Doctors Without Borders to visit Eastern Cape cities to raise funds for emergency work

Friday, June 23, 2017 —

JOHANNESBURG – A Doctors Without Borders (MSF) fundraising team will visit the two big Eastern Cape cities for a fortnight, from 27 June to 9 July, to raise funds for MSF’s emergency medical work.

The five-member face-to-face fundraising team, will make their first stop in Port Elizabeth for a week before proceeding to East London.

During the visit, the team will interact with the residents of Port Elizabeth, raise awareness about how they can support MSF’s work through regular monthly donations, or alternatively join MSF as fieldworkers if they are medical or suitably qualified.

“Over the last six years MSF fundraising teams have travelled all around South Africa including in the Eastern Cape giving members of the public an opportunity to hear more about our work and join our family as new donors,” says Kelly Barlow, MSF fundraising travel teams co-ordinator. 

The Port Elizabeth community has been very supportive of MSF’s work. During the visit by the fundraising team in March this year, the team managed to sign up 313 new donors there.  

 “Our donors are the life-blood of our work and without them we can’t do much. As we come to Port Elizabeth and East London, we would like to ask the community to come and support us,” adds Barlow.

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EASTERN CAPE FUNDRAISING TOUR SCHEDULE

Dates:

Location:

27 June  – 3 July (From 09:00 – 17:00)

The Green acres Mall, Port Elizabeth

4  – 9 July  (From 09:00 – 17:00)

Vincent Park Mall, East London

ABOUT MSF’s WORK:

During 2016 the donations of regular private donors, enabled MSF’s medical teams working in 70 countries achieved the following :

  • 9.7 million outpatient consultations
  • 92,600 major surgical interventions
  • 869,100 children vaccinated against measles
  • 132,400 patients living with HIV provided with Antiretroviral Treatment
  • 80,100 malnourished children treated

ABOUT MSF IN SOUTH AFRICA:

In South Africa, MSF runs two HIV and TB projects in Eshowe (KwaZulu Natal) and Khayelitsha (Western Cape) and a project offering comprehensive care and treatment to survivors of sexual violence in Rustenburg (North West).

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