Berg & Bush helps upgrade local hospital
Not content with providing a play area for grown ups, the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush has stepped up to provide an improved play area for childre...
Not content with providing a play area for grown ups, the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush has stepped up to provide an improved play area for children too - at the Emmaus District Hospital in Winterton. The Berg & Bush is a “proudly Winterton” event, with the event race village lying just 10 minutes from the northern Drakensberg town.
Last week, the paediatric ward at Emmaus District Hospital received a play area makeover, with Berg & Bush sponsoring the upgrades and working closely with hospital’s clinical manager Dr Olivia Donald to make the changes happen. The revamped child and recovery-friendly play space, which included new toys, was officially opened and handed over on 21 September. The Berg & Bush team, parents, ward staff and hospital managers were in attendance at the opening.
The R50 000 upgrade means that children can now play outside and be entertained in a safe, fun environment, which promotes and encourages learning, play and recovery.
“Being able to uplift the paediatric ward at Emmaus Hospital was a wonderful opportunity, and just a small way for us to give back to the surrounding community,” says race founder Gary Green.
“We are a very community-focussed event. During the three Berg & Bush rides, all our water points are hosted by charitable groups and other organisations who are able to raise funds and awareness for their respective causes. You’ll find at the Berg & Bush you have to stop and eat because everyone is competing to put on the best water point. As an event that is proud of our region and community, we are constantly looking to give back in some way.”
The staff and managers at Emmaus Hospital were overwhelmed with gratitude, explaining that many of the children are kept in the ward for a minimum period of two months, with those suffering from malnutrition or burns often having to stay longer. During the recovery period, mothers of recovering children are required to move into the ward to help care for them as they regain their strength.
Upgrades to the play area included a shaded outside area covered with Easigrass and filled with plastic climbing toys and blocks. “The improvements are fantastic, and make a big change to what the children played on and with previously,” says Dr Donald.
Inside the ward, puzzles, plastic tables and chairs, books and new plastic toys will now keep moms and patients entertained for their duration of their stay. Chania and Pawel Stempowski, Deneys Reitz Commodities and Winterton/Bergville communities contributed towards stocking the library.
The Berg & Bush team, together with the hospital staff and management hope that the upgrades will go a long way in aiding the recovery of the young patients.