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The Netcare Group has launched a major
community relief project in support of the people of KwaZulu-Natal who have
been impacted by the recent floods in the region.

As part of the initiative, members of the
public are invited to donate blankets, canned and other non-perishable foods, bottled
water, sanitary products, nappies and warm clothing to help alleviate some of
the immediate physical hardships people are facing in the wake of the floods.
These items can be dropped off at any Netcare hospital, Netcare 911 base,
Netcare Medicross, Netcare Prime Cure or Netcare Akeso facility.

“We call on everyone in South Africa, as
well as those beyond the borders of our country, to do everything we can to
assist people who have lost so much to this natural disaster. Let our actions
show how much we feel for those in need during this time of absolute devastation,
says Mande Toubkin, general manager emergency, trauma, transplant and CSI at

“To those who have lost family members and
loved ones, the roof over their heads and what little they had, we are mindful
of the pain and anguish you are suffering, and we are with you in heart and
soul. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you during this difficult time. We are,
as always, here to support you through this crisis with empathy and compassion,”
she added.

Toubkin says the Netcare Foundation has
donated 400 blankets.

“However, the need in KZN is considerable,
and we must move fast to get help to those in need as soon as possible,”
Toubkin added.

Netcare operations countrywide will collect
the donated items and will ensure that all donations are distributed to the communities
in need in the flood ravaged areas.