BABY MANQOBA MABHENA has an infectious toothless smile and a captivating giggle-but that’s now what most people first notice when they meet her. Her distinctive yellow eyes draw strangers to ofte3n ask the question, “What’s wrong with her eyes?”
Now nine months old, Manqoba was born with a condition called biliary atresia which was diagnosed when she was five months old. But then, surgeons couldn’t perform a corrective surgery because her liver was already showing signs of significant liver damage meaning the best option is liver transplantation-for her liver can fail any minute from now.
According to health experts, biliary atresia is a relatively rare disease that begins in early infancy and affects one in every 10 000 to 20 000 infants and it is life-threatening if uncorrected.
She is due for a liver transplant in India within a month. And the required amount is US$50 000 to cover hospital fees, airfares, visa fees and eventualities.
Please join us this Saturday 8 October as journalists, artists and members of the public walk to raise funds to enable Manqoba undergo the operation in india. Registration is at the chronicle, you see Robin Muchetu. Registration fee is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Registasrtion gets you a t-shirt. We meet at the large city hall car park at 7 am walking to Hillside dams where there will be braai and entertainment from Sandra Ndebele, Albert Nyathi, Khuliyo, Lady Tshawe, Umdumo wesizwe, Nkwali, IYASA among others.
Other ways to contribute or assist include:
- i) Bank transfer or deposit to:
Name: Shamiso Yikoniko
Bank: FBC Bank
Branch: FBC Centre
Account Number: 3070070770125
ii) EcoCash whatever amount you can spare to Shamiso Yikoniko on 0772935224.
iii) Contribute online via GoFundMe campaign set up by Netsai Margareth Machingambi-Mhlanga. Just ‘Google’ the fundraising campaign titled ‘New Liver for baby Manqoba’.
- iv) If you are corporate, you can sponsor the Walk for Manqoba campaign that is being spearheaded by Bulawayo journalists.
- v) If you are a well-wisher, you can take part in the above mentioned Walk For
- vi) If you are an artist and would like to assist, sign up to perform with other Bulawayo artists who will provide free entertainment at Hillside Dams at the end of the sponsored
vii) If you cannot take part in the sponsored walk and cannot make any monetary contribution — you can still play a huge role by spreading the word on social media and in your spheres of influence — we would greatly appreciate that.