Shoprite among the first to donate care packs to Brackengate facility

Jul 14, 2020

 

The Shoprite Group, which is headquartered in Brackenfell, recently showed itself to be a good neighbour to the newly completed Brackengate Intermediate Care facility by donating 330 care packs, containing blankets and toiletries, for distribution amongst the hospital’s Covid-19 patients.

This donation comes on the back of a similar one of 250 care packs to the Western Cape Government Health, which were distributed among patients making use of the isolation facilities in the province. 

Each pack contains a blanket, soap, waterless hand sanitiser, a face cloth, toothbrush and toothpaste to help make the often-difficult isolation process slightly easier.

Western Cape MEC for Health Dr Nomafrench Mbombo thanked the Shoprite Group for their donations.

The aim with the 'Spreading Warmth Mandela Day' drive is to provide essential items that will promote the recovery of COVID-19 patients from our most vulnerable communities. Although we’re grateful for all the recent rains, it has also meant that we’ve experienced a bitterly cold winter this year. Thank you for the donation, Shoprite, and we will make sure the care packs reach the right people.”

- Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape MEC for Health

Dr Barry Smith (CEO of the Brackengate Intermediate Care Facility) receives the care packs from Wendy van Rensburg (Sustainability Manager at the Shoprite Group), at the Brackengate Intermediate Care Facility.
“Due to its proximity to our Home Office in Brackenfell we consider the Brackengate facility a neighbour, and as a good neighbour we just had to reach out and help. The only way we’ll overcome this crisis is by standing together across sectors and by acting as good neighbours.”

- Lunga Schoeman, CSI manager of the Shoprite Group

 

The intermediate facility forms part of the Hospital of Hope initiative which receives its first patients in mid-July and can accommodate a total of 338 Covid-19 patients.

Individuals and companies wanting to join Shoprite in Spreading Warmth, can contact Harry Grainger at The Health Foundation on Tel 021 418 1580 / 072 6133 719  or email: harry@thehealthfoundation.org.za.

Care packs can also be dropped off at The Health Foundation offices: 16th Floor Norton Rose House, 8 Riebeek Street, Cape Town and must be labeled with the words “Spreading Warmth” and the donor’s name.