Tuesday, 30 May, 2023


Donated chairs to help mothers at Rob Ferreira Hospital

Mrs Mpumalanga 2022, Juanry Crous, donated three wingback chairs to the paediatric ward of the Rob Ferreira Hospital in Nelspruit this morning.

The chairs were made by three young people at a skills-development workshop hosted by Crous at Ntali Re-Invented Décor in Nelspruit under the guidance of upholstery trainer Amanda Pistorius.

Feature image: Seated, from left to right: Dr Elliot Motloung, Juanry Crous and Henri Gouws. Standing, from left to right: Sr Grace Malope, Dr Mmapule Kutumela, Dr Melissa Gobetz, Dr Rosy Mahlangu, Dr Siphindile Nsele, Dr Sasha Corlett, Sr Mirriam Chiloane and Sr Zandi Lebyane.

i’Langa Mall in Nelspruit sponsored two of the chairs. January paid for the third chair by selling raffle tickets.

Ntali Re-Invented Décor also donated a throw pillow with every chair.

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Henri Gouws, marketing manager of i’Langa Mall, says it is an honour to have been part of such an inspiring project that in its inception already motivates, empowers, and rewards the community.

“Now to see these masterpieces produced by those supported through the Chairs of Hope programme in their new ‘home’ at the Rob Ferreira Hospital is wonderful,” Gouws says. “It is a meaningful gesture that has truly come full circle. We congratulate all involved and commend the tireless efforts of the medical staff at Rob Ferreira,” he says.

The chairs will be used in the children’s wards where mothers, especially those who have to breastfeed their children, stay with their children for the duration of their stay in hospital.

Dr Elliot Morloung, paediatric surgeon at Rob Ferreira Hospital, received the chairs from Juanry and said that the donation will make a big difference in the children’s ward.

“If we can have five more chairs, we will be able to put one in every room,” he says.

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January says she plans another workshop in September where young people will have another opportunity to learn how to make a chair.

“Many young adults are stuck in horrific circumstances, satisfied with the cards they have been dealt and not knowing God has created them for so much more. They may be scared because they are not skilled enough to look after themselves, but I want to change their perspective,” says Juanry.

“We would really appreciate donations from businesses and individuals to enable us to donate more chairs to the hospital. One chair costs R2 900, which includes the fabric,” she says.

To sponsor an underprivileged child, contact Juanry on 083 705 6877 or send an e-mail to juanryvanniekerk@gmail.com.

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