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Circle of Life Annual Tea

Celebrating the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital ‘Legacy of Excellence’, guests at the annual Circle of Life morning tea held at Kelvin Grove on 12 May were treated to more than tea and cake. 100-year-old sky-diving legend Georgina Harwood, ‘The Mind of a Fox’ author Clem Sunter and retired Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, Dave Beatty, all took to the podium to entertain and inform Legacy supporters. 

Esteemed Speakers

Georgina Harwood, who celebrated her 100th birthday in March, kicked off proceedings with a video showing her jumping out of a plane to mark her turn of the century. She described growing up during World War II and witnessing the war veterans dedicating their salaries to build the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in 1946. She said, “It is a beautiful building, I am proud to be a South African and I am proud to be here.” 

One of the founding trustees of the Children’s Hospital Trust, Professor David Beatty, spoke to guests about the Trust’s phenomenal track record of completing all projects on time and within budget as well as the fact that 100% of money raised by the Trust goes directly to the projects and programmes that it fundraises for. He also spoke of how the Trust’s inception in 1994 saved the Red Cross Children’s Hospital from shutting its doors, providing much needed funding for building projects and affiliated programmes. 

One of the world’s most sought-after strategic analysts, Clem Sunter, then took to the stage, describing trends and game-changing events that could affect all South Africans in the future. He said that in today’s society, ‘pockets of excellence’ were crucial. “The Hospital is a world-class facility and the work that the Children’s Hospital Trust does is an example of excellence,” he said. Sunter added that by supporting causes such as the Trust’s, people were making small differences that were the most significant. 

Leaving a Legacy

The aim of the Annual Circle of Life morning tea, this year, was to truly celebrate the Red Cross Children’s Hospital’s ‘Legacy of Excellence’. Head of the Circle of Life Legacy programme, Liz Linsell, invited guests to be a part of the Circle of Life programme so that they too could leave a legacy of excellence.

“The milestones and achievements of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital are an inspiration to the world and a legacy to the future of paediatric healthcare. The Circle of Life programme invites you to be a part of that future by leaving a legacy gift in your Will to the Children’s Hospital Trust, to help change the lives of the future generations of sick and injured children,” she said. 

The Children’s Hospital Trust’s Circle of Life Legacy programme encourages people to plan ahead by leaving a legacy gift or a bequest in their Will to the Children’s Hospital Trust. This ensures that future children will benefit from world class medical facilities for years to come. Those leaving a donation in their Will also ensure that their legacies live on long after they are gone, helping children to reach their important milestones in life. 

Special Guests

A crowd of over 100 steadfast supporters joined the Children’s Hospital Trust at the Annual Circle of Life morning tea this year. Guests were entered into a special raffle, with the first prize consisting of a two-night stay at the Rovos Rail St James Guesthouse worth R8 000.  Marilyn and Martin Crawford, who have raised over R250 000 for the Trust, walked away with the main prize.

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