The Red Cross Children's Hospital Trust (Advancing Children's Healthcare and Saving Children's Lives) - selected by Darren, Sherlin and Sibs from Kfm Mornings.
The Red Cross Children's Hospital Trust is an independent non-profit organisation established in 1994 to raise funds to support the world-renowned Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. The Hospital was built in 1956 in Cape Town and is a centre of excellence and first stand-alone tertiary hospital for children. It treats poor and marginalized communities not only in South Africa but in the whole of Africa.
The Trust relies on donations to ensure that the world-class hospital continues with its phenomenal work in providing life-changing and life-saving care for children. Funds raised go towards funding projects and programmes that change children's lives forever.
Over the past two decades, the Trust has raised over R600 million to upgrade the hospital's buildings, purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment, invent new medical treatment programmes, and train medical professionals. Operational costs of the Trust are covered separately from an endowment.
The hospital conducts pioneering and ground-breaking research into childhood illnesses which has a significant global impact and has achieved many milestones over the years, which is a first for pediatrics, namely: open heart surgery, successful separation of conjoined twins, dedicated cancer service, tracheostomy and ventilation home care programme, heart transplant, liver and kidney transplant, and deep brain stimulation operation.
The hospital holds the hope of a healthy childhood, a parents faith in healing, and a medical professionals' gift of prevention and cure. The tremendously good work is evident in the following statistics: treating an astounding 865 789 patients since 1956 in over 60 countries, taking care of 250 000 patients annually, and training 5641 medical professionals globally. A third of the patients are younger than a year old.
Nelson Mandela recognised the importance of healthy children and the need to "...put sunshine into the hearts of our little ones. They are our precious possessions...our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country...".
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The final amount contributed to the Red Cross Children's Hospital Trust is: R212,500
Chantel Cooper, Head of Fundraising, sent LottoStar the following letter, "We would like to express sincere gratitude for the generous donation of R212 500.00 received on the 10 October 2018. We sincerely appreciate the donation and the publicity we received through the Lottostar and KFM Campaign as the publicity has helped us raise awareness of the hospital. The full donation has also been allocated to the Upgrade and Expansion of the Emergency Centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Building will start in March 2019. Your support has played an important role in ensuring we are able to provide the hospital with what they need to save their lives of critically ill and injured children.
A specialist hospital like the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital – dedicated entirely to children, all children, is critically important. The Emergency Centre team understands the importance of providing care for a child and not a condition. A child is best understood in the context of their family, culture and values, and honouring this context will result in better healthcare, safety, and overall experience. It is imperative that the physical space supports this and does not contribute to the delay or disruption of care or makes it difficult for healthcare professionals to provide respectful and sensitive care. The current unit is in dire need of an upgrade and a detailed plan has been put in place to meet the needs of the unit. Some of the critical improvements include the upgrade of the medical and trauma resuscitation areas and an increase in number of consultation and procedure rooms."