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    To Assist Family/Care Giver Through This Experience And Bring Solace To Those Grieving The Death Of Loved One

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    To Provide Specialist Palliative Care To People Experiencing The Impact Of Life-threatening Illness.

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‘Golden Oldies’ welcome Stepping Stone

‘Golden Oldies’ welcome Stepping Stone

Members of the ‘Golden Oldies’ Seniors Group at the AGS Kerk, Alberton Noord, gathered together on Thursday, 9 November, in the church hall to welcome Sister Margi Bollman from Stepping Stone Hospice. The group, which meets once a month under the leadership of Seniors Coordinator, Zinnia Lee, listened intently as Sr Margi talked about palliative care and the work that Stepping Stone Hospice does in the community, explaining that “we don’t just walk a path with our patients, but with their families too.” She also highlighted the many ways in which a person can volunteer at Stepping Stone, with Zinnia stressing that we can all do something to become involved in our community.

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Brian and Gisela say ‘I Do’ at Stepping Stone Hospice

Brian and Gisela say ‘I Do’ at Stepping Stone Hospice

A mere three days before his passing, Stepping Stone Hospice patient, Brian Sargent, married his long-time love Gisela Rall in front of family and friends in an emotion-filled ceremony held in his room at the hospice’s In-Patient Unit on Thursday, 2 November.

The 67-year-old Brian was diagnosed with cancer only six weeks ago and passed away on Sunday evening, 5 November – but not before fulfilling his promise to Gisela.

The couple met at a biker function over 16 years ago. “He kept asking everyone for my number,” recalls Gisela. “He eventually asked me out and for our first date took me with him on a Toy Run charity ride.”

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Stepping Stone Hospice reflects on challenges faced in 2017

Stepping Stone Hospice reflects on challenges faced in 2017

This year has been their most challenging to date, according to Stepping Stone Hospice CEO, Tersia Burger. Back in 2013, she honoured her dying daughter’s last wish to open a hospice facility in Alberton that would take care of people and their families who were facing life-limiting illnesses. At the time, neither Tersia, nor the rest of her then six-women steering committee, ever thought that in the four years that would follow, Stepping Stone Hospice would grow to the extent that is has.

“Life-limiting illnesses are a reality many of us have to face and the services we provide have become an integral part of the communities we live in,” says Tersia. In 2013, 97 registered Stepping Stone Hospice patients died. In 2016, 235 registered Stepping Stone hospice patients died – an increase of over 227%. This year, from January to end September, the number is already on 225 of their registered patients who have passed away.

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Eurolab donates R50 000 to Stepping Stone Hospice

Eurolab donates R50 000 to Stepping Stone Hospice

Local oncology company Eurolab donated R50 000 to Stepping Stone Hospice on Tuesday, 10 October, in aid of our ongoing fundraising efforts. “We are extremely grateful to Eurolab for the support, which will benefit our patients,” says Stepping Stone CEO, Tersia Burger, adding that Stepping Stone shares a common ethos with Eurolab in that "our patients are our main focus" and that every donation the hospice receives "helps keep our doors open."

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Hobo’s in action for Stepping Stone Hospice

Hobo’s in action for Stepping Stone Hospice

The rainy weather certainly didn’t dampen the enthusiasm at the Meyersdal Action Sports Arena on Saturday, 7 October, as teams gathered to play volleyball and cricket in hobo gear while members of the community browsed the stalls at the under-roof market, all in aid of Stepping Stone Hospice.

The event was a collaboration between hospice and the Meyersdal Action Sports Arena, with manager AW Claassens spearheading the event, together with Stepping Stone’s Fundraising Manager, Marietjie Tame. “As part of our ongoing fundraising efforts, we joined forces with the Meyersdal Action Sports Arena to host a ‘Hobo’s in Action Day’ combined with an under-roof market selling unique arts, crafts and good food,” explains Marietjie. 

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Walkers raise R80 000 for hospice

Walkers raise R80 000 for hospice

Close to 2000 walkers took to the streets in Bedfordview on Sunday 30 July 2017, and because of their commitment and the hard work of the Shuffling Walking Team committee, an incredible amount of R366 000 was raised of which R80 000 was recently donated to Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services in New Market Park in Alberton.

Maria da Silva, co-founder of the Shuffling Walking Team, explains that various non-profit organizations who mostly deal with cancer related issues, are chosen annually to benefit from the walk. “Cancer is just something that has impacted many of us on our committee and in my case, I lost most of my family to cancer. So if we can help organizations who help those facing life-limiting illnesses, then that’s what we do,” she says.

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Brackenhurst Primary Cancer Tea in aid of hospice

Brackenhurst Primary Cancer Tea in aid of hospice

A Ladies Tea, held in aid of Stepping Stone Hospice and hosted by a teacher at Brackenhurst Primary School, Mrs Dorothy Buitendag, herself a cancer survivor, led to the incredible sum of R55 280 handed over to the hospice team on Tuesday September 19.

This annual Cancer Tea, endorsed by Brackenhurst Primary and held on Saturday September 2 in their school hall, drew 200 ladies to the event where they were not only treated by the table hosts to some lovely eats and coffee and tea, but had the honour to meet the well-known Prof. Carol-Ann Benn, considered to be one of the top breast-cancer experts in South Africa. Her commitment and determination to the field has seen her help many women during their life-changing struggle with this condition.

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Big turnout at Stepping Stone’s annual Memorial Day

Big turnout at Stepping Stone’s annual Memorial Day

Close to 400 people attended Stepping Stone Hospice’s annual Memorial Day on Sunday, 17 September, which was held in the garden outside the hospice’s In-Patient Unit in New Market Park. Visitors were asked to each bring a photo, letter or small token in remembrance of a loved one to place inside a memory capsule which was later put to ground in the hospice’s Garden of Remembrance. So great was the outpouring of emotion that one memory capsule soon turned into three, all filled with heartfelt messages and tokens of love.

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Lady golfers to host comedy fundraiser for hospice

Lady golfers to host comedy fundraiser for hospice

Meet the lady golfers of Reading Country Club who will be riding for Stepping Stone Hospice in this year’s Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge. As part of their fundraising efforts for the race, they will be hosting a comedy evening featuring the outrageous comedy duo, Tony Stewart and Mel Miller.

When: Saturday, 30 September
Where: Reading Country Club
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets cost R150 each and can be bought from Heather, 076 972 1551 or Roz, 011 907 8906

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Teams wanted for hospice action day!

Teams wanted for hospice action day!

Stepping Stone Hospice is looking for action cricket and volleyball teams to compete in the organization’s first-ever “Hobo’s in Action” fun day, to be held at the Meyersdal Action Sports Arena on Saturday, 7 October.

In-keeping with the theme of the day, players will play in ‘hobo’ gear and there will be exciting prizes for the winning teams, as well as a prize for the best-dressed team on the day. Each participant will also receive a medal.

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Hospice elects new Board

Hospice elects new Board

Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services recently elected its new Board for 2017 at the organization’s Annual General Meeting, held in New Market Park on 22 August 2017. Back row, f.l.t.r: Adv Etienne Cosyn, Andries Coetzee, Daniel Serumola and Hein Odendaal (vice-chairperson). Seated, f.l.t.r: Thersia Corrigan, Barbara Campbell-Ker (chairperson) and Carina van der Walt. Absent: Dr Sylvia Rodrigues and Russell du Plessis.

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Standing ovation at hospice’s 'Oppi Plaas' event

Standing ovation at hospice’s 'Oppi Plaas' event

More than 200 people gathered on the stoep of the iconic Meyer House on the Meyer Farm on Friday, 1 September, for an intimate evening with the super-talented Deon van der Merwe and Ruhan du Toit from the popular band ‘Touch of Class’ – all in aid of Stepping Stone Hospice.

Guests tucked into boerie rolls and warming bowls of curry and rice as they listened to the band play hits from the likes of Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers and Elvis Presley, to homegrown favourites such as Theuns Jordaan. But it was Ruhan du Toit’s renditions of Pavarotti’s 'Nessun Dorma' and 'O Sole Mio' that had everyone on their feet in awe.

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Huntington’s patient recovers at hospice after hit and run

Huntington’s patient recovers at hospice after hit and run

JP Enslin (42), a familiar face and longtime resident of Alberton, is currently recuperating at Stepping Stone Hospice’s In-Patient Unit in New Market Park after being struck down by a taxi while crossing Voortrekker road on Monday morning, 21 August.

JP was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease four years ago and he’s since been registered as a hospice patient. “We look after people with life-limiting illnesses and Huntington’s is one of them,” explains Stepping Stone’s Clinical Services Manager, Sister Sheryl Newman.

Huntington’s, an inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain, affects a person's functional abilities and results in physical, cognitive and psychiatric disorders. Most people develop signs and symptoms in their 30s or 40s, but the disease may emerge even earlier.

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Hospice to host under-roof market

Hospice to host under-roof market

Stepping Stone Hospice is inviting prospective stallholders to take part in their first-ever “Under Roof Market” in Alberton on Saturday, 7 October 2017.

As part of its ongoing fundraising efforts, the hospice has joined forces with the Meyersdal Action Sports Arena to host a “Hobo’s in Action Day”, combined with an Under-Roof Market selling unique arts, crafts and good food. 

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A night to remember

A night to remember

Stepping Stone Hospice’s third annual ‘Come Whine With Me’ event drew over 140 ladies to Glenvista Country Club on the evening of Tuesday, 8 August 2017.

Guest speaker and author, Elanie Kruger, touched the hearts of everyone with her incredible story of survival after being held captive as a sex slave. Her book From Playground to Prostitute is currently in re-print, with talks underway to make a movie of her life story. She spoke candidly about the work she does now to clamp down on human trafficking, sharing some very sobering and eye-opening statistics for the ladies to take note of – especially when it comes to keeping track of children’s online activity.

Debra Wait from Nicholson Smith Distillers got the wine tasting underway with a selection of delicious red, white and rosé varieties, while Trevor and Marelize Howard from Jubilant Gift Boutique in Alberante wowed the ladies with their beautiful exhibition of exclusive gifts and products.

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Our Events

Events for 2017

Events for 2017
  • Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge: 19 November 2017
  • The Brian Wallace Memorial Comedy Show: 23 November at 8pm, at The Barnyard Gold Reef City

More information to follow.

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The Brian Wallace Memorial Comedy Show

The Brian Wallace Memorial Comedy Show

Show your support and join the hilarious Goliath Comedy Trio, Jason, Donovan and Nicholas, together with some of their closest comedy friends, as they present “WHERE'S WALLY? The Brian Wallace Memorial Comedy Show” on Thursday 23 November at 8pm, at The Barnyard Gold Reef City, to help raise funds for Stepping Stone Hospice.

One of Jason Goliath’s best friends, Brian Wallace, lost his battle to cancer this year and spent his last few days at Stepping Stone Hospice. All the funds raised on the night and money generated from ticket sales will go to Stepping Stone Hospice and Brian Wallace’s immediate family.

Event name: WHERE'S WALLY? The Brian Wallace Memorial Comedy Show
Date: Thursday, 23 November 2017
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Barnyard Theatre, Gold Reef City
Tickets cost R200 per person

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‘Last Wishes’ Campaign

A Hospice For My Daughter
The Story of Debbie Townsend
To Feel it, One last Time
The Story of Christo Heymans

What is a Hospice

Hospice is not a place but a ‘philosophy of care’ for people facing a life-limiting illness. It addresses a patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs, and also helps support those who love them.

A common misconception about hospice is that it is ‘a last resort’ and that a person must be bedridden or unable to communicate in order to receive help.

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Our Services

Home Based Care

Home Based Care

Our palliative trained nursing sisters visit patients in their own homes. The nursing sister co-ordinates the care and liaises with other hospice team members such as the doctor, social worker, community care workers, volunteer caregivers and other professionals who may be involved in treating the patient.

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In Patient Unit (IPU)

In Patient Unit (IPU)

Most people choose to receive hospice care in their homes; however, when a symptom such as pain cannot be managed in the home, patients can choose to receive care in our inpatient hospice unit.

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Home Based Nursing

Home Based Nursing

We place trained care-workers in the patient’s home to care for the patient’s needs. The care, according to the patient’s need, can be from one day a week to up to 24 hour nursing, alternating between two care-workers.

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Bereavement Counselling

Bereavement Counselling

Grief is personal and won’t ever be experienced by two individuals in exactly the same way. That person alone knows the depth of their grief and they need to listen to their own inner coping strategies. There are some people who get stuck at a certain point in their grieving journey

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Partners & Sponsors

  • Grindrod
  • SCS Archritecs
  • Fusion Digital
  • Mgwezi
  • Alberton Rekord
  • Reading Country Club
  • The Creative Cafe
  • Afripanel
  • Phatman Designs
  • Alberton Selfstorage
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  • AC Industriel Cleaning

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