various volunteer activities. "In March, environmental clean-up activities were conducted in Bellville central business district, Cape Town and in Pennyville Park, Johannesburg to create a clean and healthy local environment. "Also in February, they took the lead in protecting the indigenous plants; removing alien plants that were causing ecological disturbances in the Klapperkop Nature Reserve in Tshwane. "They also painted a beautiful mural to bring a bright and warm energy at the Cape Town, Athlone Train Station, and also painted the entire Kenilworth and Crawford train stations neatly, helping to create a pleasant environment in the city." He said the government and institutions locally and abroad continue to support them due to the impressive campaigns. They were awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Gauteng Health minister and have received international environmental awards such as the US President’s Award, the Green World Award and the Green Apple Awards.