A HELPING HAND: The Medical Forum Theatre: passionate about community service


The Medical Forum Theatre has been extending its longstanding history and legacy within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan area by supporting a number of community outreach initiatives. In the past year alone, the organisation was involved in over five charities and events.

“We have decided to take our Mission Statement a step further into the communities where our staff have been participating in numerous community activities and programmes on a volunteer basis,” said Elsabe Pretorius, Nursing Manager, at the institute.

She said as part of their 67 minutes programme on Mandela Day in July 2012, the MFT staff visited the Miracle Kidz and Khaya Homes where they hosted a fun kiddies party and handed over a number of gifts and blankets.

“MFT has also been participating in the annual Eye Care Awareness month by performing free Cataract surgery on patients who do not have access to Medical Aid. This project is done in close association with the Ophthalmic Department of the Provincial Hospital of Port Elizabeth who screen the beneficiaries. A total of 28 patients were assisted at no cost through this project in October 2012,” she described.

In that same month, MFT joined hands with the SA National Council for the Blind and Nkosinathi Foundation to host the first White Cane Fun Walk in Port Elizabeth and donated around 100 White canes.

Pretorius said that the White Cane Fun Walk will become an annual event and will take place on the Saturday closest to 15 October.

In December 2012, the MFT staff also supported the ‘Tree of Joy’ project and spread some joy by purchasing gifts for the less fortunate as identified by the Rotary Organisation.

This year, on the 15th of March, more MFT staff participated in the all-night ‘CANSA Relay for Life’ to raise funds for CANSA in their fight against cancer.

“Our participation in this wonderful event was very personal to us as one of our own staff members was recently diagnosed with the dreaded disease as well as many of us going through the journey with family members or friends who are in their own fight against Cancer,” explained Pretorius.

“As a company, the Medical Forum Theatre is passionate about our staff and the community we serve and as such will continue with our community involvement projects,” she concluded.

The Medical Forum Theatre is located next to the Eye and Laser Institute along Cape Road in Mill Park, Port Elizabeth. Alternatively, you can call 041 373 0682.