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Donate water to help support those in need when Day Zero arrives!

We call on the public to donate sealed 5 litre water bottles that can be distributed to our patients through our palliative care team.

Cape Town is currently experiencing a severe drought with level 6b water restrictions in place. Currently all residents of the greater Cape Town area have a water allowance of only 50 litres per day. The City of Cape Town recently announced that 12 April 2018 will be “Day Zero” when the City will no longer be able to supply water to residents and the taps will run dry. After some disaster relief plans were implemented the City now estimates that Day Zero will be 9 July 2018.  When this happens people will have to queue for their 25 litre per day allowance at 200 water points in the region. But for those people with debilitating and life-limiting illnesses this will be an impossible task. At St Luke’s Combined Hospices we are doing everything we can to save and store water so that we can continue to care for our patients throughout Cape Town’s continued drought and despite the increased water scarcity. We have multiple water programs and strategic plans in place to ensure that our care services will not be interrupted during this period.

Every month St Luke’s Combined Hospices cares for over 900 patients at their homes who have life-limiting illnesses. Their lives and continued care are now severely threatened by the looming water crisis and Day Zero.

These patients are at the end of life and too frail to collect their own water. Many of them also do not have any close people who can go and collect water on their behalf. They therefore run a huge risk of not having any water after Day Zero hits.

Help us support those in need by donating water today!

How to donate water:

Your water donations of 5 litre sealed water bottles can be dropped off at your nearest St Luke’s Charity Shop.

Find your nearest St Luke’s Shop here:

For more information please contact us on 021 797 5335 or

If you are not able to drop off water you can donate to our water campign.

Donate R25 with SnapScan:

Donate R25 to our water campaign using the SnapScan code below. All money donated will be put towards buying bottles of water for distribution to our home based-patients and other water saving and water storage initiatives at our community hospices.

Donate via EFT:

Acc name: St Luke’s Combined Hospices
Bank: Nedbank
Acc No: 1051886309
Branch Code: 123209
Ref to be used: Water & surname

You can donate:

R25 = 1 x 5 litre bottle
R50 = 2 x 5 litre bottles
R75 = 3 x 5 litre bottles
R100 = 4 x 5 litre bottles
R150 = 6 x 5 litre bottles
R200 = 8 x 5 litre bottles
R250 = 10 x 5 litre bottles
Or any other amount. We appreciate all donations.

Thank-you for your continued support! Here are the details of some of our current water initiatives:

Water Donations
Water donations have steadily been coming in following the call for water donations through social media. Many members of the public have dropped off water at our various sites and in one instance a conference facility donated all of the leftover water from one of their conferences to St Luke’s. Having the water available to patients ensures that they have one less thing to worry about during these difficult times. One of our nurses told the story of one of our patients who has no next of kin. Our nurse took some water to her and told her that St Luke’s will be able to supply her with water. The nurse shared that there was a remarkable difference in the patient’s well-being following this as her anxiety lifted. This is just one of the examples of how your generous donations help support our patients. Thank-you to everyone who has donated water so far, we greatly appriciate every donation.

Uninterrupted services in the event of Day Zero
Over the past couple of weeks St Luke’s Combined Hospices have been consulting extensively with various stakeholders to ensure that none of our patient services are interrupted in the event of Day Zero. With input from our community hospices and guidance from the Provincial disaster management services, we have been able to devise three plans for each of our sites to ensure that we are covered for most eventualities. Our teams here at St Luke’s have been hard at work to realise the foundations of these plans and at this point we can give our patients and their families the assurance that Day Zero will not negatively impact on our service delivery. Our Kenilworth IPU, Lizo Nobanda MDR-TB site, community hospices and at-home patient care will continue as per usual.

St Luke’s Combined Hospices bringing NPO’s together to respond to Day Zero
On Wednesday, 14 February, St Luke’s Combined Hospices hosted a stakeholder engagement meeting where NPO’s from the health sector could learn more about the Provincial Government’s water preparedness plans for the health sector in the lead-up to the and in the event of Day Zero. A number of NPO’s attended and it proved a great opportunity to come together and also discuss how NPO’s could potentially assist each other in the event of Day Zero. St Luke’s is looking forward to collaborating with other organisations to tackle this challenge that we as civil society sector as a whole face.

St Luke’s invited to present its Day Zero plans at the Public Private Health Forum
The Department of Health invited St Luke’s Combined Hospices to present its Day Zero plans at the high profile Public Private Health Forum meeting on 23 Feb dedicated to a ‘Collective Approach to Water Resilience’. At the meeting various stakeholders could input on how best to build a ‘whole community’ response to the ongoing water crisis and potential Day Zero. St Luke’s was specifically invited to showcase its Day Zero plans which is an example of a bottom-up approach of an organisation tapping into community resources in order to face the limitations with limited government input.

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