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August 1, 2008

A helping hand for care centre

Father Gérard is pictured with Tugela Mill general manager S W Engelbrecht.

Handing over a R1000 00 cheque to Father Gérard Tugela mill general manager S W Engelbrecht, thanked the Blessed Gérard's Care Centre for the outstanding service they provide to the greater Mandeni community.

"We see this donation as an extension of our own commitment in the fight against HIV and Aids. Sappi is proud to be associated with an organisation whose holistic approach includes a hospice, children's home, home based care and the recently introduced Highly Active Anti-Retroviral treatment (HAART) programme. I sincerely hope that our contribution will be of assistance to you in your efforts to save lives and alleviate suffering within our community", he said.

Commenting on the Blessed Gérard's Care Centre HAART programme, mill Employee Well Being (EWB) co-ordinator, Annezt Pillay said, "The HAART readiness course for patients about to start Anti-Retroviral Drugs (ARVs) will go a long way to ensure adherence to the ARV schedules which in turn would maximise the long term health of patients. The Mandeni community is privileged to have the largest private hospice in South Africa on its doorstep, a facility committed to human dignity and high quality patient care".

Thanking Sappi Tugela mill for their generous donation, Father Gérard said that they depend entirely on fundraising to finance their work.

"We provide our services free of charge, so a donation, like this one from Sappi, is extremely welcome and will go a long way in assisting us with our future work".

The North Coast Courier, August 1, 2008, Page 7

Corrections of the original had to be made for this online edition, which are marked by using Italics.

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