Well-wishers have come up to assist baby Bridget George (2) after the story of her parents’ plea for assistance to seek medical attention in South Africa was published by NewsDay earlier this week.
Francisca Mandeya, Inkanyezi Band member and Civic Education Network Trust national administrator said she was working tirelessly to mobilise resources for baby Bridget’s trip for medical attention and urged more Good samaritans to come forward and assist.
Mandeya said she was touched by the parents’ plea and posted messages seeking assistance on her Facebook.
“As a mother who sings about children’s rights and believes in justice and dignity for the marginalised, I found myself being compelled to act and until the child gets enough I am not resting,” Mandeya said.
“Passports are to be taken next week and we will try to get a waiver of the waiting period.” She said.
As a result of Mandeya and other people’s assistance, her mother now has an ID and efforts to assist in her travelling to South Africa are in progress.
“I told my friends about this two days ago through Facebook. So far I have donations from my 11-year-old nephew in Canada, Kundai Macheka my sister’s son, Christina Mandeya, my junior from St Ignatius Lawson Mashiri and my friend from Bonda Girls High and St Ignatius College Felistas Dafi-Dhliwayo,” Mandeya said.
“I also sought to confirm the budget which the mother had given me as R3000; but upon further investigation, she needs two passports at $253 and other groceries,” said Mandeya.
Mandeya said she was grateful for the assistance she received from Stanbic Bank management who enabled Bridget’s parents to open an account with their bank into which well-wishes can make financial donations. Below are the details of the account:
Account name: Benedict Makumbe
Account number: 0240066358001
Bank Name: Stanbic Samora Machel Branch
Branch code: 3115
Sort Code : 1002
Address: 59 Samora Machel Avenue , Harare.
Swift Code: SBICZWHX