Surgeons for little lives | Kwalata Adventure Camp Dinokeng Game Reserve, Gauteng
Children from the paediatric surgical unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto joined us again for a weekend of fun and exploration. This is the second year that we have hosted a camp with Surgeons for little lives. It is so gratifying to see children who have experienced the pain and trauma of major surgery joining in all the fun camp activities, enjoying being away from the hospital and putting those painful memories of their surgery behind them. Also experiencing the fun of camp were the Bara Hospital staff and volunteers from the paediatric surgical unit who enthusiastically participated in all the programme activities and were quite amazed how differently their young patients reacted away from the hospital environment and their doctors and nurses. The staff commented on the happy smiles and loved observing their young patients being just kids again.
A note from Noluthando Shabi a member of the Surgeons for little lives team: “A special thanks to the Just Footprints Foundation and Lize Van Vuuren (Camp Director) for working with us in organising this camp for our sick patients. We are really grateful for all you have done for our patients and we wish you all the best as you grow!!! Please check them out on their Facebook page or website www.justfootprints.org.za they are really doing an amazing job! “
Our Camp Footprints model is based on intentional learning and play through fun activities, and the daily camp programme was as always filled with games, sport, drumming and water activities. Camp Teamwork is an essential element at camp where the campers are divided into body check groups for the duration of the camp and learn to respect and depend on one another and to work together as a team. Each camper receives a group camp photograph, a Camp Footprints ‘Attendance at Camp Certificate’ and a ‘Super Camper’ award to take home.
Based at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, Surgeons for little lives is run by a small group of Paediatric Surgeons, and ordinary people, who are passionate about uplifting the lives of less fortunate South African children, in need of life changing surgery and with a powerful commitment to saving the lives of sick children. This dedicated group’s mission is to raise the level of care given to young patients served by the Department of Paediatric Surgery in Greater Gauteng and its surrounding provinces to world class standards.