A voice for the voiceless

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Olga Molahloe. PHOTO: ABIGAIL VISAGIE

Donned as the “Mother Theresa” of Sunflower Children’s Hospice, Olga Molahloe is not only a mother of four but a mother to an entire group of underprivileged and often disabled children. Molahloe’s journey started in the early 90s when her nursing career kicked off.

“There was only one cancer patient, I had to take the gentleman to all of his clinic and oncological appointments by taxi. News spread about my work and soon, people referred their relatives,” Molahloe mentioned.

She admitted that awareness about the programme rapidly grew during the HIV pandemic and suddenly Molahloe had no weekends as she had to visit patients, handle referrals, and work at the immunology clinic while taking care of the poorest in the community.

“In the beginning, people did not understand what palliative care, HIV/Aids or even cancer was. It was up to me to break the stigma by bathing terminally ill patients, dressing their wounds and teaching others about the quality of life,” she said.

Molahloe further expressed her gratitude towards Sunflower Children’s Hospice mentioning that the hospice and its loving patients has taught her empathy, love, resilience and care.

Serving as a confidant to many underprivileged families, this field of work has given her the opportunity to be a voice to the voiceless. “One of my many priceless highlights was teaching twelve of the hospice’s children poetry and seeing their work released in the globally acknowledged book “Dream a difference”.

“I’m not doing this to be acknowledged or seen. I’m doing this to make just a small difference in the lives of many.”

Molahloe’s main dream is seeing the hospice expand in order to accommodate more children and patients who are ill.

Abigail Visagie

abigail@mahareng.co.za