Young Bethal children learn about rare diseases and enjoy fun day

Ms Nikita Duvenage paints Lungelo Nkosi’s face on an awareness day for rare diseases at Precious Little Ones Day Care Centre on Wednesday, 28 February.

BETHAL – Ms Lelanie van der Merwe hosted an awareness day about rare diseases on Wednesday, 28 February at Precious Little Ones Day Care Centre.

Ms Van der Merwe also raised money for the non-profit organisation, Rare Diseases South Africa, that helps people with rare diseases.

Ms Lelanie van der Merwe with the children and teachers at Precious Little Ones Day Care Centre. They are (in front) Asipha Mtshali, Luitumezi Mulenga, Owethu Makhanya and Lungelo Nkosi. In the middle are Ms Marthie Mitchell, Ms Lelanie van der Merwe with her son MC and Ms Zanele Mtungwa. At the back are Ms Busi Zwane and Ms Jeanette Sikhosana.

The children took part in a coin collection during which they spelled the word “rare” with coins. They also had their faces painted and drew their hands to understand the message that people can use their hands to help one another.

Ms Van der Merwe’s son, MC, was diagnosed with a rare disease called tuberous sclerosis last year.

Getting treatment for MC is difficult because little information is known about his disease.

If you want to support Ms Van der Merwe’s cause, contact her at 082 385 4743.

  AUTHOR
Jana Oosthuizen

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