Blooming surprise for Charlotte Maxeke healthcare heroes

 Healthcare workers at Charlotte Maxeke
Johannesburg Academic Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg were treated to a
colourful surprise today during shift. 250 bright pink potted Cyclamen were
laid out to spell HEROES, on the grass next to the entrance of the hospital
today as a token of appreciation for their commitment as frontline heroes
of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Province.

This is thanks to a joint partnership between *Ubuntu
<>Beds <>**, *an NGO
that pairs healthcare workers with free accommodation and *Together We
Bloom, <>* an NPO that raises money for
communities in need through the sale of flowers and plants, who donated the

Says Kim Whitaker, Founder of Ubuntu Beds: *“Inspired by our friends in
Lebanon, @baytnabaytek, we chose Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic
Hospital as the space for the installation to show our appreciation for
healthcare heroes. They are one of the largest COVID-19 hospitals in
Gauteng, and we have already accommodated many healthcare workers from this
hospital. We thought it a fitting space to celebrate our heroes.”*

Says Stefan Zeelie of Together We Bloom: *“When a nation comes together,
its people get the opportunity to bloom from a small seed into the beauty
we see in everyone.”*

Since the virus hit, hundreds of healthcare workers have become infected,
with nurses accounting for the majority of cases. A lack of Personal
Protective Equipment (PPE), over-exposure due to shortage of staff and long
commutes in public transport are all said to have contributed to its
spread. After contracting the virus herself, hotel owner Kim Whitaker
launched Ubuntu Beds during March, in an attempt to unite hospitality
businesses that now stand empty with healthcare workers. At the same time
the FirstRand SPIRE
team were also pursuing similar initiatives, which has since resulted in
the collaboration between the two organisations.

Each working to their respective strengths, Ubuntu Beds provides a database
connecting supply and demand, while the FirstRand SPIRE Fund, offers access
to their network of connections in order to negotiate pricing and also
coordinate the management of the initiative. Through private donations and
corporate sponsorship the initiative will be able to accommodate up to 2500
public healthcare workers.

To date, 7910 bed nights have been booked, 797 healthcare workers signed
up, 430[1] <#_ftn1>doctors and nurses have been placed and 1044[2]
with approximately 16 500[3] <#_ftn3>rooms situated across the country,
close to hospitals and clinics, have signed up to the platform. The average
stay is between 7 and 14 days and is open to both the private and public
healthcare sector. Healthcare workers have access to self-catering
facilities and in some instances Wi-Fi, TV, and laundry services.

Cleanliness is of utmost importance and all accommodation providers need to
adhere to a cleaning guideline developed by Ubuntu Beds, based on the
guidelines set out by the Department of Health for self-isolation and
self-quarantine accommodation. Specialist cleaning companies do a deep
clean post-stay, which includes a COVID-19 fog, to ensure no
cross-contamination occurs. Healthcare workers are aware of the risks, and
scrub-off and scrub-on between the hospital and the accommodation.

If you are a healthcare worker needing an accommodation, a hospitality
business interested in offering your rooms and services, or you want to
donate, please visit *
<>*. You can also call 0861999308 or get in
touch via Whatsapp on 0713001672.

Also visit and follow Ubuntu Beds on social media

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