Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Beds Of Hope: Fashion Show with Casper Bosman & QUE'S

Beds of Hope, a charity organization in Bloemfontein, will be hosting a fashion at Coco C this coming Saturday (28 August 2010) to raise money. Casper Bosman (one of my sponsors) & QUE'S has asked me to model in their clothes.

Here's more info on the charity:


Heart disease, cancer, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy these conditions are serious and life-threatening enough in adults. In children and babies, so much more is required in terms of care and treatment to nurse these special patients back to health. The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of the Free State (UFS) is the sole provider of this level of care in the central regions of South Africa and is responsible for more than 1 000 000 children in the Free State, Northern Cape, Northwest, Eastern Cape and Lesotho.

On average, it is estimated that up to 10 children are turned away every month due to a lack of ICU beds, while many neonates may die every year due to the unavailability of adequate facilities for newborns in distress. We are planning to increase neonatal ICU beds to 25, high care to 21, newborn care beds to 20 and open 15 Kangaroo care beds.

The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health has been part of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the UFS for the past 32 years. The Department is committed to excellence in the provision and management of illnesses of babies and children and operates in two hospitals, namely the Universitas and Pelonomi Hospitals in Bloemfontein. Unfortunately, at this stage, much of the technology is antiquated and has not been adequately updated, repaired or replaced. Because of the concern for both patient care and tertiary training, the department has launched the Beds of Hope campaign, with the kind assistance of the Fuchs Foundation.

The campaign is aimed at improving the healthcare situation for babies and children who are desperately ill and in need of specialized healthcare in the fields of intensive care, oncology, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, gastro-enterology, neonatology and infectious diseases. With this campaign, it is hoped that state of the art equipment may be procured to provide for the specialized healthcare needs of these children, especially in the intensive care units.

For more info on Beds of Hope: http://bedsofhope.ufs.ac.za/


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