How you can help

We would like your help...

Patients at State hospitals and clinics in South Africa are typically destitute, malnourished, as well as being very sick or injured. Many are jobless, many are homeless, and many have no loved-ones to provide the basic needs for them in hospital.

The Ruth Mailbag Group strives to provide for the needs of destitute moms and babies in the maternity and NICU of our local state hospital and several other hospitals in our country who have asked for our help by providing them with a basic baby pack for their new and or sick babies.

If you can assist please get in touch with us through or visit our blog at for more information.

Yours sincerely,
Joy Coetzee
Founder – The Ruth Mailbag Group

Or a hospital near you... please, browse through the following list, I’m sure you will find a government hospital near you to support:
Contact Details of Public Hospitals in South Africa -
Eastern Cape -
Gauteng Province -
Johannesburg -
KZN -;
Port Elizabeth -
Western Cape -

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Happy National Nurses Day!

Happy National Nurses Day!

A tribute to nurses for all that they do for our moms and babies.

Bless you and thank you,

The Ruth Mailbag Group


National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

A Nurse is more, Why?
Though nobody, can say why, for sure,
Nurse's desire, for service, is pure.
Not for themselves, it has to be for others.
A life dedicated, to their sisters and their brothers.

A Nurse is more, How?
Through reserves, of strength, care and love,
Nurses take their lead, from the power above.
Above and beyond, their duty comes first.
Their patient's needs paramount, before even hunger
and thirst.

A Nurse is more, When?
When we need them the most, at our times of ill,
Nurses come through, with their care and goodwill.
When we feel we can't go on, and wish, to give up the ghost.
That's when our Nurses, give it their most.

A Nurse is more, Where?
In the hospital, the battlefield, the clinic, the home and
Nurses are there, in the ER, the OR, the workplace, and
medical office.
Where we are, to go for our care, thankfully,
we find Nurses there.
Aging, sick, fearful, weary, we turn to Nurses, and know
they care.

A Nurse is More,
A Nurse is more, much more than all we've said,
or all we can say,
other than, to acknowledge the Nurses, who so brighten
our day.
In gratitude, we thank Nurses, their willingness to serve,
we find so appealing,
bringing to us, their comfort, wisdom, compassion
and healing.

Written to honour all Nurses,
Dedicated to Jeannine E. Shuster, R.N.

A Nurse Is More ©
05/10/99 Richard G. Shuster

Permission is granted to reproduce this poem for any Nurses forum.
Nurse's Week and Nurse's Day are during the month May.
If you know a Nurse, are related to a Nurse, or just would like to thank a Nurse, please send or give a copy of this poem.

1 comment:

  1. Thankyou for remembering nurses Joy. My D.I.L. & S.I.L. are nurses. All nurses do an amazing job. Left my Auntie at hospital this morning for treatment, nurses were lovely. Anne x