The OFT Groups MOC Foundation was established during 2009 and is based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The MOC Foundations efforts are dedicated to its namesake, Marie O'Connell who was born on the 12th September 1927 at Calvinia in the Cape Province of South Africa.
She was married to Jack O’Connell on the 3 August 1950, making for a loving 60-year marriage and worked as a nurse for many years showing extreme compassion and consideration for those under her charge. It is her example of providing care towards others selflessly that the organisation wishes to emulate. Marie was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 59 which marked the beginning of a 23-year journey during which she remaining committed to her faith and sharing it through compassion to others.
Her faith, resilience and pleasant demeanour despite the endless ritual of gruelling Cancer treatment received won her the admiration of her doctors, therapists, family and friends.
In coping with her condition, she worked tirelessly for the Cancer Association of South Africa, and in addition, during 2005 she was awarded a 25 Year Service Certificate for her outstanding dedication to the Red Cross as a Ladies in Blue Nursing and Hospice Volunteers.
Marie also organizing several workshops for patients suffering with Cancer and Leukaemia, and would arrange for keynote speakers to lecture patients on why innocent people suffer as well as the various stages of grief patients needed to become familiar with. Even developing her own cancer booklet titled “Cancer, Jesus and me” in which she explicitly discloses the emotional ups and downs she experienced during her own diagnosis and journey with ‘Charlie’.
She used every opportunity to tell others of her faith and was always ready to share a word of comfort or guidance to those in need, despite her own situation. She also intimately shared the love, encouragement and peace the Lord gave her during this time of her life.
The 2nd of August 2010 marked the day Marie O’Connell was taken to her eternal home to be with her Father while today, her Legacy of living a Christ Centred Life and the selfless love she displayed to others, lives on in the actions of the MOC Foundation and its members.