Psychiatric home holds cycle challenge to raise funds

Very nice coverage of the Bell of Hope event in the Roodepoort Northsider!


Invisible illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorders and mental disorders, are very difficult to understand, for the sufferers and their loved ones.

Ebenezer Psychiatric Home in Witpoortjie, Roodepoort is an establishment which lies at the heart of this issue. Here, people with mental disabilities in need of care are homed and supported by carers, psychiatrists and social workers.

Most residents were previously hospitalised at psychiatric facilities such as Tara, Sterkfontein and Weskoppies psychiatric facilities and have now been discharged. Although no longer receiving treatment at a psychiatric facility, these patients still require assistance. At Ebenezer these patients receive that assistance and the necessary support.

The home has been under a tremendous amount of financial strain in recent years, and to counteract this they began planning an awareness programme, Bell of Hope Cycle Challenge, the first of which was held last year at the Cradle of Humankind.

The home expected 200 entrants, but were overwhelmed by support and received more than twice as many entries.

The challenge is set to take place again on 25 May in honour of National Bipolar day on 26 May, and the home can do with as much community support as possible.

“We are looking for full sponsorship for the event,” said Kerry Von Buddenbrock, Ebenezer home resident and head of fundraising. “But to be completely honest, any help, donations or support would be greatly appreciated.”

Thanks for your support!

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