An Art and Wine Auction took place on 30 June at Stone Cradle in Pretoria East to raise funds for the 2012 Cochlear implant patients at Steve Biko Hospital.
The Steve Biko Academic Hospital Board initiated and registered a Public Benefit Organization that facilitates cochlear implants at the hospital.
The SBAHB – Robert Kerr Trust Health Programme was established in 2009 to financially support and facilitate three to four implants per year through various fundraising projects, since cochlear implants are currently not funded by the government.
The fundraiser morning on 30 June was just one step towards creating awareness and raising funds for this cause. “We are appealing to possible corporate donors to join hands with the hospital in this very worthwhile program,” says Elmarie Davis, SBAHB-fundraiser. “The initiative changes lives forever and is an investment into lives that affects families and influence communities.”
Since 2009 the gift of hearing was given to eight fortunate candidates through the “Beautiful Noise” Cochlear Implant Project.
Make a Beautiful Noise to a hearing impaired person, SMS “NOISE” to 39101 and contribute R15 towards a cochlear implant. Or contact Elmarie 083 554 9282 or e-mail at for more information and to make a donation.
Art from various multi-talented and in some cases, struggling and disadvantaged artists, were exhibited and auctioned on 30 June. The hearing impaired artist, Tommy Motswai (right) at one of his artworks with two of the Cochlear implant patients, Nomfundo Mokoena and Alfred Masanganye.
Irene Herselman (Cochlear implant candidate), Gary Forwood (speaker), Alfred Masanganye (implant candidate), Tiro (singer), Nomfundo Mokoena (implant patient) and Elmarie Davies, SBAHB-fundraiser.
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