Every year, all the proceeds from the 13 conferences held at Africa Health Exhibition and Congress held at Gallagher Conference Centre in Midrand are handed over to beneficiaries who are doing exceptional work in the field of healthcare.
The proceeds from all the clinical conferences were awarded to Surgeons for Little Lives, a non-profit organisation led by Professor Jerome Loveland, the head of paediatric surgery at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. It is run by a small group of paediatric surgeons and some ordinary people, with the focus on uplifting the lives of less fortunate South African children, especially those in need of life-changing surgery.
The donation to Surgeons for Little Lives totalled R359 150.
“We are extremely grateful and proud to have our work recognised like this,” says Prof Jerome Loveland, Academic Head, Department of Paediatric Surgery, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Witwatersrand. “This and other donations like it enable us to continue to do the work we do to improve the lives of South Africa children who would not otherwise access this kind of treatment. We’re hoping to do more in the future, which includes projects such as the construction of a lactation facility and breast milk bank, as long as people are willing to support us.”
The proceeds from the non-clinical conferences were donated to Just Footprints Foundation, a registered non-profit organisation that takes children, with serious health and life challenges and disabilities, on camps. The purpose of these “Camp Footprints” camps is to provide children with a life-changing adventure, to learn new skills, to develop confidence and enhance their self-esteem in a secure, respectful and nurturing fun camp environment.
Just Footprints Foundation is linked to a global partner programme with the Seriousfun Children’s Network, and camps are carried out at no charge to the children or their families. Funding is obtained through corporate, international and individual sponsorships, and the organisers say that they see a measurable difference in the children’s attitudes and competences as a result of going to Camp Footprints.
The donation to Just Footprints Foundation totalled R 251 450.
“We say that we do amazing camps for amazing kids, and we are just amazingly grateful to have been given this donation,” says Leoné Jooste, the chairperson of Just Footprints Foundation. “It’s been great to spread our footprint here and make contact with delegates who are interested in what we do because of the medical benefits of the camp experience for the children.”
The proceeds from the Nursing Conference were awarded to the Academy of Nursing South Africa (ANSA), which has the vision of recognising, utilising and promoting excellence in nursing and midwifery in South Africa, and of enhancing optimal healthcare for all South Africans. The academy promotes evidence-based policy and practice in healthcare, and works collaboratively with other organisations and stakeholders who share this commitment.
The donation to ANSA totalled: R 49 850