Several Limpopo lodges, friends, co artists and members of the Ribola Art Route are cooperating to raise funds for medical treatment for Limpopo woodcarver, artist and musician, Thomas Kubayi, who is in dire need of specialist medical care. Funding in SA is managed by John Rosmarin of Leshiba Wilderness and can be made to the following bank account: Investec Bank, Account Name: J R Rosmarin, Account Type: Cheque, Account Number:10011338472, Branch Code : 580 105, SWIFT CODE: IVESZAJJXXX , REFERENCE: THOMAS KUBAYI.
For those who live in Europe and the Netherlands
Donations can be made to Madi a Thavha mountain lodge’s owner, Marcelle Bosch’s account in the Netherlands, which will then save the costs of an international transfer, at : MMP Bosch NL29 INGB0002 764483 Amersfoort REFERENCE: THOMAS KUBAYI.
In bed and pain for the past six months
Thomas has been bedridden at his home in Tshivhuyuni for the past 6 months. Without a medical aid, he has been in and out of local Elim hospital without being diagnosed or getting better at all. The Rosmarin family of Leshiba Wilderness recently brought Thomas to Dr Casper Venter in Louis Trichardt who referred him to Dr Joe Teeger in Joburg for further tests, diagnoses and treatment.
Thomas is in a lot of pain, the group helped transfer him with ambulance from Elim hospital to Milpark hospital in Johannesburg and now we raise funds to try to get to an accurate diagnosis and treatment. He has been admitted to Milpark Hospital 29 May and has undergone several tests to be continued over the next few days with possible treatment to follow.
A preliminary estimate of cost is R75 000 for the hospital and tests, not including further treatment.
Thomas, treasured friend and community leader of the Ribola art route in Limpopo
Most who have met the 45-year-old Thomas knows him as a passionate, key person in the Ribola art route of northern Limpopo, a much-loved community leader and master crafter of Limpopo. From woodcarving workshops with international artists and students, to his African jazz band playing for guests and his unique style in wood sculpting, Thomas is an incredible artist and South African talent, always ready to welcome all with a smile and his warm personality. Thomas built his own rural gallery and studio and has played a central role in shaping many of the emerging young artists and musicians on the Ribola Art Route.
We are appealing to whoever receives this memo to assist. Even the smallest amount will help. Thank you, it is much appreciated by all Thomas’ friends, family and students in Limpopo.