The staff at Dormac got into the spirit of the festive season and made up over 60 gift bags for the children at The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. The hospital was built in 1956 and is the only stand alone, specialist hospital dedicated entirely to children in Southern Africa.
In recognition of the good work the hospital does Dormac has also donated R10 000 toward the expansion of the ICU unit project planned for 2015 and the staff hope to continue support the hospital through various fund raising initiatives next year.
On the 3rd December a group of 13 volunteers from Dormac visited the hospital to personally hand out gifts to the children and spend some time with them. Dormac SHEQ manager Rian Leisegang said of his experience on this visit: “It was truly a privilege to be part of the Dormac team who visited the Red Cross Hospital, without a doubt this visit brightened the day of not only the children but also the parents and hospital staff. Today was humbling and grounding to say the least!”
Dormac gave further donations this year to the St Mary’s Hospital in Durban and the Highway Hospice in Durban. St Marys is a not-for-profit private Catholic Mission Hospital was built in 1927 and is a community hospital with a patient profile dominated by HIV and AIDS related illnesses and infections and teenage and/or difficult pregnancies. Highway Hospice is facility for Cancer patients to give them care and support when they are no longer helped by the hospital. Two of Dormac’s employees, Shimoney Taylor and Simon McLeod, were sadly lost to cancer and are remembered by Dormac with their support of the Highway Hospice ‘Tree of Lights initiative’ where lights are purchased annually in remembrance of Shim and Simon. Both these organisations are close to the heart of the Dormac Durban staff and they have supported them for several years.