Random Acts of Kindness with Dis-Chem

Random Act of Kindness is set to support Botox clinics for children

Supporting the Forest Town School Foundation for Learners with Special Needs

The latest 702 and Dis-Chem Foundation Random Act of Kindness is set to support Botox clinics for children with cerebral palsy.

Thanks to the Random Acts of Kindness campaign aimed at distributing donations to worthy causes, the Forest Town School Foundation for Learners with Special Needs will be able to give children suffering with cerebral palsy the chance to use their fingers and gain better mobility.

Dis-Chem Foundation founder, Lynette Saltzman has pledged to donate R78 000 to help one of the three departments at the Forrest Town School in charge of administering the Botox treatment and physical therapy.

According to the school’s Grant and Donor Administrator, Marion Leatherbarrow, “We have children who would greatly benefit from this treatment, enabling them to use their fingers in a pincer grip, gain mobility in their arms and legs, and because drooling is less, children who were shunned because of the drooling are better socially integrated and as a result their self-esteem improves considerably.”

The Forest Town School Foundation for Learners with Special Needs is the only NGO in the country to provide this treatment free of charge as the majority of children at the school are fee exempt and not on medical aids.

The children who receive this treatment are particularly affected by severe muscular spasticity, Marion explains. Each child that has undergone the Botox for drooling treatment has shown significant improvement. Each treatment lasts for about three months.

We, together with Professor Lawrence Chait (Plastic Surgeon), conducted the first trials in the world in the use of the Botulinum Toxin in hands which were tightly clenched and not functional in the mid-1990s, says Marion. Subsequently, our findings were globally published and the treatment is now utilised world-wide.

In 2011, research was conducted on the use of Botox for drooling in children with cerebral palsy and the first clinic in the country was opened in our Speech Therapy Department, she says.

The Dis-Chem Foundation is a beneficiary of Dis-Chem Pharmacies' Benefits Programme, whereby members earn points on what they spend at Dis-Chem Pharmacies and a percentage of the value purchased is donated to the Dis-Chem Foundation. Points can be earned by using one of the many Dis-Chem Benefits cards available in Dis-Chem stores nationwide.

Background: Forest Town School was established in 1948 by a small group of parents who needed education, care and treatment for their children with cerebral palsy. Today, the school caters for learners with a wide variety of special educational needs. Some of the disabilities and difficulties that are catered for are: cerebral palsy, disability and difficulties caused by head injuries, learning difficulties ranging from mild to severe, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and epilepsy. The school motto is Arise. At Forest Town School children with difficulties and disabilities are given the opportunity, encouragement and expert support they need to arise and be the best they can be.

Anyone can nominate a charity or organisation that is in desperate need of help by visiting www.702.co.za

For more information visit www.foresttownschoolfoundation.co.za


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Lesedi La Batho grateful for the Random Acts of Kindness from Dis-Chem and 702

Lesedi La Batho grateful for the Random Acts of Kindness from Dis-Chem and 702

Lesedi La Batho community centre says Dis-Chem and 702's help is a blessing in disguise.

Dis-Chem Foundation steps in to help Wings of Inspiration Care Centre

Dis-Chem Foundation steps in to help Wings of Inspiration Care Centre

The organisation runs four different operations including an orphanage and sober home in Johannesburg.

Dis-Chem Foundation and Imbumba aim to reach thousands in sanitary towel drive

Dis-Chem Foundation and Imbumba aim to reach thousands in sanitary towel drive

This week, hundreds of girls at the David Makhubo Secondary School in Kaalfontein received sanitary towels though the initiative.

702 and Dis-Chem Foundation help feed hungry children

702 and Dis-Chem Foundation help feed hungry children

702 in partnership with the Dis-Chem Foundation help feed hungry children

The Dis-Chem Foundation and 702 help Penelopele fill hungry tummies

The Dis-Chem Foundation and 702 help Penelopele fill hungry tummies

The Dis-Chem Foundation and 702 help Penelopele fill hungry tummies.

702 and Dis-Chem Foundation donate wheelchairs to CHB Academic Hospital

702 and Dis-Chem Foundation donate wheelchairs to CHB Academic Hospital

702 and Dis-Chem Foundation donate wheelchairs to Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

Popular articles
'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

Is biology putting the brakes on your sexuality? Callers share their experiences of sex and growing older.

'Some weed plants with high levels of chemicals have been linked to psychosis'

'Some weed plants with high levels of chemicals have been linked to psychosis'

Naked Scientist, Chris Smith shares his insights on some of the risks associated with smoking marijuana.

How to get rich by investing in smoking hot US and Canadian dagga shares

How to get rich by investing in smoking hot US and Canadian dagga shares

Returns of 500% are not unheard of. Is this another crypto-like bubble? Not in the least, says Financial Advisor Warren Ingram.

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv has lost about 140 000 Premium subscribers to Netflix over the past two years, tech expert Arthur Goldstuck.

ANC Tshwane gives mayor ultimatum on non-compliant buildings

ANC Tshwane gives mayor ultimatum on non-compliant buildings

ANC in Tshwane has given the Executive mayor Solly Msimanga 48 hours to produce occupation certificates for three buildings.

[LISTEN] 'Lesufi has been attacking Afrikaans schools since 2014'

[LISTEN] 'Lesufi has been attacking Afrikaans schools since 2014'

The Freedom Front Plus says the Gauteng Education MEC has flouted school language policies and is destroying Afrikaans.

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

What does Citadel’s famed disciple of contrarian, deep-value investing Dr Adrian Saville hope for (and fear) about money?