Legacy of 60 years’ child care

2016-11-15 06:00
The Cape Field Artillery Pipe and Drum Band leads a group of veterans at the annual Day of Remembrance at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. PHOTO: gary van dyk

The Cape Field Artillery Pipe and Drum Band leads a group of veterans at the annual Day of Remembrance at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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The legacy of an institution that has cared for children for the past 60 years was celebrated on Friday with a colourful ceremony to pay tribute to those who started it.

Members of the armed forces stood to attention in front of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital as the Cape Field Artillery Pipe and Drum Band led a group of veterans.

Welcoming the guests, hospital manager Dr Anita Parbhoo explained that the annual Day of Remembrance was important to commemorate the World War II servicemen and veterans who donated two days’ pay to what was to become the iconic hospital.

“This year’s celebration also recognises 60 years of paediatric healthcare excellence,” she said. “Today, this world-class hospital has become a cornerstone in paediatric healthcare on the African continent and continues to save the lives of more than a quarter million children each year.”

The ethos of giving from the founding donors lives on through the fundraising of the Children’s Hospital Trust.

Liz Linsell, the trust’s head of legacies, explains that all donations to the trust go directly to the benefit of the patients.

“The trust’s Circle of Life legacy programme continues this tradition and commemorates those who have chosen to leave a legacy gift to the trust in their will,” she says.

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