Strokes are one of the leading causes of death and disabilities in people over the age of 50. In South Africa it has been declared a catastrophic disease. Stroke survivors are often left with permanent physical disabilities and cognitive impairments. These survivors need extensive treatment and rehabilitation such as physical and speech therapy, counselling, and psychology leaving many families having to care for loved ones without the right support and financial means.
The Helderberg Stroke Support Group has been instrumental in helping to take care of people affected by strokes amongst the underprivileged communities in the Helderberg Basin over the past twenty years. They assist survivors and their families with this much-needed rehabilitation process.
Cape Talk in partnership with the Dis-Chem Foundation has recognized the invaluable support provided by this group and have donated R50 000 to help them with their immediate needs.
Lynette Salzman, Founder of the Dis-Chem Foundation, remarked that their pharmacies have a holistic approach to healthcare and she urged people to have their blood pressure and cholesterol levels tested at the stores because prevention is vital.
Breakfast Show Host, Kieno Kammies, spoke to Chairperson of the Helderberg Stroke Support Group, Marian Engelbrecht, about how donation will help them. Engelbrecht laughed with joy and exclaimed “That’s incredible”. She explained that even transporting their patients is problematic, with taxi’s and public transport incapable to transport those in wheelchairs.
Kammies thanked Lynette for the incredible support and urged listeners to help where they can by supporting local