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SOS makes a difference at health clinic

The Save Our Schools (SOS) and a team from Grundfos, brought smiles to the faces of patients at Bloekombos Clinic on Thursday 30 May.

Members of the SOS non-profit organisation (NPO) arrived with the mascot SmartDrop and handed out bottled water, sunlight soap bars and lollipops to children.

SOS partnered with Grundfos, a global solar water solutions company, to support Bloekombos residents with sustainable water solutions.

The bottled water was collected by Grundfos employees during a Walk for Water event held on World Water Day on 21 March.

The event Let’s Make Water a Global Priority aimed to highlight the plight of the nearly 1 billion underprivileged people, who don’t have ready access to clean drinking water. Roughly 760 litres were collected and donated to the clinic, that serves more than 350 patients a day.

Shelley Humphreys, executive director of the organisation, said collaborations between corporates and NPOs are essential to provide long-term sustainable impactful solutions for communities like Bloekombos.

According to Humphreys, the organisation is busy with community upliftment in Bloekombos.

This project commenced in September last year and the NPO will be providing water installations, rainwater harvesting tanks to the six schools in the community namely Masibambane Secondary School, Bloekombos Secondary School, Bloekombos Primary School, Ekuthuleni Primary School, Bloekombos Pre-primary School and Emithini Primary School.

Humphreys said the organisation will also assist Bloekombos Clinic and many micro-businesses. “We will go into the community and assist with micro businesses like taxis or car washes. This way they don’t use municipal water but water from Jojo tanks.

We also helped schools to reduce pressure on the municipal system by using the grey water system.”

Susan Kellerman, manager of the clinic said Bloekombos is the fastest growing settlement in the Western Cape. “We desperately need to expand the clinic as the community grows, we assist with a range of health care services providing HIV, Aids, TB-related treatment and immunisations, child health and pregnancies.

Kellerman thanked the NPO and Grundfos for coming through and brightening the patient’s day.

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