Every day, HACT’s Respite Unit helps those who are desperately ill to regain their health so they can return home to their families. And it is often the thought of their families that gives our patients the strength to fight as is the case with 55 year-old Michael who was re-admitted to our Unit in January this year.
Over 1000 grandmothers (gogos) are in training for HACT’s annual Gogolympics event which is taking place on Friday, the 26th April 2019 at the Molweni Sports Ground. This 1-day sporting extravaganza will see local grandmothers from across the Valley of 1000 Hills compete in soccer, netball, sprint relays and other games.
Next month the HACT team is very excited to be launching its new Goals 4 Life project which will educate, inspire and support over 200 vulnerable children and young people living in rural communities situated directly along the Comrades Marathon route through the universal appeal of soccer.
Thank you to all those runners who have been donating their old ASA and race numbers over the past few months for our Recycled Race Numbers Campaign. We have since produced over 550 pencil bags which have been distributed to children in need via HACT’s Life Skills programme!
A reminder that our team can also custom-make any unique commemorative items for you using your old numbers. For more info, please contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org
Soka Mngadi (pictured far right) lives in KwaNyuswa in the Valley of 1000 Hills with his family. The 64 year-old retired four years ago having worked in Durban as a landscaper and maintenance worker for many years. Over the past 14 months, Soka has been on a self-proclaimed journey of discovery, a journey which has consequently brought him much closer to both his three children and four grandchildren.
For 31 year-old Zodwa Ncgobo, beading has become so much more than a creative pastime, it’s a labour of love that has helped her to single-handedly support her family…
Thabo* was born HIV positive at birth and at age 15, was recently admitted to HACT’s Respite Unit. Weak and underweight, the young teen has severely stunted growth and an air of worry about him. Whilst all his friends have recently gone back to school, Thabo now has to remain in the Unit until he has regained his strength.
Thabo can’t remember when he first started taking ART (antiretroviral treatment) but he defaulted in 2006 for the first time because his gogo (granny), who was looking after him at the time, stopped taking him to the clinic.
HACT is currently accepting applications for the following vacancies in 2019:
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Education Coordinator (Peer Education)
Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) is recruiting an Education Coordinator for a 1-year fixed term contract for its Peer Education programme.
31 year-old, Khangelani Motha is currently a patient in the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust’s (HACT) Respite Unit where he is being treated for TB. Khangelani is eager to share his story in the hope that it will help others not make the same mistakes that has led him to this point in his life…
33 year-old Thandekile is an intelligent, well-spoken young lady with a bright future and a second chance at life. Looking at her beautiful face, you would never guess the pain and grief she has endured over the past ten months and how, were it not for the help of her close friend, Londiwe, she may not be with us today.