Not just any day

Sunday 14 April was a very special day in the children's ward at Groote Schuur Hospital. A group of twenty people, visiting the Western Cape to walk a trail through the Cederberg, visited the ward to hand us a cheque for R 750 000. This donation is for the purchase of anti-retroviral agents that we will be using to treat HIV and AIDS amongst the children attending our HIV clinic.

This money has come a long way. Towards the end of 2000, a number of health care workers in our HIV/AIDS service came to the conclusion that in Africa, there would never be enough money to deal with the many consequences of the AIDS epidemic. Because of this conviction, we founded the Kidzpositive Family Fund, with the purpose of raising funds for the support of mothers, children and families affected by the epidemic. In the course of 2001, we were registered as a Section 21 Company under the Companies Act, and recently also as a non-profit organisation with the Department of Social Development.

The British charity, the One to One Children's Fund raises money in a very interesting way. The Fund organises 'treks' through many different parts of the world. Each participant of a 'trek' must pay his or her own way and also raise two thousand British pounds in sponsorship. The money raised from sponsors is donated to a specific charitable project. In this way, One to One is already funding an orphanage in Kosovo and a cr�che in the Vrygrond squatters' camp. The reader should visit their Web site to see what other projects these Samaritans also support.

This week the 'trekkers' are in the Cederberg. As I write, every step they take is helping us to fight HIV infection in our patients. As you read this, they will just have come to the end of their trail. In their passing, these visitors have changed our lives forever: Now, at last, we are properly armed.

David Altschuler, chairman of the One to One Children's Fund hands over a cheque to Colleen Hermanus, treasurer of Kidzpositive

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