Red Cross R10m mark in sight

2016-06-14 06:00
Cadi de Jager is a proud ambassador to raise funds for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Cadi de Jager is a proud ambassador to raise funds for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

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The R10m mark for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is in sight.

The Children’s Hospital Trust has raised a whopping R4m for the building of the bigger and better paediatric ICU at the facility.

Nine-year-old Cadi de Jager, the Children’s Hospital Trust’s youngest ambassador, has also played a big part in reaching this significant milestone.

The former Red Cross Children’s Hospital patient, who was first diagnosed with a benign brain tumour and later with a Rathke’s Cleft cyst, has not only undergone brain surgery but has travelled around South Africa to call on the public to help raise funds for a new ICU.

“As a child who has first-hand experience of spending time in the ICU, she knows just how precious childhood is when your life hangs in the balance,”says Louise Driver, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust.

“Cadi has taken on her role as an ambassador with vigour and is passionate about giving back to the hospital that gave her a second chance at childhood.

“The R100m-plus project will see significantly improved intensive care services delivered to critically ill and injured children from South Africa and the rest of the African continent. Capacity will also be greatly increased, addressing the desperate need for more beds to treat some of the African continent’s sickest little patients.”

With the lion’s share of the funding already secured for the building of this life-saving unit, the Children’s Hospital Trust – the official fund-raiser for the hospital – is making an emotive appeal to the public to help them raise the final R6m to complete the building, with the help of little Cadi.

She has appeared on many radio and television shows promoting the cause and even travelled to Johannesburg in May to conduct live interviews with CliffCentral, ChaiFM and HotFM.

Construction on the unit began in October last year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

“It costs between R8000 and R10 000 for a child to spend just one night in the ICU at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, which could mean the difference between life and death,” continues Driver. “This new and improved unit will be able to cater for nearly double the amount of patients, saving more lives and essentially giving childhood back to many more patients. We are particularly grateful to Cadi, who has worked so hard despite being a child herself to represent the Children’s Hospital Trust and raise funds for this significant project.”

V Help the Children’s Hospital Trust and Cadi reach its R10m mark. SMS 40465 to donate R20 to building a bigger and better ICU or donate online at

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