Goldfish surprise patients at RCH

2019-12-19 12:59
David Poole and Dominic Peters from Goldfish shared some Christmas cheer at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on Wednesday 18 December.

David Poole and Dominic Peters from Goldfish shared some Christmas cheer at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on Wednesday 18 December. (Nettalie Viljoen)

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Ain't life grand.

Now and then, when all of the world’s worries start to get you down, something unexpected happens; something that makes you smile.

Watching David Poole, one half of the electronic duo Goldfish, play “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” on his saxophone to patients at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital was one such moment.

Originally from Cape Town, Poole and Dominic Peters now spend most of their time in the US to concentrate on the market there.

They had taken time out of their busy schedule to perform carols and other songs to patients, their families and medical staff at the hospital in Rondebosch on Wednesday 18 December.

They also handed out gifts.

Poole said they first partnered with the Children’s Hospital Trust (CHT) as ambassadors about a year ago.

He says they didn’t even have to think twice before saying yes to the trust’s invitation.

“Dom and I had spoken before about it and we agreed that if there was anyone cause we would really like to get behind, it was Red Cross hospital,” said Poole.

Goldfish donated their track “Hold Your Kite” to CHT as well as royalties received when the song was released in South Africa.

But Poole said there is only so much you can do on social media.

He said they felt it was important for them to visit the hospital in person to promote awareness about the wonderful work the hospital is doing.

“So we compared schedules and here we are,” said Poole.

Peters admitted that this wasn’t his first visit to Red Cross hospital.

He had been there before as a child when he had to be rushed to the hospital with an injury to his head.

Throwing rocks around on the beach, he had managed to drop one on his own head.

He received several stitches and said he remembered the day he arrived at the hospital and how attentive the medical staff was. 

Another boy who is now getting treatment for his injuries at the hospital is 11-year-old Keanu Isaacs of Bonteheuwel. He is currently recovering from severe injuries to his legs caused by a motor vehicle.

Playing outside behind a parked taxi, Keanu was not visible to a motorist who turned into a driveway.

He is unable to walk at the moment and will be spending the holidays in recovery.

His mother Janet Isaacs said the family was grateful to Goldfish for brightening up Keanu’s day.

Chantel Cooper, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, said they were privileged to have had Peters and Poole spend time with the children at the hospital. 

“It was beautiful to watch their faces light up when David played Christmas tunes on his saxophone.

Dominic and David brought sunshine to the wards through their music and gifts.

As trust ambassadors, it is important for them to meet the children and the dedicated staff as these are personal stories that can be shared with others.

The hospital is more than a building, it is about the dedicated staff who provide exceptional care to all children who walk through the doors of the iconic hospital.

The support from Goldfish means a lot to the trust, the staff and the children who benefit from it,” she said. 

At this time of year, the risk of children being injured in road traffic incidents, near-drownings, burn accidents and various other reasons, significantly increases.

The emergency centre at the hospital has reached its capacity to fully support the many children who come through its doors every day.

Its space is limited, the unit is overcrowded, and its logistics are inefficient.

The hospital has embarked on a project to upgrade and expand the hospital’s Emergency Centre which comes at a cost of R122 million and, to date, over R60 million has been raised.


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