Yesterday, WhizzKids United welcomed the MEC for Health Dr Dlhomo to the Health Academy in Edendale. The visit was part of the MEC’s road show through KZN.
Dr Dlhomo, who had not been able to attend the launch of the Edendale Football for Hope Centre in June, made time in his busy schedule to meet the people who make the Health Academy a success and see the impact it has made over the last four years in the Edendale community.
On the day we saw first-hand how busy his schedule and the excited crowd from WhizzKids United, Edendale Hospital and the District Department of Health had to wait for almost one hour for the delegation to arrive.
Due to this delay the presentation on WKU’s impact, given by the Hospital’s CEO Zanele Ndwandwe, had to be shortened in order to make sure the MEC still got to do what he really came for -interact directly with the youth at the Health Academy and get a feeling for why we change lives every day.
Our GameChangers presented their programme and the MEC got actively involved in the choreography. When he was invited by the GameChangers to take a penalty on our brand new pitch he didn’t hesitate for a second; it was rather difficult however to find a goalkeeper who would take on his challenge.
The fact that the MEC missed the penalty is not even worth mentioning. What is important however, is that Dr Dlhomo had the time to learn about our work and understand that the partnership between WKU and Department of Health is crucial for success on our mutual mission. Dr Dlhomo has already indicated that he wants to come back to WhizzKids United soon and get directly involved in our programmes. The kids would certainly welcome him with open arms. Let’s see if he finds time in his busy schedule again.