Challenge to help little ones

2019-03-19 06:00
A patient the trust is proud to have helped.

A patient the trust is proud to have helped.

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Rondebosch-based Children’s Hospital Trust will once again embark on a massive fund-raising initiative following last year’s successful event (“Help heal little ones”, People’s Post, 13 February).

Themed “Leave your mark on life” the initiative was launched on Tuesday 12 March. The fund-raiser is aimed at helping children who need treatment and parents in need of comfort, hope and understanding by raising R150m.

Andrea Sasman, the Trust’s public relation’s officer and events manager, says with this fund-raiser 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 making sure the conversation about this campaign is always at the top of mind.

Funds raised will go towards various projects at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

The projects include:

.Weekend Waiting Lists: R1m to buy the equipment needed to support children and families through the Hospital’s Breatheasy Programme

.R112m to funding the building of the new Emergency Centre over the next two years

.R7.4m to provide the safety and protection that the hospital’s children need

.R4.8m to keep the voices of RX Radio alive and reaching out to more children than ever before

.R9m to fund the next cycle of this life-changing African Paediatric Fellowship Programme and a

.R19m to fund the new five-year cycle of a Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative.

Sasman says “We have made it this far due to the generous support of our donors and partners.”

The fund-raiser is held as part of celebrating 25-years since the Trust was found. The Trust celebrated its birthday on Thursday 14 February.

Sasman says reaching 25 years is “an extremely proud” milestone for the Trust. She said the initiative is in response to the growing demand for services by the community.

Last year, the Trust was busy working on an R13m fund-raiser for the establishment of the Haematology-Oncology Service at the hospital. It became a success in September. The construction of the facility is now underway and would be completed. The Trust hopes that the facility will be completed and officially opened in the last week of August this year.

Chantel Cooper, the Trust’s head of fund-raising, says they “truly” appreciate the support from donors and partners.

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