Sharon van Sitters is a mom with a son who has been recently diagnosed with anaphylaxis.
Due to the high cost of an auto-injector and financial constraints, she desperately tried to obtain one for her son at no cost. With much persistence and luck, she did, and was extremely grateful to one of the doctors at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for helping her to acquire an Epi-Pen through this emotionally straining process. The entire journey with their child’s medical condition, made her and her husband want to give something back to the hospital and allergy community to be able to help more under-privileged children with anaphylaxis.
Sharon realised how little awareness and understanding there was around anaphylaxis and how uninformed people were in her community regarding the severity of it. She contacted The Children’s Hospital Trust and AFSA for some help with an awareness campaign and fundraising ideas. Her main goal is to raise funds, selling beaded bracelets for anaphylaxis awareness, with 100% of the donations to all go to the Allergy Clinic at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, for more EpiPens to become available to those families who desperately need them. This initiative could save many lives as some families with anaphylaxis do not even have funds for the taxi fare to hospital and back let alone for an auto-injector which costs over R1000! AFSA is helping Sharon – through #GivingTuesday – to run a campaign to help her to kick-start her beaded bracelet project. Please help Sharon to make a difference in South Africa by donating to this worthy and much needed cause. #healingchildren #bridgingthegap @chtrust1 @RCWMCH @SAallergy