Music concert to raise awareness for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

From left, Kathryn Smith Derksen, Rose Geyer, Anita Glenister, Rosemary Gray and Bevan Sylvester.

The Voices for Hospice Concert will be held at the United Church Somerset West, on Sunday October 6, at 3pm, to celebrate World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is commemorated on Saturday October 12, and theme is “My care, My right”.

This theme speaks to the importance of quality palliative care as a human right, and seeks to engage decision-makers to realise that care is a public health priority, and should therefore be budgeted accordingly.

Over 60 million people live in pain and suffering, without access to cost-effective palliative care each year.

A life-limiting illness doesn’t have to limit someone’s ability to live with high function and quality.

People should be able to access hospice and palliative care as soon as they are diagnosed with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition, and not just at the end of life.

Helderberg Hospice wants to raise awareness on the importance of mobilising communities, particularly volunteers, to ensure that patients’ rights to care are supported.

The know that for every patient, there is a community of caregivers and volunteers that provide round-the-clock care and support for their loved ones.

Members of the public can support the movement by asking policy makers in government to budget more for palliative care – as the adage goes, we budget for things we care about.

On Saturday October 12, make your voice heard by sharing the following on your social media accounts:

“It’s my right to live my life with appropriate relief from the symptoms,

#pain, and stress of a serious illness – whatever my diagnosis.

#mycaremyright #WHPCD2019 #Globalgoals #healthforall #humanrights

The concert will feature a variety of popular and classical music, convened by Anita Glenister – a celebration of life.

There will be a high tea afterwards, which is included in the ticket price of R95. Tickets are available from Helderberg Hospice, or the Helderberg Hospice shops in Somerset West and Strand, or call 021 852 4608 for more information.