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Help those on the Frontline- Smile Foundation asks businesses, public to step up in fight against COVID-19

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Johannesburg – Smile Foundation is appealing to businesses as well as individual members of the public to assist the medical professionals working tirelessly on the frontlines to combat the spread of the COVID-19 in South Africa. 

"President Cyril Ramaphosa, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and our government, have called on South Africa to unite and reduce the curve to overcome the virus. While we are heeding the call to remain in isolation, thousands of medical staff are putting their own health and well-being on the line in an effort to help treat the infected. We are urging you to assist these valued members of our society who require our continuous support," comments Hedley Lewis, CEO of Smile Foundation. 
He says donations are critical for helping hospitals with medical equipment, masks and gloves. 

Smile Foundation Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Marc Lubner says as the pandemic worsens, the organisation's call to assist will be greater than ever. 

"Unity is the key to overcoming this epidemic. As we have close relationships with both the National Department of Health, local departments of Health and the Academic Hospitals, we are also receiving requests for assistance for theatre scrubs for staff coming to the hospital to prevent infection, additional masks and equipment, Lubner continues by considering what would the wisdom of Madiba be in these times. He would want us to be "responsibly kind." Take precaution for yourselves but help others. Only through working in support of one another can we overcome! Let's acknowledge and thank the healthcare workers who put themselves at risk to care for us all! Whether this virus decimates our people or acts as the unification we South Africans want...is up to us!" 
Hedley says the organisation stands ready to help in any way it can in supporting the authorities and medical professionals in preventing the spread of this virus. 
"As you can see your support is more important than ever, and we urge you to consider your assistance to both our foundation and those on the frontline. This is the moment when humanity needs to unite, a moment when our country needs to unite, a moment when your contribution will have the greatest impact."

"We support and salute all doctors, nurses and care workers on the frontline of South Africa's battle against coronavirus." 
We have built a portal on the Foundations website – www.smilefoundation.co.za specifically to take donations from the public and corporates which has already seen an influx of donations since we have launched. Items have already been sourced and are being delivered. 
Donations can also be made via EFT:-
Smile Foundation,
Bank RMB (Use FNB for EFT's) 
Acc. No: 6219 302 6864,
Br Code 261251

Juan Badenhorst