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Circle of Life Tea at Kelvin Grove

Braam Malherbe & top paediatric professor Jenny Thomas highlight the “gift of giving” at Circle of Life tea 

Celebrating the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital’s 60th year, guests at the annual Circle of Life morning tea held at Kelvin Grove on 15 June were treated to a high tea and the compelling speakers’ shared experiences of the gift that is in giving.   

Esteemed Speakers

Professor Jenny Thomas, previous Head of Anaesthesia at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, used the occasion to talk through the 60 years of the Hospital’s history and its significance since opening its doors in 1956. She emphasised its child-friendly approach and the incredible milestones that it has accomplished along the way. Thomas also described how the role of the hospital, the doctors and the nurses is to set and maintain standards of care that look after children.

Conservationist, author, TV presenter, youth developer, extreme adventurer and highly sought-after international motivational speaker, Braam Malherbe took guests through the story of his life and how his struggles have lead him to where he is today: a man with a passion rather than a man with a job. He said that it was never too late to change, to dream big and to live with humility and gratitude, contributing to the gift of giving. He asked the audience, “How can you be an asset to the planet?” Ultimately, he explained, it’s about small contributions collectively making up the big changes and improvements that we wish to see in our world.

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 60th Anniversary, taking a proud look back at the history of this iconic paediatric centre 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. It is thanks to these supporters, whose individual contributions collectively make such a big difference, that the Hospital operates as well as it does. This year’s event also raised over R13 000, which will go towards the upgrade and expansion of the paediatric ICU at the Hospital.

Blogger Regine Lord, often features Trust events and captures them from the most beautiful perspective. To read her impeccable write-up on the event click here

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