A Remembrance Day ceremony will be held on Friday, 9 November at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital from 10h30 to 12h00 to pay tribute to World War II servicemen and veterans who initiated the fundraising and building of this specialist children’s hospital. The Trust invites all members of the public to celebrate this day at the Hospital. Call 021 686 7860 for more information or email Pauline.Solomons@chtrust.org.za
In 1945 South African soldiers stationed in Italy waiting to be repatriated to South Africa strongly believed that there should be a memorial to honour the soldiers that had fallen in the war, but that it should be a ‘living’ one that served the community – not merely a monumental structure. The servicemen, in overwhelming numbers, volunteered to donate two days’ pay towards what was to become the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
In 1945, it was suggested that a children’s hospital be built as a memorial to those who had contributed by sacrifice, suffering and service in World War II. As it was felt that children had been the innocent victims of the war, the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital was devoted to the relief of the suffering of children.
56 years later, the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is one of the top children’s hospitals in the world. Not only does the Hospital provide world-class treatment to seriously ill children but also carries out high level medical training both locally and internationally, and conducts ground-breaking research into childhood illnesses which has global influence.