On Friday, 9 October 2020, Right to Care, a highly-respected, leading Covid-19 orientated NGO, in partnership with needs-matched Insurer, BrightRock and their Change Captains, Dan Nicholl, OG Molefe and Nicholas Goliath, delivered critical food parcels and masks to the Itlhokomeleng Association for the Aged and Disabled in Alexandra as part of the BrightRock Battle of the Sports Challenge.
The sports challenge is raising vital funds and awareness to support vulnerable communities in South Africa who are affected by Covid-19 but who have not received the Covid-19 support they so desperately require. Itlhokomeleng Association for the Aged and Disabled is one such facility.
Professor Ian Sanne, CEO Right to Care, whose organisation has been very involved in providing support to old age homes and older people across the country, stresses that as the group with the highest risk, co-morbidities and lowest immune systems, priority needs to be given to this aged population. “We have provided support to over 3 000 aged people in care facilities already, with plans to scale up,” he says.
Itlhokomeleng Association was founded in 1978 by Dr Marjorie Manganye, who at 89 is known as “the Mother Theresa of Alex”. Manganye, together with a group of concerned women started the project to assist the aged and needy in Alexandra. At Itlhokomeleng, which means “help yourselves”, Manganye now cares for scores of elderly people, although she herself is older than some of charges. There are over ninety elders with 60% in the frail care unit. The home also admits disabled people, regardless of age and runs a feeding programme for approximately 180 people in the community.
Mama Marj, as Manganye is affectionately called, has been caring for the Alexandra community for over four decades with her age-defying energy and caring attitude endearing her to thousands of Alexandra residents. In 2017 Wits University bestowed an honorary doctorate on Marjorie Manganye for her selfless, lifelong dedication and service to the ill, frail and elderly.
Soccer Star, Matthew Booth joined the handover today to speak about his personal experience on the pan. “Seeing the strength of Manganye and the amazing work she is doing makes our whole challenge so worthwhile,” says Tovey. He also congratulated the BrightRock Captains who, in support of their favourite rugby, soccer, cricket and running legends who have already undertaken the gruelling 200km race against time in the arid Verneukpan in the Northern Cape, have now also all participated in their own personal #battleofthesports challenges to raise significant funds for the challenge. Nicholas Goliath will be the last Captain to complete his personal challenge this weekendand collectively all funds will go to Right to Care who will match the donation rand for rand.
The sentiment is echoed by BrightRock Founder and Executive Director of Sales and Distribution, Sean Hanlon. “We are so proud to be able to make a contribution, particularly to a home like Itlhokomeleng which cares for the most vulnerable in Alexandra. The BrightRock Battle of the Sports Challenge is a fitting way to emphasise the teamwork, passion and commitment, as well as the mental, emotional, and physical fortitude required to care for the most vulnerable in our community and we are thrilled to partner with this worthwhile initiative,” he concludes.
HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED?
- Support your sports teams who are doing the Verneukpan 200 km challenge by donating to this worthy cause
- Go to www.battleofthesports.co.za to donate;
- Use the hashtag #battleofthesportschallenge #lovechange when posting
- Social media platforms:
- Challenge as many of your friends, schools, clubs, corporates as possible to support to this worthy cause by tagging them.