“The Bistro team is making a difference and you are a part of this. Let's work hand in hand with Hospice Uganda,” says Jasjit Mangat, the proprietor of Bistro Restaurant
Hospice Africa Uganda partners with The Bistro Restaurant, Kampala, to raise funds to support critically ill patients
A popular Kampala restaurant has launched a unique fundraising campaign, #H2OSPICE, aimed at raising vital funds for Hospice Africa Uganda, an inspiring charity which cares for thousands of seriously illand dying people die in Uganda.
Customers of the Bistro Restaurant in Kisementi Square, Kololo, will be able to support the work of Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) by simply buying a bottle of water with their meal.
Through the #H2OSPICE campaign 500 UG shillings from the sale of every bottle of water at the Bistro will be donated to HAU, whose mission is that no-one in Africa dies in pain and distress.
The proprietor and Director of The Bistro, Jasjit Mangat, said the restaurant is delighted to be helping such a worthwhile charity.
“This campaign is very simple. Water is essential for life, and for longer life, so we thought a promotion whereby money from the sale of water would go to HospiceAfricaUganda would be effective and appropriate,” she said.
“We are letting our customers know that for every bottle of water they buy Hospice Africa Uganda will get 500 shillings. Based on our sales of water at the moment we expect to raise in the region of one million shillings for HAU a month – enough to care for 10 patients on their care programme. The more water our customers by the more we can support hospice.”
Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) was founded in 1993 by the inspirational Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Dr. Anne Merriman. Today HAU today treats on average of 2,000 people a month at its three centres in Mbarara, Kampala and Hoima. Care is delivered to patients in their homes, allowing them to die in dignity, peace and comfort surrounded by family and friends. The majority of patients suffer from cancer, HIV/AIDS, or a combination of both. About 20 per cent of patients are children.
HAU Chief Executive Director Dr Eddie Mwebesa thanked Bistro restaurant management for their support. “The money raised through this campaign will make a difference to many peoples lives. In Uganda people have to pay for health treatment, so the very poor often can’t afford to access services. This means when they do eventually get treatment their illnesses are very far advanced and cure is not an option. So palliative care is crucially important.
“Less than 5% of cancer patients in Uganda today have access to treatment, including surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. The focus therefore is very much on palliative care, whichensures that seriously ill people reach end of life pain free and in comfort.”
Hospice Africa Uganda also educates and trains healthcare workers from all over sub Saharan Africa in palliative care to undergraduate and postgraduate standard, thereby increasing the reach of palliative care in Africa.
Hospice Africa Uganda founder Dr. Anne Merriman appealed to people to support the campaign and to drop into The Bistro.
“It costs approximately US1million per year to fund our work and the charity depends entirely on the goodwill of donors to exist.”
It costs approximately $25 a week to fund the care of one patient on the HAU programme.