Special treat for M’Plain CHC staff

Lentegeur musician D’Low serenades Aafiyah therapist Amienabie Harnekar, from Eastridge.

Mitchell’s Plain Community Health Centre (CHC) staff were treated to an appreciation sit-down meal at West End Primary School on Friday May 28.

Various businesses, community groups, including the African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Beacon Valley, individuals like musician D’Low, from Lentegeur, and aafiyah therapist Amienabie Harnekar, from Eastridge, and those selling commission earned products, answered the day hospital’s staff wellness coordinators’ call for help to say thank you to the front line workers.

Sisters in Dance Zoë Malotane and Jeandra Manuel had guests on their feet and Checkers sponsored the snacks.

Pictured clockwise, from left, are Mymona Allie, from Grassy Park, Laylah Smedley, from Rylands, Faiza Sasman and Zurayda Jaffer, from Grassy Park.

The 24-hour Eastridge facility is predominantly nurse-driven and supported by doctors. They also have the services of physiotherapy, radiography, dietetics, cleaning staff and administrators.

Social worker Rene Daniels said during the Covid-19 pandemic staff faced fear and anxiety daily, while putting their lives and those they love in harm’s way.

Mitchell’s Plain Community Health Centre (CHC) nurse Belinda Arendse, social worker Rene Daniels, human resource staffer Jamie-Lee Baker, admin intern Nabeelah Saiet and dietician Quanita Salaam.

“We wanted staff to feel appreciated and validated,” she said.

Pictured at the back is Mitchell’s Plain Community Health Centre (CHC) dietician Taryn Kriel, from Pelican Park. In front, from left, are general assistant Jolene August, from Lotus River, nurse Yolanda Parsons, from Lentegeur, general assistant Amanda Jacobs, from Bayview, housekeeper Shameemah Arendse, from Lentegeur, and general assistant Rosemary Gouws, from Tafelsig.

“This is our way of saying thank you for being unselfish, going the extra mile and living out of the profession of bringing healing in a world that needs a sense of hope,” said Ms Daniels.