Easter Bunny treats patients

2015-05-05 06:00
The Easter Bunny with patient Avuyile Ntubula (3 months).


The Easter Bunny with patient Avuyile Ntubula (3 months). PHOTO: supplied

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A fluffle of Easter Bunnies made a special bedside visit to children hospitalised at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

The Easter Bunny treatment formed part of the hospital’s annual Easter therapy on Thursday 2 April. This included festivities in the wards and an Easter parade outside.

The parade is designed to include hospitalised children in festivities they would ordinarily miss out on.

Angelique Jordaan, spokesperson at the hospital, says the event is aimed at spreading some joy in times that are tough for children and their families to spend in hospital.

The parade started at 10:30 with the arrival of the Easter Bunnies, specially transported by City Slickers Limousines.

“I always look forward to visiting the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and participating in the parade. Nothing gives me more joy than seeing the smiles on the faces of those patients. It warms my heart and sets the tone for the rest of my Easter weekend,” says one of the Easter Bunnies.

The Easter Bunnies, Barney, volunteers dressed as clowns and Jabulani entertainers from Reach for a Dream ensured festivities in the wards while the fun-filled parade continued outside. They used magic, balloons and juggling.

Jordaan says the crowd was kept entertained. Various activities included an animal petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, a puppet show, dance acts, magic tricks, musical items and the usual egg handovers.

“The Easter parade is one of the most longed for events on the hospital’s calendar. It is enjoyed by patients, visitors and staff alike,” she says.

Jordaan says through generous donations, the Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association was able to ensure that every patient received an Easter treat and helped them make Easter a memorable time for patients at the hospital.

“Without the generosity of our partners and donors, the Easter parade would not have been possible,” she says

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