From 28 to 30 October, Professor André Venter, Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician from the University of the Free State, lectured parents, teachers and health professionals on autism, as well as diagnosing children with disabilities.
Prof. Venter provided each of the 12 children he diagnosed with a referral letter, which will enable these children to receive further help from the state hospital doctors and occupational therapists. These diagnoses will also help the children’s parents to get governmental grants and pensions. The consultations were done after hours at the Life Hospital. The organisers would like to thank Mrs Chrisna Krynauw for the use of the sessional doctors rooms.
Mrs Mary Moeketsi from Autism South Africa, attended the function held on Monday evening for the health professionals. Mrs Moeketsi regularly visits the Mkhondo Autism Support Group to help and advise the parents and caretakers. To help finance the 3-day event, the Support Group sold raffle tickets for R20-00 each.
Prof. Venter did the draw and the winners are as follows: First prize of a timeshare week accommodation – Mr Oscar Dlamini. Second prize of a camping chair – Mrs Anita Steyn. Third prize of R500-00 cash – Mr Lindokuhle Mkhaliphi. The Mkhondo Autism Support Group would like to thank all the community members who supported them by buying raffle tickets.
The Support Group would also like to thank the following businesses for their financial support and sponsorship: S.A. Natural Products (the manufacturers of Bio- Strath) and Flordis (the manufacturers of Eye-Q and Keen Mind) for their generous financial support; Metagenics for the lucky draw products; GUDGU for sugar-free cordials; Pick n Pay Liquors for the wine; Piet Retief Pharmacy for the still water; Mica Hardware Piet Retief for their financial support; TWK Agri’s Nursery for decorating the Wellspring Church and Ralph Rabe for taking photos.
We wish to thank Excelsior Printers for the printing of the invitations and Chantelle and Esté for attending the functions, taking photos and their articles in the Excelsior News. Mrs Isabeau Kotze, an old friend of Prof. Venter from his Oshakati army days, hosted Prof. Venter, for which we are grateful.