‘Be The Change NMB’ coordinating emergency support for overwhelmed Nelson Mandela Bay Health Services

Staff at Dora Nginza Hospital in Zwide, Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB), yesterday with 25 litres of liquid hand soap and 25 litres of hand sanitiser donated to the hospital. A similar donation was made to Livingstone Hospital in Korsten, NMB, on Saturday.

“Be The Change NMB” started as a movement just over a week ago as the need for collaboration among various organisations, NPO/NGOs, and private relief initiatives into the overwhelmed Dora Nginza Hospital and other struggling public hospitals in Nelson Mandela Bay became very clear,” says founder Monica Dawson.

“Many [relief] services were overlapping, thus thinning out the necessary resources, time and energy to effectively address the medical state of emergency we find ourselves in,” she continues.

“The goal of Be The Change NMB is unity amongst all collaborating organisations, private citizens, concerned churches, faiths, and races that will hopefully extend past the reaches of Covid-19 to other collaborations into the future. We need to address this pandemic head-on as one if we are to overcome. It is going to take each and every one of us working in collaboration, as a unified team, to stem this haemorrhage.

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“Be The Change NMB aims to spread the GOOD NEWS that South Africa (and specifically Nelson Mandela Bay) is NOT broken beyond repair, even though many of her pillars have been exposed to be crumbling at this point in time. We have beautiful people who do Ubuntu and serve with LOVE well. There can and will be many good news stories to bring testimony to Jesus’ goodness and mercy from this time.
How we respond now determines how/what history is written,” says Dawson, urging local people to rise up and be the change.

Handover of a donation of 600×500ml bottle packs of aQuellé waters as well as 45 bags of naartjies to Livingstone Hospital medical staff last week. Local public hospitals have run out of Vitamin C which is used in the treatment of Covid-19 patients. A ton of oranges will be donated weekly by farmers in Fort Beaufort

How to help
You can connect with Be The Change NMB on Facebook: Be The Change NMN or Instagram: @be_the_change_nmb

And you can get involved or contribute to the relief effort in NMB through the options below which have been compiled by Be The Change NMB:

For Covid-19 Crisis Care:

Blanket & Bed Linen Drive
IAC Relief Projects
Absa Savings Acc
Acc no: 9227266117
Branch code: 632005
Ref: blankets nmb

Personal Protection Equipment
The Igazi Foundation
Investec Bank Limited
Cheque Account
Acc: 10011826409
Branch Code: 580105
Ref: PPE nmb

Zanethemba Charity Foundation
Standard Bank (Swift Code SBZA ZA JJ)
Acc: 080 417 337
Branch Code: 050017
Ref: PPE nmb

Nurse & Health Care Worker Care Packs:
The Exceptional Nurse Campaign
Acc: 1185539913
Ref: PPE nmb

Mama & Baby Care Packs:
Acc: 9323709615
Bank Clearing Code 632005

Drop-off for physical donations:

Kingfisher FM:
287 Main Road Walmer
7pm-9.30pm Mon-Fri
(Please drop on stoep)

Harvest Christian Church:
90 Albert Rd, Walmer

Fountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship:
22 Newcombe Avenue, Walmer Heights

Word of Faith Christian Centre:
William Moffett Expy and Lily Street, Mangold Park

The Salvation Army PE Central Community
91 Rose Street, Port Elizabeth
(Fri only)

Lighthouse Family Church
5 Frank Street, Newton Park

One Comment

  1. Absolutely brilliant! Thank you Monica for starting this platform. For long I (and I think a lot of people) have been wanting to help but not knowing how. This is so practical and positive.