All-4-One pleads for donations

2019-04-09 06:00
Presenter Hakeem Barends with music group, All-4-One, at RX Radio.

Presenter Hakeem Barends with music group, All-4-One, at RX Radio.

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Ambassadors for the newly launched campaign themed Leave your mark on life, run by the Children’s Hospital Trust, got the ball rolling as they brought international music group, All-4-One to explore its beneficiary on Wednesday 27 March.

The group is on a world tour, celebrating its 25th anniversary and they featured at the Cape Town concert series Music Alla Kaap 2019 that took place on Sunday 31 March. They were introduced to the hospital by the event organisers.

The group had an hour tour, visiting the key areas of the Red Cross War Memorial Hospital and interacted with the patients and staff.

Andrea Sasman, the trust’s public relations officer and events manager, said the tour was part of attracting donors and getting more support to help raise R150m in due time.

The fundraising initiative was launched on Tuesday 12 March and funds would go towards helping children who need treatment, and parents in need of comfort and hope during their stay at the hospital.

She says with this fundraiser the trust is working closely with its ambassadors. “Our ambassadors along with our donors are helping us raise the much-needed funds. We are appealing to our current donors as well as seeking new donors to help us heal seriously ill and injured children,” she said.

Sasman said working closely with the ambassadors will help to spread the message, create and maintain awareness and make sure the conversation about this campaign is always at the top of mind.

Meanwhile, members of All-4-One were thrilled to learn about the impact the hospital has in the lives of its patients. They said the fundraiser is a great initiative to work with because the hospital is not just an asset to South Africa but it is of value to the continent (Africa) at large.

All-4-One’s Delicious Kennedy said it is amazing to see that children are getting extensive care and are in good hands during their time of need. They appealed to the public to support.

Another band member, Tony Borowiak said they hope the Trust would be able to get the support it needs to raise the much-needed funds. “Please give as much as you can to help the children at the hospital and God will bless you.”

“This is our first time here and we are so impressed to have to witnessed this for ourselves, and we will use our voice to spread the message out there to make more people aware of the great stuff happening here,” added Jamie Jones, also from All-4-One.

As their presence in the hospital created such excitement, some parents who had doctor’s appointments for children were able to briefly interact with the group.

Loyiso Cothani from Crossroads said the presence of the artists changed the whole atmosphere at the hospital. He said he could not believe his eyes at the beginning thinking he was mistaking the artist with familiar locals. “It is so exciting, you know we have not been seeing them frequently anymore and let alone expecting to bump into them like this. It made the day so special for us.”

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