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Successful Registration day in Khayelitsha
The OLIVE LEAF Foundation Jamboree was held on the 14 and 15 March 2008 in Khayelitsha, Cape Town . The Jamboree was run in collaboration with Sassa, Home Affairs, City Health, Sanca and various role players from within the community of Khayelitsha. The Jamboree targeted children aged 0-18years old. Services that were on offer to the children were eye testing, immunizations, vitamin boosters shots, health screening, application for ID books, birth certificates and grants, HIV/AIDS education, drug awareness, VCT (Voluntary Counselling and Testing) and pregnancy testing. Each child that attended also received a meal.
The number of children reached was approximately 2000, all receiving a number of different services. 154 of the children identified will be undergoing further testing at Spec Savers and will possibly receive glasses donated by Spec Savers. The health screening facilitated by teh Department of Health managed to pick up a number of children suffering from high blood pressure, skin infections, ear infections and a number of other health concerns. Approximately 50 people tested to know their HIVstatus-which is a high figure for an event such as this.
Overall the event was a huge success and the OLIVE LEAF Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to Mr Hendricks from SASSA, John De Kock from Shoprite Checkers and ARK as they were integral in the planning and running of the event.
The OLIVE LEAF Foundation received positive feedback from the community and has decided to run the event again in August 2008. Notification will go out to all the schools in the area as well as the radio and the newspaper. If you or your organization would like to participate please feel free to contact the OVC Co-ordinator in Khayelitsha on +27 21 361 8158
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