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702 and 947 Presenters Take On Spirit of Lead SA

Written by: Dianne Mc Alpine

947 and 702 presenters selected charities to lend their support to this year and it has made a massive difference to a variety of organisations. Here's a look at our top presenter causes....

John Robbie #Proud2Be an Organ Donor

If there is one presenter that wholeheartedly rallies behind a cause it is 702's John Robbie. He is always speaking up for a great cause, and this year he put his thumbs up for the Organ Donor Foundation.

After signing up to become an organ donor, he urged 702 listeners to find out more about becoming organ donors too. By becoming an organ donor you can potentially save 7 lives!

“I’ve signed up to become an Organ Donor with the Organ Donor Foundation SA. This is how I help make a difference, by contributing to the better good of the world.”

John Robbie

To date John has motivated over 750 (check) individuals to register as donors. Through the 'Save 7 Lives' campaign and Mandela Day, John showed his unwavering support for the cause.

In September, John received a call from Cindy Dladla, mother to 10-year-old Philasande, who urgently needed a heart transplant.

The waiting list for a heart transplant was too long, but doctors suggested that a mechanical heart operation was their only option. However, their medical aid refused to authorise the operation.

John put a call out on-air and within moments the medical aid agreed to fully cover the operation. Thanks to John's dedication, the love of a mother and the expertise of doctors, Philasande is now a healthy and active boy.

He is the first child in Africa to receive a mechanical heart transplant.

Philasande still needs a heart transplant and this will only be possible through organ donation.

To find out more about organ donation or to sign up to The Organ Donor Foundation SA, visit odf.org.za or call their toll-free helpline on 0800 22 66 11, between 09:00-16:00 daily.

Gugs and Sizwe Speak up About Mental Health Issues

702's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo work with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) to raise awareness with listeners about mental health.

They selected SADAG in their drive to support organisations who are working to change lives and heal the minds of South Africans.

SADAG is Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group. It is a non-profit organisation that relies on donations from the public to continue its work.

To find out more about SADAG and how you can support them, visit www.sadag.org. If you need help, contact the relevant helpline that SADAG offers.

Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline - 0800 70 80 90

Destiny Helpline for Youth & Students - 0800 41 42 43

Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Line - 0800 12 13 14 (SMS 32312)

Suicide Crisis Line - 0800 567 567 (SMS 31393)

SADAG Mental Health Line - 011 234 4837

Akeso Psychiatric Response Unit 24 Hour - 0861 435 787

Stacey Norman Leads SA with Dignity Dreams

Dignity Dreams is an incredible NGO that is restoring the dignity of young girls by ensuring that their personal hygiene requirements are met.

The organisation distributes drawstring bags to underprivileged girls and women in South Africa that contain six re-usable sanitary pads, 3 pairs of underwear, instructions and a Ziploc bag for soiled goods. It ensures that they are able to attend school, university or work without interruption.

On Menstrual Hygiene Day, which was celebrated in 28 May, Dignity Dreams and Community Hours hosted 'Girls Daring to Dream' and invited Stacey to speak about the empowerment of girls and women, a cause that is close to her heart.

To find out more about Dignity Dreams, visit www.dignitydreams.com and for details about Community Hours, visit www.communityhourssa.co.za.

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