- Actions speak more loudly than words, Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane are acting to save lives
- The pair have launched an NGO, Shout SA, which aims to raise money for masks for hospital workers and patients
- They are working with SMD Technologies to source and raise money for surgical and specialist maks
Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane, co-founders of Shout SA are planning on raising money to buy masks for essential health workers and patients.
Briefly.co.za learned that Shout SA is working with SMD Technologies to raise money for the Shouts4Masks campaign, which they launched on Friday.
Danny K said of the campaign: “There is a crying need to protect those who are protecting us — our front line heroes. Battling valiantly against Covid-19 our health care sector needs our support right now as the supply of masks dwindles. It’s getting desperate. Here at Shout SA we have a voice, why not use it to shout out to our fellow countrymen to help secure more masks?”
“We are calling on all our fellow musicians and celebrities to get behind this to inspire and unite the nation to help get proper safe masks for those that need them most. For both patients and our most vulnerable communities, I am relieved that we are able to spread a protective front for both.”
The campaign aims to make it possible for corporate South Africa and normal citizens to donate towards packs of masks that are for a combination of specialist and surgical applications.
A R100 donation would secure a pack for a hospital. SMD Technologies has sources masks directly from factories at cost price, meaning the donations would go towards the masks and not a third party.
Sunday Times reported that SMD Technologies made the following statement:
“With the dire shortage of masks in our hospitals, doctors and patients are at risk. We had to find a way to afford them quality masks with no compromise on safety and no profiteering. For the greater good of our country. This is about all of us,” said Avi Mishan, MD at SMD Technologies.
“If our doctors get sick, they can’t take care of the sick and may even infect them. Patients in turn also need protection from each other. When a patient walks in without a mask they risk themselves and others.
“This could lead to the collapse of the medical system. Shout4Masks has called on all companies to urgently help fund these protective masks at scale and so the might of Corporate SA has also been empowered to lend a powerful hand to turn the tide in the battle against this invisible Covid-19 enemy with special corporate tiers,” the organisation said.
“These tiers are hoping to create real momentum to crush the Covid-19 enemy by substantially bulking up protection, to make even more of a difference to hundreds of community hot spots and health care centres.
“These special corporate packages comprise R25,000 silver, R100,000 gold and R250,000 platinum that will release thousands of vital masks to save teams and even wards of health workers and patients from community field centres to clinics to hospitals across villages, towns and cities throughout the country,” it added.
Danny K said that South SA is a private NGO but would be prepared to work with the government.
“We are not opposed to connecting with the department of health. Government is doing its thing, we are also trying to lend a helping hand. When we have raised money, anyone, including government, will benefit,” Danny K said.
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