The SOSA Medical Project Timeline


Rabbi Shaun Wingrin was inspired to make a connection with a group of about sixty Jewish over 60’s, living in a private retirement home in Melrose. This culminated in him arranging a special Jewish talk (shiur) for them, about that years Sinai Indaba (a project of Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein).

July: This connection was fostered by joining them on Friday nights to say kiddush and share a thought on the weekly parshah (Torah portion).


Personalised friendship gifts project launched to deliver mishloach manot on Purim day to some 70 recipients, strengthening the connection of these over 60's to the Jewish Holiday.


24/7 Call for Help panic button service introduced, after the fall of a senior citizen on Shabbos.

November: Shabbos Project arranged for 70 Jewish residents in Melrose Retirement Home.

Introduced a manually operated Shabbos Transfer to transport those unable to easily walk to and from Shul, dubbed The Yellow Rolls Royce, after receiving permission from the Beth Din of Johannesburg to use it for this purpose only.

Arranged Chanukah candle lightings and Purim Megillah readings in private retirement homes.

Large print publications transliterated (Hebrew words written with English letters) in havarat sfaradit for example the Megillat Esther and a Chanukah lighting card.


Registration of SOS for the Aged Non Profit Company (S.O.S.A.), formerly Shiur on Sallys Alley and PBO status to issue section 18A tax certificates for SARS tax rebates (2018)

Personalised friendship gifts project grows to over one thousand recipients, involving many Jewish schools and their learners in packing and delivery of the gifts for Purim day, Rosh Hashanah and Chanukah.


The urgent need for medical support of the financially needy, especially the over 60’s identified and SOSA Medical Project created through a partnership between Rabbi Ari Hoppensten and S.O.S.A.


SOSA Medical responds with assistance to urgent plea for support for private hospitalisation for late Kyle Onay (Akiva ben Pinchas Chaim a"h).

Akiva Fund setup to donate in his memory to assist with costs of hospital plans.

December: Close to thirty people previously without, now with hospital plans through the SOSA Medical Project.


SOSA Medical Project cases for medical aid assistance tops 100.

The project matures to assist in related areas.

Our offices relocate to Highlands North.


A group of volunteers sets up SOSA Meal Co-ordination Programme offering meals at short notice and catering to patients specific dietary requirements. Collaboration is setup, as far as possible, with existing organisations, to avoid any duplication of services.