Campaign made frontline workers smile

Bloem Show and Bloemfontein Courant visited hospitals to hand over letters from schools as well as Nkosi bars as part of their Stay Safe, Mask Up! campaign. From the left are Pieter Delport, editor of Bloemfontein Courant and Get It Bloemfontein; Hein Rossouw, Life Rosepark Hospital Manager; Corni Fourie, Mahareng Business Manager, and Elmarie Prinsloo, CEO of Bloem Show. PHOTO: HEIDRE MALGAS

The Stay Safe, Mask Up! campaign by Bloem Show and Bloemfontein Courant has left smiles on the faces of a number of healthcare workers in the city. The kind gesture of letters from primary schools reminded them of how appreciated they are.

After a successful run, R33 050 was raised in aid of healthcare workers and the donations campaign has come to an end.

The businesses and residents who donated to the campaign were:

  • Central Media Group
  • Bloem Show
  • M&L Electric
  • Enviroworks
  • A Property Realtors
  • Itec
  • iWater
  • Genesis
  • McIntyre & Van der Post Attorneys
  • SAB
  • Fichardtpark Neighbourhood Association
  • Ola Bloemfontein
  • Careers Inc
  • Fourie Prokureurs
  • Bloem Show staff members
  • Steenkamp & Jansen Inc
  • OHSEC (Arno)

A considerable amount of money was also received from residents who preferred to remain anonymous.

The campaign was aimed at encouraging both businesses and individuals to show their gratitude to healthcare workers by donating care items, which included Nkosi Superbars as well as letters of appreciation from local primary school children.

Nkosi Superbars are energy bars formulated by leading nutritional experts, and has the nutritional value of one full meal. The money raised will be used to buy Nkosi Superbars for healthcare workers. Some Nkosi bars have already been delivered to healthcare workers at five hospitals in Bloemfontein. Delivery to the rest of the hospitals will be done this week.

Elmarie Prinsloo, CEO of Bloem Show staff, said the donation period unfortunately had to come to an end, so that the distribution of the Nkosi Superbars could be started in all earnest.

Universitas Academic Hospital

“A heartfelt thank you to every business and individual who donated towards this great project. Although the campaign was done under the banner of the Bloem Show and Bloemfontein Courant, it was really aimed at showing appreciation for the work that our healthcare workers are doing on the frontline.

“We are also extremely grateful to the schools that took part in the project. The hundreds of messages written by learners from these schools have been received with so much appreciation and love by the frontline workers,” Prinsloo added.


The primary schools that took part in the campaign were:

  • Bloemfontein Primary School
  • Oranje Girls’ Primary School
  • Willem Postma Primary School
  • Fichardt Park Primary School
  • President Brand Primary School
  • Martie du Plessis Primary School
  • St Andrew’s Primary School
  • Marang Primary School
  • St Mary’s Primary School
  • Kgato Primary School
  • Batho Primary School
  • Bochabelo Primary School

Prinsloo said the handovers were overwhelming and received with much gratitude and emotion. It is especially the letters from school children that pulled at people’s heartstrings. She thanked everyone for every donation and letter, the gratitude of health workers made every moment of the project worthwhile.