Hutz Medical and Jabulani Kingdom spread Christmas Cheer in local Paediatric Wards

One hot summer’s day each December, one Hutz employee dons a Father Christmas suit. He, accompanied by a team of fellow employees, has the privilege of spreading some Christmas cheer amongst the children of the local government hospitals in and around Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage.

The residents of the local Uitenhage Provincial, Port Elizabeth Provincial, Dora Nginza and Livingstone Hospital Paediatric Units are the recipients of this act of goodwill, where the real winners are the team that get to spread some joy and see smiles of the faces of these children.

“We use this opportunity to give back to the community, with this initiative now in its 11th year. As we manufacture and supply medical equipment, Hutz Medical decided to concentrate on an initiative where we can reach those children less fortunate and provide a laugh and giggle in their sometimes prolonged and frightening hospital stay,” commented Wolfgang Hutz, Chairman of Hutz Medical.

Armed with a backpack for each child containing amongst other items a soft toy, puzzle, Rubick’s cube, colouring-in book and stationery pack, a full toiletry bag and some sweet treats, the Hutz Medical team yesterday joined Reach For A Dream’s Jabulani Kingdom entertainers on a mission to make a difference in the lives of some very sick children.

The Jabulani Kingdom entertainers provide one of the best types of medicine available to children today – laughter! Based on the “Patch Adams” concept, they enter the hospital ward with their humourous nature and entertain the children. Performing magic tricks, sculpturing balloons and telling jokes, the hours whizz by as the Jabulani Kingdom clowns work their magic!

2015 saw the Jabulani Kingdom clowns teaming up with the Hutz Medical team for the first time, ensuring happy children who for just a while could forget where they are and the sometimes painful procedures they need to endure.

The response from the children and their parents is astounding and in some cases very humbling. “I spent some time with a little boy of about six years old and saw his delight in unpacking the bag and revealing all his treasures! When I was ready to move on, he thanked me for letting me play with the toys and tried to hand them back to me. I had the joy of explaining that they were his, to keep…” shared Christene Kleyn, Brand Manager.

“We will continue to support our local community in the only way we know how – by providing quality medical equipment to supply to local, national and international health projects - and ensuring that each December, without fail, we are there to share a hour or two of fun with the children,” concluded Mr Hutz.