The South African chapter of the Palestine Children Relief Fund (PCRF) are to host a gala dinner on the 5th September in a bid to raise funds towards the construction of a new hospital in the Gaza Strip. The project is fronted by the main body of the organisation in the US and aims to aid young Palestinians suffering from cancer.
The PCRF were established more than 23 years ago with the aim of providing specialised treatment to children in the Middle East. It is listed amongst the top ten charities in the U.S.
A local branch was launched around this time last year, and has since conducted two visits to the region, assisting young cleft lip and palate sufferers. In total around 18 to 20 patients were operated on at a facility in Lebanon.
“Until stability in the Middle East comes, and one day it will come, we feel that PCRF offers hope to these children,” said organisation representative, Dr Vincent Josephs.
Apart from operations in Palestine itself, PCRF also assists Palestinian, Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees situated in camps across Lebanon. All camps are accompanied by hospitals that do not receive funding from the local government, so the PCRF seeks to come in and provide assistance at these facilities. In addition, they provide local doctors with the training needed to upgrade their level of expertise.
The gala dinner is aimed at helping the PCRF spread its name on local front, enlightening the community as to its objects. All funds thereof will go towards the establishment of a cancer treatment hospital in Gaza called the Huda Al Masri Cancer Hospital.
“From Gaza alone the PCRF have treated over 22 000 children. If it weren’t for PCRF there would be very little treatment available for certain conditions,” he stressed.
Theme will be very much Palestinian orientated theme to the evening, and food will be authentically Palestinian. PCRF Chapter Coordinator, Sarah Alrayyes will be amongst those in attendance. Josephs urged the community to come on board and support their cause.
“Many people are frustrated with what’s happening in the Middle East and this is one of the ways in which you can help in a positive way. This is certainly a way you can become positively involved, and we encouraged people to do that,” he added.
The event takes place at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre, at Buitekant Street, Cape Town. Tickets cost R180 per individual and can be acquired by contacting Abdeyah Fredericks at 071 963 8828. The event will only cater to 200 people and tickets are down to the last few. VOC