The News launches ‘Call of Doody’ baby and toddler project

During the last few months, the News has seen several babies abandoned by their mothers.

In May, a baby was dumped in a toilet at Key West Shopping Centre, in July another abandoned baby was found dead, and more recently, a third baby was found wrapped in a plastic bag in a dustbin in Bloemfontein.

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In 2016, in Krugersdorp alone, more than 84 babies were abandoned.

Those who keep their babies despite their circumstances also have a difficult time caring for them. The Pango Camp informal settlement (a white informal settlement in Munsieville) has more than 100 less fortunate children who sometimes walk around in the cold without shoes, jackets or even long-sleeved shirts.

And to worsen their circumstances, Irene van Niekerk, Pango Camp’s manager and so-called ‘mother’ passed away on 4 August.

Because of the dire need for aid and resources for both abandoned and poor babies and pre-school children, the News has launched a project named Call of Doody to make sure that children between the ages of birth and 5 years will have a blessed Christmas filled with presents and things they need. The name comes from the video game Call of Duty and doody (yes, it means poo) has a strong connection to babies.

It may seem strange to start the project this early in the year, but the News is aiming to collect enough goodies to fill 150 gift bags.

Here are some of the products we need to help make Christmas special for these children (donating just one of these products will make a huge difference):


Second-hand baby clothes of any kindBaby food: Powdered food (formula) works well, because we can divide it into smaller parcelsBlankets: If you sponsor a roll of polar fleece fabric, we will cut it into smaller blankets for the childrenNappies: Any nappies from premature to 12 months will help. Bigger packs will be divided into smaller parcelsDummies/pacifiersSocks: any sizeBaby cream: any size – we will divide it into smaller parcelsBum cream: tubs of products like Fissan Paste will be divided into smaller quantitiesTeething gelBaby WipesDribble bibs (spoegdoekies)Feeding bottlesBaby powder, shampoo, baby oil, ear buds, cotton ballsFor the older children:

Second-hand clothes of any kind

Shoes: any size up to 5 years old

BackpacksTeddy bears and soft toysOther toysCrayons and paperStationery Towels

Other necessities we would also appreciate:

Washing powder (preferably hand-wash)Toilet paperFacecloths

Who can participate in the project:

Businesses, schools, and members of the general public.

What you will receive in return for your donation:

Local businesses that become involved by donating goods toward the project, will receive free publicity in the form of articles in both the printed and online version of the News.

• Please take note: These articles will not be a promotion of the business, but will rather promote the project with the donor playing a significant role in the article.

Donations of baby and toddler products and clothes can be brought to the Caxton Joburg West office, situated at the corner of Ham and Generaal Pienaar Streets, Witpoortjie.

To get involved in this project or for more information, contact News journalist Bianca Pindral on 011 955 1130 or send an email to [email protected].

Do you perhaps have more information pertaining to this story? Email us at [email protected] or phone us on 011 955 1130.

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Bianca Pindral

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