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Image: The sweetest way to save a child’s life “It gives us joy to bring communities together in the fight against childhood cancer and make a difference in so many children’s lives,” says Sandy.

There’s no easy way to deal with a child being diagnosed with cancer, but a group of ‘Cupcake Angels’ are determined to put their love of baking to good use to make a difference in the lives of child cancer patients in South Africa.   Read More...




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Image: Have a heart for children with cancer The 15th of February 2017 is International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD).

This day was started as a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to express support for children with cancer, survivors and their families. In developed countries, childhood cancer has become largely curable with the overall survival rate reaching between 70% and 80% whereas in South Africa the rate is only at about 50%.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: Care and Share 2016 Three teams from Old Mutual were recently “admitted” to Valkenberg to help the Friends of Valkenberg get reading for Christmas at the hospital.

The teams wrapped gifts, prepared party food and contributed to the cost of the activities which form part of a recovery programme that ensures that people in hospital over this period do not feel forgotten and remain connected to what is happening in their communities.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Health, HIV/AIDS
Image: SANRAL ups its fight against HIV/AIDS The national construction industry is adversely affected by the depletion of skills most notably caused by HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

Cape Town, 30 November 2016 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) has substantially stepped up its commitment with its landmark wellness programme now accessible to more than 2000 Workers on their Routine Road Maintenance (RRM) projects nationally.
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HEADLINES, Health
Image: Minister Motsoaledi announces government initiatives to save lives through technology and innovation As we observed World Prematurity Day on 17 November 2016, 38 out of every 1 000 babies born in South Africa still die before the age of five. Although we have made great strides in antenatal and infant care over the past decade, many of these cases are entirely preventable if they are detected and treated early.   Read More...



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Image: An interview with Maxwell: Recovery from mental illness

Due to the stigma attached to mental illness, an erroneous belief continues to exist that a diagnosis means a patient will never be a useful member of society.  Friends of Valkenberg know this to be untrue.  Here is Maxwell’s story to show you what a difference a combination of professional treatment and your support can make.
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Health, Videos
Image: Meet MAX  ...... - A Skills Development Project intern, working in the “Friendly Shop"

Friends of Valkenberg run various recovery groups with the intention not only of teaching life skills, but also helping people into meaningful employment to end the cycle of poverty which often contributes to relapse. 

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Health

The “Voices of the Friends” had a chance to speak at the Friends of Valkenberg Trust AGM this year with service users and volunteers taking the stand with staff, to share their experiences of recovery from mental illness.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Health
Image: South African Activist David Barnard to Run the Grand to Grand Ultra in Support of the END Fund David has committed himself to raising awareness and funds to help the over 1.6 billion people worldwide whose lives are affected by NTDs

On September 25, 2016, David Barnard will take on the Grand to Grand Ultra in honour of the END Fund and the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa. By participating in this extreme multi-stage race, David has committed himself to raising awareness and funds to help the over 1.6 billion people worldwide whose lives are affected by NTDs.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: Sesame Workshop and Johnson & Johnson Team Up to Bring Critical Health Lessons to South Africa’s Eas Muppet Global Health Ambassador Raya Makes South African Debut In New Resources for Vulnerable Children

18 August, 2016 –East London, South Africa, and New York – Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind South Africa’s Takalani Sesame, and Johnson & Johnson today released new multimedia resources for children and caregivers in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, focusing on critical health issues such as nutrition and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
Image: Civil society comes together in Durban The International AIDS Conference in Durban brought the world to South Africa and showcased South Africa's AIDS response to the world. NACOSA staff gained much insight at a pre-conference symposium on Children and HIV.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: Sea Harvest continues to invest in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust The Red Cross Children’s Hospital unveiled phase one of its new intensive care unit last week.

After an emotional unveiling of phase one of the new intensive care unit (ICU) at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Sea Harvest has announced that it will continue its Kids for Kids project aimed at raising funds towards the completion of the hospital’s new intensive care facility. Since 2010, Sea Harvest’s Kids for Kids project has donated a total of R1.6 million to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the hospital’s fundraising arm, thanks to the support of its consumers.   Read More...




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Image: CHOMA DREAMS CAFÉS Creating safe, connected spaces for young women to reduce HIV risk

HIVSA, a leading South African not-for-profit organisation offering HIV related services, unveiled the CHOMA Dreams Cafés today at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban. Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, Jean Armstrong and Charlize Theron, supported the launch and spoke about how this groundbreaking initiative hopes to provide vulnerable young women between the ages of 15 and 25 with safe, connected and empowering spaces to access health information, social services, life skills training, and support from peers and mentors; herewith a release with more information.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
Image: HIV/AIDS continues to stalk children and adolescents – UNICEF UN children’s agency to showcase successes, innovations at AIDS Conference
On the eve of the 21st International AIDS Conference taking place in Durban this week, UNICEF warned that despite remarkable global progress in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work remains to be done to protect children and adolescents from infection, sickness and death.   Read More...



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Image: ACHAM’s Educational Theatre brings huge behaviour change More than a decade of resounding and immeasurable success attaining behaviour change in the ranks of thousands regarding the scourge of HIV/AIDS.

This is what the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management (ACHAM) can proudly lay claim to – its Educational Theatre Group, established ten years ago, can boast a track record second to none. The Group’s extremely popular flagship production of Lucky the Hero! has proved to be a model of superb quality disseminating necessary and vital information in a highly educational and entertaining format through-out at least five of the country’s nine provinces.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Health
Image: Up your game with Friends this Casual Day We invite you to assist patients RECOVERING from mental illnesses at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital to return successfully to their communities.

Please support Friends in this fundraising opportunity in our fourth year of collaboration with the National CASUAL DAY campaign. The campaign encourages you to join the thousands of South Africans who demonstrate that small actions can make a huge difference, by purchasing and wearing a Casual Day sticker on Friday, 2nd September, in support of people with disabilities.
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ALL THE NEWS , Education, Health
Image: Motivation, the key to performance improvement in the workplace Rosebank College has initiated the Education Wellness Programme, which focuses on a healthy mind and attitude, fundamental to making happy employees

31 May 2016:  Happy employees make all the difference in ensuring that companies meet their targets and that staff retention and productivity remain high.   Read More...




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Image: Mental Health Goes Mobile in Khayelitsha Banetsi Andreas Mphunga officially launched his mobile counselling clinic in partnership with the South African College of Applied Psychology.

Like every other South African township, on the streets of Khayelitsha, the minibus is ubiquitous. But only one of them has counselling and support as its purpose, and it belongs to Banetsi Andreas Mphunga. A psychology graduate, and one of just a handful of Registered Counsellors available to the almost 400 000-strong population of Khayelitsha, Banetsi is so committed to providing mental health support to his community that he bought a combi and transformed it into a mobile counselling clinic.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: Engen spreads a smile Ironman Smile Foundation partner with Engen to spread some smiles
Four years ago a short 50 metre stroll left Engen service station owner Helder Silva short of breath. Three years later, the owner of Engen North End Convenience Centre completed his first gruelling IronMan Triathlon. On 10 April 2016 he did it again, swimming 3.8km, cycling 180km and running 42.2km in just 13 hours and 19 minutes.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: SEA HARVEST donation helps Red Cross Children’s Hospital move closer to a bigger & better ICU Everyone can do something small to make big difference. This has once again proven true with a R300 000 cheque handover.

Everyone can do something small to make big difference. This has once again proven true with a R300 000 cheque handover by Sea Harvest to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the official fundraiser of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. The funds are the result of Sea Harvest Kids for Kids initiative, which has been going for six years and donates a portion of the sales of selected Sea Harvest crumbed fish products to the Children’s Hospital Trust.   Read More...



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