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To prevent and relieve sickness and injury, and to act to enhance the health and well-being of people anywhere in the world… Healthcare can become difficult, terrifying, and infuriating, but at its very core, that’s what it is. It’s about taking care of the sick and the wounded. About being a balm to all the hurt and harm going around.
Though it has a long and intricate history, that’s what the Order of St John has always been about. When, at the beginning of 19th century Britain, workers were getting into gruesome accidents in their new industries, British members of the Order found a way to help by training ordinary workers in first aid and setting up an ambulance service.
Fast forward a few hundred years and move your map a little and St John Bloemfontein is continuing the good work. Qualified volunteers form part of the ‘brigade’ which stand by at school sports events on weekends to ensure that competent carers are available until the necessary care arrives. The centre’s Eye Clinic offers eye tests and spectacles to South Africans without medical aid for a fraction of the actual costs, meaning that blurry vision isn’t as terrifying as it would be otherwise.
Add in heaps of other community health projects, food gardens and training, and you’ll start to get a small idea of all Jill Mludek (centre manager) and her team do.
Their main source of income is from providing level 1 through 3 first aid training to individuals and businesses. This, Jill explains, is what enables them to further their many unpaid community projects. These courses range from R970 for basic training to R1,700 for level 3 training.
Photographer: Vanelda Abrams from Vanelda Abrams Photography | Voice Artist: Sisipho Mbopa | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Community, Health