Zimbabwe Aid Fund UK
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London Marathon - 26th April 2015
We are delighted that Tor Clausen will be representing the ZAF in this years London Marathon and raising much needed funds for the elderly. Please support Tor in this very worthwhile cause if you are able to do ... every donation counts no matter how small.
Tor Clausen: "I think the work that the Zimbabwe Aid Fund UK is doing is simply amazing - and so important! We read headlines in the news every day on how difficult the life of the elderly is here in the UK - I can only imagine how difficult it must be for the elderly in Zimbabwe. I have nothing but utmost respect for the more senior generation...
I'm a very positive and outgoing person and my glass tends to be half full rather than half empty. My motto in life really is quite simple: put a smile on someone's face everyday! A smile costs nothing...
I do have a strong passion for charity work which is also reflected in my professional career. Up until recently, I spent three years working full time in the fundraising department for an arthritis charity, so I'm well aware of the importance and the impact of the work charities do. In fact, I ran the Virgin London Marathon for them in 2013 ... As for my running time target, I wanted to run the marathon under 4 hours, but my official time was 4 hours and 1 minute!!!! I'm not going to lie, bit guttered, and my target is to do it under 4 hours on Sunday 26th April 2015!
I do love my running and I just feel so lucky and honoured to be able to help raise money for the ZAF whilst taking part in what I believe is the greatest marathon on earth! The crowds are amazing and the day is just so positive, uplifting and electric! I will also be running the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon on 15th March 2015 as part of my training.
I just want to say a big thank you to the Zimbabwe Aid Fund for allowing me to help support their work. And - please donate generously! I know for a fact that the blood, sweat and tears will be all worth it!
The Zimbabwe Aid Fund UK (ZAF) has been established for the purpose of raising desperately needed funds and the sourcing of medical equipment and consumables to support the destitute elderly in Zimbabwe.
ZAF Sponsors Rehabilitation Officer
The Zimbabwe Aid Fund is proud to sponsor the much needed services of Winifred Sipiwe, a very experienced rehabilitation officer.
Edith Duly Nursing Home has long been in need of a specialised rehabilitation officer, but tight budget constraints and the “brain drain” of people experienced in the field have meant that the services of such a person were far out of reach. But, in the back of everyone’s mind was the knowledge that if the Home was to offer the level of care expected, the lack of such a person was indeed a negative feature.
Our Home is the only Nursing Home in Zimbabwe that is registered with AHFOZ (Association of Hospital Funders of Zimbabwe) and as such, claims are processed for those lucky enough to be on Medical Aid when private Physiotherapists are called in. But what about the majority of residents who fall into the category of “no medical assistance”? Those stroke victims who have no avenue for specialised rehabilitation care? The numerous old dears who have broken limbs or hips and for whom there is no funding for operations?
When Wini approached our Home seeking employment after returning from 7 years in Botswana she was viewed as “Heaven Sent”. The offer of service by such a highly qualified and experienced person does not come to us often and it did not take management long to make a decision – employ her NOW and work on how to keep her! Wini has been contracted for twelve months due to the kind support of the Zimbabwe Aid Fund. It is sincerely hoped that we will not only be able to renew her contract, but that we will be able to offer her a permanent position.
In Wini’s words are the reasons we would want to keep this amazing lady in our employ.
“My first months at Edith Duly has been every exciting. Working with old people is a big challenge both psychologically and spiritually. I have learnt to adjust myself to suit their level and the conditions that they have. For the day to be pleasant, I must be patient and keep a smile on my face!
I enjoy working with the elderly and after having looked after my grandmother who passed on at the age of 93 in 2011, I realised that I wanted to give back to this sector of society. I had been working with children but on my return to Zimbabwe, I was ready for the change.
It is not always easy! They sometimes shout at me or say unkind things when exercise causes pain, but despite this, they need to be loved for the remaining years of their lives. I like to think that my natural patience and cheerful disposition will win them over!”
The plight of the elderly is one of the less publicised outcomes of Zimbabwes social, economic and political collapse. There are a number of facilities for the aged spread throughout Zimbabwe, most of which are dependent on various levels of external funding to survive.
Whilst the raising of funds for food is vital, of equal importance is the provision of medical services. Most of the medical facilities in Zimbabwe are run down. There is a lack of trained staff, a shortage of funds for medicines and consumables and most of the equipment is extremely old with many items being unserviceable as there are not the funds, skills or spare parts to repair them.