Raising funds for diabetes

Two fundraisers were held to support children suffering from diabetes who are unable to afford medical treatment.

17 December 2018 | Health

Anastacia De Klerk, organiser of diabetes fundraiser “We would also like to start to raise more awareness in Walvis Bay about type 1 and 2 diabetes.”

Leandrea Louw - A local philanthropist and the founder of the Walvis Bay Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (Stem) fair for girls, Anastacia de Klerk, hosted two fundraisers in aid of children suffering from diabetes.

The first was a civvies day where learners from various schools dressed in denim to support those suffering from diabetes. The children made a contribution of N$5 and the adults N$10. Schools like Flamingo Primary School, Kuisebmond Primary School, Duinesig Combined School, Flamingo Secondary School and Hokey Pokey Kindergarten participated in the civvies day. The second initiative was the selling of flowers and keyrings to various businesses and schools at N$40 each. Through these initiatives she managed to raise N$10 550, but is unfortunately not enough for her main goal therefore they’ll be hosting more fundraisers.

De Klerk who was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic in 2016 said she started the initiative to help raise funds for learners who cannot afford medical aid.

“In future we would also like to educate principals and teachers at the various schools about type 1 diabetes and also how to help children with type 1 diabetes in emergency situations. We have sent out surveys to all the schools in Walvis Bay to make sure how many school- going learners are affected by this disease as well as how many schools need to be educated about it. We would also like to start to raise more awareness in Walvis Bay about type 1 and 2 diabetes.”

“We are busy compiling a list of children suffering from diabetes who need financial assistance. According to that list we’ll then check who needs financial assistance the most.”

“The support for the fundraiser was good. We had a few sponsors but the local banks supported us quite well. We managed to sell 280 flowers and we’ll definitely do it annually. For next year we’ll host the fundraisers earlier to raise more money. This year a lot of schools couldn’t participate because they already had events happening or were busy with exams.

There are still key holders for sale at N$20 each. If there are any individuals or institutions who would like to support this cause by buying a key holder or who would like to make a donation they can contact Ms de Klerk at 081 352 7954 or [email protected]

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