The Spring Foundation has made incredible strides since their birth in 2014. The NPO and BPO has gone from strength to strength and reached unbelievable milestones in this period. One of its biggest projects currently is the Market Garden.
Starting off with only a small piece of land and a few patients, it has grown exponentially to the point where working in the garden consist of 2 shifts per day from Monday to Thursday. Apart from its main green therapy objective, i.e. getting patients involved in physical work which has been proven to have very positive therapeutic effects, it also is in the process of developing links with the community in terms of food supply and training. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture through the South African Food and Farming Trust, Janssen and The Rupert Foundation have taken great interest in the Garden, and have become proud sponsors for this larger than life project.
The Wheelchair and ID projects have been with the hospital for years, but have seen many hardships before the Foundation was started. Through the foundation, these projects can now venture even further in their quest to help the patients involved, making a difference in their lives.
The highlight of these projects is the continuation of reaping benefits long after the patient has been discharged. The skills patients are taught in the Wheelchair Project are invaluable, and an Identity Document is gold in itself.
The Creative Arts Project is the new baby of the Foundation. It was started at the beginning of this year. Focusing on the youth, it heals psychological wounds with art and music. This project has shown amazing results thus far, and the Foundation has big expectations from this Project. Even though the Spring Foundation has had many great successes, it still has a long way to go.
The only people who can make this happen are us…the staff, the community and businesses in Mitchell’s Plain.
The Foundation needs your help by liking the Facebook page, becoming a member, offering your services, volunteering or even just spreading the word. The only way the word will get out there is if we, as part of the hospital and the community, do our bit to further a cause that touches us all.
The Lentegeur Market Garden Project (LMGP) journey to success in pictures