R60k boost for children’s hospital

Some of the members of the Barrister Regulars Club during their lunch outing at their favourite spot. From left are Roger Randall, chairperson, Vaughan Beattie, treasurer, and Lance Chandler the owner of Barristersin.
Some of the members of the Barrister Regulars Club during their lunch outing at their favourite spot. From left are Roger Randall, chairperson, Vaughan Beattie, treasurer, and Lance Chandler the owner of Barristersin.

A group of regular restaurant customers at Barristers Grill in Newlands has donated R60 000 to Maitland Cottage Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital.

They reportedly deposited the amount into the hospital’s account on Tuesday 27 March.

The funds will help with the day-to-day expenses of the hospital.

Vaughan Beattie, treasurer of the Barristers Regulars Association, says they started their relations with the hospital five years ago with the donation of small amounts each year and they have now grown to up to 40 members and manage to raise more than R40 000 a year for the hospital­.

“We started by raising about R5500 years back, but this year, in just the third month into the year, we have managed to raise R60 000. It is amazing and we are proud to be able to make a difference in the lives of little children in need.”

Beattie says they set a target of raising R100 000 for this year.

“We are now left with R40 000 to raise. I would like to thank everyone who made this possible for us and the Association members for their tireless efforts to organise and participate in these activities.”

He says the donation was the proceeds of a golf day that took place on Thursday 22 March at Westlake Golf Club.

Beattie says the club hosts various activities on a regular basis to raise funds throughout the year. He says they all met at the restaurant and started becoming friends as they would have lunch together, Later they came up with the idea of strengthening their friendship through giving back to the community of Newlands and they identified the hospital as the benficiary­.

Josephine Joseph, an independent fundraiser for the hospital, says they are appreciative of the good work done by the Association for the hospital.

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