Toys donated to young patients

2016-11-15 06:00
David Stephens, executive director of the Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association (left) and Ted Vickery, event director of the Landmarks Challenge, meet some of the toys and teddy bears that were donated to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

David Stephens, executive director of the Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association (left) and Ted Vickery, event director of the Landmarks Challenge, meet some of the toys and teddy bears that were donated to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

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Toys and teddy bears are taking over the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, with a massive donation to make the young patients enjoy their stay there.

The toys started their invasion on Friday 4 November as runners and walkers of Cape Town were thanked for once again being part of an annual fun run/walk and half marathon event that took place recently.

The Landmarks Challenge, arranged by the Western Province Cricket Club in association with the Sports Science Institute of SA and other sponsors, sees runners and walkers explore a scenic route in the southern suburbs.

Participants in the half marathon and the 6km interschools fun run/walk events also bring stuffed toys and teddy bears along on the day, which are collected for the hospital.

David Stephens, executive director of the Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association, says the toys will make a big difference to the children being treated at the hospital.

“Ever since the Friends started 38 years ago, our aim has been to reduce the anxiety of the hospital’s patients and their parents,” he says.

“Being in a hospital is certainly not a natural place to be for a child, but we have seen that being able to give a soft toy to the children helps deal with their anxiety. They can definitely feel the love of the people of Cape Town who donated the toys. The toys become their comfort, their buddies and their support.”

The toys were collected on the day of the Landmarks Challenge with the help of ADT Security, which parked two of its vehicles along the route as drop-off points for the donations.

The company’s district manager for Cape Town south, Jade Hanning, describes the Landmarks Challenge and the interschools race as good events, for more than just one reason.

“Not only do you get the chance to run through some of the most beautiful landmarks of the Mother City on the day, but you also get the chance to put a smile on the faces of the kids at Red Cross.”

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