We are passionate about making life better for others, which is why we support a number of initiatives that have the ability to change lives. While we are actively involved in various surgeries for indigent patients, Life Healthcare also donated wheelchairs to Wheelchair Tennis SA and supported The Sunflower Fund, Move-it Matters, mobile screening units for Rheumatic Heart Disease, mobile libraries, Habitat for Humanity, the Desmond Tutu Foundation and has even supplied water play pumps to charities for children.
Surgery for indigent patients
Following the doctor marketing survey we conducted in 2015, there was an ardent call from Life Healthcare specialists to perform more pro bono surgery. These surgeries have taken the form of cataract surgery and Operation Healing Hands.
Since 2006, 1,213 pro bono cataract surgeries have been performed in Life Healthcare hospitals, to fulfil the ethical responsibility of the private healthcare sector in closing the economic gap of patients in need of surgery.
Operation Healing Hands
A group of doctors formed this Section 21 company to undertake pro bono surgery.
We supported the International Mandela Day launch of Operation Healing Hands by sponsoring theatre time, ICU and hospital ward stay for underprivileged patients receiving surgery.
The team of 10 surgeons and anaesthetists operated at Life Eugene Marais Hospital and Life Groenkloof Hospital in Pretoria.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa
Did you know?
South Africa is one of only three nations globally to have wheelchair tennis players in the top 15 of the sport’s five categories.
Wheelchair Tennis SA is an NPO established to develop wheelchair tennis in South Africa. It offers community programmes to more than 500 athletes in 50 centres across nine provinces.
Life Healthcare sponsored two wheelchairs with protective travel cases and consumables of tyres and tubes for a year for two of SA’s top athletes in their respective categories.
International Mandela Day 2016: The Sunflower Fund
The Sunflower Fund is an NPO dedicated to creating awareness about and facilitating the sign-up process to the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR). The Sunflower Fund pays for the cost of the tests when people join the registry.
In keeping with the spirit of International Mandela Day, we donated 67 blood tissue sample tests.
Move-It, Moving Matters
- Move-It, Moving Matters is a South African response to a global call to action to get children moving.
- This programme promotes physical activity in a regular, quality, systematic and coherent way.
- It is held at four disadvantaged schools in Johannesburg: Houghton Primary School, Yeoville Boys’ Primary School, Yeoville Community School and Salvazione Christian School.
- We have committed to donating R2,838,600 to this project over a period of four years.
- Year 1: R273,600 (FY2014)
- Year 2: R581,400 (FY2015)
- Year 3: R855,000 (FY2016)
- Year 4: R1,128,600 (FY2017)