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A day to remember

14 January 2014

Thousands of litres of fresh water goes to waste Patrick Monyobo patrick@tametimes.co.za

WORKING TOGETHER FOR CHILDREN: Mr Gary Norton (Marist Brothers High School Principal), Mr Fernando Correia, Mrs Dina Correia (organiser of the Reflections Art Exhibition) and Rene Parker (representative from Lerato Educational Centre). On 3 December 2013, Marist Brothers Linmeyer opened their doors and hearts to the children of the Lerato Educational Centre (LEC). The High School’s entrepreneurs raised funds on their Open Day in order to host a fun day for LEC’s children. The children were spoilt with everything a child dreams of: jumping castles, Father Christmas, clowns, fairies, sweets, candy floss and popcorn. The children had lots to do and were running from one activity to the

next; making necklaces and enjoying the slip and slides and water games. Laughter and happy faces made it a day that both staff and the children will never forget. During the morning, Dina Correia, on behalf of ‘Reflections’ Art Exhibition, also handed over a cheque to LEC. “A very big thank you to our artists, Fired Earth Ceramics and the High School staff at Marist Brothers Linmeyer for making a difference in the lives of the children at LEC,” Correia said.

Genpek in Alrode put a call through to tame TIMES with a complaint about water running onto their premises. On tame TIMES’ arrival at the Genpak offices at 17 Potgieter Road, Eleze Roeloffze showed how thousands of litres of clean water goes to waste. According to Roeloffze they have been reporting this problem since December last year, but all the municipality does is keep promising them that the problem will be attended to. Roeloffze explained that the water comes from a leaking pipe next to the wall of Genpek’s premises. She further stressed that the water on their premises doesn’t make it

easy for employees and clients to access the building and that it’s very embarrassing. tame TIMES went to the municipal offices with Reinhardt Venter from Genpek. We were referred to and given the office number of a specific gentleman who was not at office at the time. At the time of going to print no one at the office has responded and the office line given still rang unanswered. Genpek pleads with relevant authorities to give some attention to their query and resolve this problem, as they have waited far beyond what can be considered as a reasonable time.

Christmas day food hampers Every year CMR Alberton hand out food hampers to needy families in greater Alberton. Last year was no exception and despite desperate times, we received donations to once again make it possible. Packing these parcels is a mammoth task. God not only provided the food but also volunteers to assist in packing the food in neat parcels. It is times like this that you must stand back and appreciate the work that God does in our lives every day. CMR Alberton would like to thank every donor and volunteer in 2013 and wish all the best to each and every one for 2014. May this be a blessed year.

For more information contact Ankia Jooste: 011 907 2922 www.cmralberton.org.za www.committedtocare.co.za

WATER WASTAGE: Water lining the parking lot has now started to grow dangerously slippery and hazardous algae.

Save a life: become a committed blood donor To become a safe blood donor you must:

Be between the ages of 16 and 65, Weigh 50kg or more, Eat a meal prior to donating blood, Lead a sexually safe lifestyle, Consider your blood safe for transfusion to a patient. Do not give blood if your lifestyle is risky. This would include:

If you’ve had more than one sexual partner in the past six months. If you’ve had sexual contact with someone whose sexual background is unknown to you. If you have contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD’s) such as HIV or syphilis, that can be passed on to a patient through your blood. If you have ever injected yourself with drugs If you just want to give blood in order to get an AIDS test. The blood donation process:

Complete a self-exclusion questionnaire to assess your health status. Your blood pressure, pulse and HB levels will be checked to further ensure that you are healthy enough to donate blood. Once all the pre-checks are done, you will be able to donate. All material used in the donation process is new and all needles are disposed of once

they are used. Approximately 480ml is taken at each donation. You will be served juice and biscuits, this is to assist your body to replace fluids. This whole process takes about 30 minutes. What are the main blood groups?

The two most important blood group systems are the ABO system and the Rhesus (Rh) system. Within the ABO system, people can be one of four types: A, B, AB, O. Within the Rh system, people can be either Rh positive or Rh negative. Each system is inherited independently, therefore there are eight main groups. Group O is known as the universal blood type. It can be given to patients of any blood group. It is therefore the most valued blood group. A single unit of blood may help as many as three patients. Blood is as perishable as it is precious Less than 1% of South Africans are active blood donors. A unit of blood only lasts 42 days after donation, and for this reason it is important for blood donors to donate regularly. Donors can give blood as often as every eight weeks. The lives of all patients in need of blood and blood components depend on the generosity of our donors.

tame TIMES supports the SANBS. Visit www.sanbs.org.za for more information on blood donation.

Tame times alberton 14 jan 2014  

Tame times alberton 14 jan 2014

Tame times alberton 14 jan 2014  

Tame times alberton 14 jan 2014

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