PE: MSF will visit 4 cities in 3 months to raise R120,000

Thursday, March 9, 2017 — International medical humanitarian organisation, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) will for the first time visit four different cities within the Garden Route for three months from 14 March to 3 June to fundraise for its emergency medical work in more than 65 countries.

The face-to-face fundraising team will make their first stop in Port Elizabeth from 14 to 25 March and will visit other places before returning to Port Elizabeth. Other cities to be visited include; Mossel Bay, Knysna and George at later dates.

During the visit, the MSF fundraising team will also raise awareness about the organisation’s work of delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare. Residents will also have an opportunity to see the medical equipment and items MSF medical staff use in the field as these will be showcased during the visit.

“We are incredibly excited about this tour and we look forward to interacting with people from Port Elizabeth who have given us overwhelming support in the past,” says Kelly Barlow, the MSF travel teams’ co-ordinator.

“The funds we raise from such initiatives enable us to provide the much needed medical care both here in South Africa and internationally. We are encouraging the community to stand up with us and support this tour, to visit our teams at the stand, find out more about us, and see how to get involved”.

MSF works in more than 65 countries, including South Africa and it relies on funds from private donors who contribute regular donations from as little as R15 on a monthly basis.

The organisation has three projects in South Africa namely; Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal where it works in close collaboration with local authorities to provide care to people living with HIV and tuberculosis as well as in Rustenburg where we give comprehensive care and treatment to survivors of sexual violence. The clinic offers a comprehensive approach meant to overcome the barriers that discourage victims from seeking medical care.

Tour schedule

Date

Shopping Mall / Area

14 – 18 March (From 09:00 – 17:00)

The Bridge, Port Elizabeth

21 – 25 March (From 09:00 – 17:00)

Green acres Mall, Port Elizabeth

25 – 29 April (From 09:00 – 17:00)

The Bridge, Port Elizabeth

02 – 06 May  (From 09:00 – 17:00)

Green acres Mall, Port Elizabeth

09 – 13 May (From 09:00 – 17:00)

Bay West Mall, Port Elizabeth