Samana, the former Ziekenzorg CM, wants to express his appreciation for informal carers and care volunteers with wishing trees. In Zuienkerke, the resting place along the Blankenbergse Dijk became such a place of solidarity in times of ‘corona loneliness’.
Samana is an association in which people with a chronic illness or care need, informal carers and volunteers stand up for each other. “Together we want to reduce loneliness and work towards a warm society, where there is also room for the most vulnerable people”, says Noël Delaere, responsible for Samana in the Bruges region. At the resting place along the Blankenbergse Dijk, three trees were arranged as wishing trees. Passers-by can leave a message of hope, personal wishes or an encouraging word for carers and people with a chronic illness and / or care need. “In this way their thoughts become tangible. We want to express our appreciation and sympathy with them for the many people who take care of someone else on a daily basis, as well as for people who need extra care to be able to stand strong and resilient in life. “, says Noël Delaere. Due to corona even more people are struggling away into loneliness. “Samana brings people together, but in times of corona that is more difficult. After all, our target group is extra vulnerable. We do, however, encourage our care volunteers to occasionally pay a ‘window visit’ or make a phone call more often”, it sounds. . Samana has also set up wishing trees in Ostend, Lichtervelde and Dudzele. The wish tree campaign runs until the ‘Day of the chronically ill people’ on October 11. “That day we pay extra attention to our target group, and we try to bring their situation to the attention of society”, Noël Delaere concludes. Samana also wants to increase its brand awareness with the promotion. “Because many people still know us under the old name ‘Sick care’.”