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The Gift of the Givers’ hope is that private and corporate, individuals and companies will come together to support the medical staff and facilities on the frontline who will be treating those affected by the coronavirus.
To raise funds to empower doctors, nurses and medical staff across South Africa with the supplies and equipment needed for them to carry out the vital work they are doing, a campaign has been launched on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy.
“The aim of the campaign is to support high risk medical professionals in the front line dealing with infected patients and the patients themselves both through protective equipment, ventilators and other essential supplies in the quest to preserve life.
Right now there is no emergency but preparing in advance to support overburdened government health facilities is a reasonable approach in the interests of all South Africans. Hence the funds raised will be allocated as mentioned, and if we can escape unscathed, then they will still be directed to upgrading emergency services,” says Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder of Gift of the Givers.
To support the campaign, Vula Mobile, a network of over 11 000 health professionals in South Africa, has come on board to help identify the areas in need of support, so that funds can be directed where they are most needed.
The crowdfunding campaign launched on 14 March 2020, has already raised nearly R45 000. By supporting the campaign, donors qualify for a Section 18A tax certificate issued by The Gift of The Givers.
“Our reason-for-being at BackaBuddy is to enable communities of people to come together to do something positive. In the face of COVID-19, we want to help build a movement of people who support the doctors, nurses and medical staff treating those who fall ill. This pandemic is bigger than any ideology – we need to stand together as a nation, private, corporate and government to give us the best chance we have of containing the pandemic in South Africa,” says Patrick Schofield, BackaBuddy CEO.
The Gift of the Givers Foundation is the largest disaster response non-governmental organisation of African origin on the African continent. The essence of their presence is to bring hope and to restore dignity to the most vulnerable. Over the last 27 years, they have delivered over R2.1 billion in aid to 43 countries around the world, including South Africa.