Wendy Weyer-Henderson was sad to see her local hospital grounds drowning in litter and unkept, so instead of complaining, she showed up with black bags and a determination to do some good.
Gqeberha, South Africa (10 August 2022) – Wendy Weyer-Henderson visits the Provincial Hospital each month to collect her medication. Each month she sees the state of neglect the grounds are in. She decided to do something about it.
She arrived at the hospital this week armed with a roll of black bags and a determination to tidy things up. She worked tirelessly, and after a few hours, she had filled thirteen bags with rubbish.
Hoping to inspire some support, she shared her efforts online and encouraged others to join in clearing up some of the mess surrounding the hospital. People have started donating funds so Wendy can purchase more cleaning supplies. She was even able to get the help of a man who usually begs on the street nearby.
On the second day of her efforts, the man and Wendy cleared more ground of leaves, weeds and litter. They were visited by friends and family of Wendy, who also brought food and black bags to aid in the efforts. Together they filled six bags with rubbish.
Feeling stiff and sore but filled with purpose and promise, Wendy went home that night. Sadly, the next day her helper informed her that he made more money standing at the robot and would not be assisting her further. She felt frustrated but has pushed forward and will continue her efforts to clear the hospital grounds.
Wendy hopes to speak to the officials at the hospital so they can work together to place more bins around the facility and see how her efforts can be kept up. There are several dead and fallen trees that need clearing so that is her next focus. She hopes to find someone who will donate their time to clear these trees.
“If we moan about something but we not prepared to do anything about it, then don’t moan. I go to this hospital every month for my medication and I am disgusted by the amount of rubbish people just throw on the ground. So instead of moaning I did something about it.”
You can reach out to help Wendy and support her efforts here. She is hoping more volunteers will join, and they can cover even more ground.