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Buy a cyber bear for a baby

The Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard wants to construct a new building to house the Blessed Gérard's Children's Home in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal.

They write that the children receive lots of tender loving care which most of them lacked before because they were either orphaned, abandoned, abused, neglected or are HIV positive.

"There are more and more AIDS orphans due to the AIDS pandemic in our area. Our temporary accommodation can only cater for ten children and it is full. We would like to help more of these desperate children. Therefore we need to construct a bigger facility to give them a home. Like a building is made out of bricks, our new children's home will be built through tender loving care."

"A teddy bear symbolises a motherly hug. You can help us to give such a hug by buying a symbolic Teddy Bear.

"We ask you to buy one or many teddy bears for R10 each," the Brotherhood writes on the website (

The brotherhood's site puts a human face to these children. It features many photographs of the adorable little ones being cared for, and their stories.

Such as Mxolisi:
"Mxolisi suffers from a severe epilepsy. His mother died from AIDS and Mxolisi was left with his aunt and granny who have totally neglected him. They stopped getting medication for him and for many months he was fitting up to three times daily. We admitted him because he is badly brain damaged and was malnourished and at eight years old weighed 12 kg. He was totally unresponsive, immobile and spastic and since he is back on medication, he has not fitted once. He is recovering very well. He has put on lots of weight. He can walk, he laughs and sings and responds to people. He is even learning to socialise with other children."

Or Musawenkosi:
"His mother had died at Blessed Gérard's Hospice from AIDS before and 12-year-old Musawenkosi unfortunately was also infected with AIDS and tuberculosis. He spent a few weeks receiving intensive tender-loving-care in our inpatient unit and when we closed his eyes we were sure that his mother waited for him with a heavenly hug."

The homepage includes a link to buy a bear.

"Our request is not without a reward," writes the Brotherhood of Blessed Gerard. "Firstly you will know that you have really helped us to look after children who otherwise would have no or a very grim future and secondly each symbolic teddy bear will be entered into a Lucky Draw with many attractive prizes."

1st prize: A return air ticket from Johannesburg or Cape Town to any destination in Germany.
2nd prize: A three-piece lounge suite.
3rd prize: A double door fridge/freezer.
4th prize: A sleeper couch.
5th prize: A Nokia 2110 cell phone (second hand) with car kit, personal hands-free-system, walk-and-talk headset, desktop twin charger, two car chargers, leather pouch and a spare battery
6th prize: A Nokia 2110 cell phone (second hand) with car kit, hands-free-kit, car charger, leather pouch and spare battery.

The Lucky Draw will take place on February 28, so there's not much time left.

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence or negotiation will be entered into. The prizes cannot be exchanged for cash and the winner is responsible for their collection in Mandeni.

Make sure to state your name, address and phone number clearly so that you can be contacted if you are a winner.

Their address is: Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard, P O Box 440, Mandeni 4490

The Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard is raising funds on the Internet for the Blessed Gérard's Children's Home in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal. Among the home's young residents is Mxolisi (right). The home also cared for AIDS-orphan Musawenkosi (above). Both boys' stories are told on the brotherhood's website.

Photos courtesy of Gerard Lagleder OSB

THE SOUTHERN CROSS, Sunday, February 4, 2001

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