JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Joining forces with a prominent Johannesburg radio station, the Church launched service throughout Africa with a ceremony including wheelchair donations at the Africa Southeast Area offices Wednesday, Sept. 17.
During the launch event, the Church announced a yearlong partnership with Jacaranda 94.2, South Africa's largest independent radio station, of "Bringing Relief and Building Hope." The slogan was the theme of the Pan-Africa Helping Hands Day which took place Saturday, Sept. 20.
Dianne Broodryk, well-known newscaster for Jacaranda 94.2, said, "This is a very exciting partnership with the Church to provide wheelchairs to those in need over the next 12-month period using our 'Good Morning Angels Program."'
Initially, 15 wheelchairs were awarded to the Angel Hotel Day Care Facility and the Alma School in Pretoria to bring immediate relief to children. Many tears were shed as Church missionaries aided each of the disadvantaged and disabled children into their wheelchairs. The children were thrilled to have their own set of wheels and the smiles of joy told the story.
Additionally, the Church donated blankets, baby food, diapers, hygiene kits, school kits and baby clothing to the Central Methodist Church. Tina de Rijke of Central Methodist said, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to support and bring aid and relief to our many residents in times of need and we thank them."
The launch was heavily attended by various media across the Gauteng area, as well as multiple faith church groups, civic leaders, government officials and industry leaders.