THE Herald published a very positive and informative article about the Smile Madiba Bay clinic for children ("Children's clinic runs on dignity and smiles", October 9). At the very end of the article, it was said the clinic needed funds to continue functioning fully.
I have heard the response to the article was very positive and I'm really thrilled for the clinic.
However, the staff are working without remuneration. Unfortunately love and dedication to children will not buy food for their families or shoes for their children.
The youngest group of children (three years) at the centre have already been sent home until funds accrue and we all know the importance of the foundation phase for education. People who have listened to Oprah Winfrey talk about giving have commented how it illuminated their lives – wonderful! Do it!
There is money in Port Elizabeth. I see every day many very young people driving the latest models of very expensive cars – so their families have the money to give the cars to them.
At Operation Smile Madiba Bay not a cent gets wasted and there is no back pocket into which the money can disappear. So I am asking you, the public with wallets, do not let the clinic down – these children are sick and they belong to all of us.
Please consider helping and you will feel wonderful! If you are interested in further details about the clinic or its community projects, please contact Maureen Lamb, the director of projects and administration at the clinic, 9 Northwood Road, Mount Croix, Port Elizabeth, tel (041) 3733072 or e-mail email@example.com
Ora Nell, Operation Smile Madiba Bay volunteer, Port Elizabeth