Soil will be unearthed today, 28 August 2013 at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town as building commences for a Childsafe Research and Educational Centre – the first and only dedicated centre for child safety and injury prevention in Africa. The Children’s Hospital Trust has addressed the vital need for this centre by raising the funds necessary to start building for completion in May 2014.
The Woolworths Trust, the key project funder, has donated just under R1.5million of the R6.4million needed to build and equip the new facility that will house the staff and activities of Childsafe South Africa. The new centre will thus be named the Woolworths Childsafe Research and Educational Centre and will include a ‘Safety Demonstration House’ to visually demonstrate and educate the general public on how to safeguard their homes to reduce the incidence of child accidents.
Since founded in 1978, Childsafe SA has operated from the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, where almost 10 000 children are treated in the Trauma Unit each year. The organisation works tirelessly to reduce and prevent child injuries of all severity through research, education, environmental change and recommendations for legislation.