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Lest We Forget

On Friday, 7th November 2014, The Children’s Hospital Trust held our annual Day of Remembrance Ceremony to honour the WW2 South African soldiers who were instrumental in the founding of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. They decided to donate two days of their pay to the Cape Red Cross Society to create a place of healing for children and a living memorial in memory of their fallen comrades.

Over 200 guests and visitors gathered outside the Hospital for the military parade and a moving service conducted by Hospital chaplain Reverend Lynn Pedersen. Professor Malcolm Bowie, one of the first doctors at the Hospital when it opened in 1956, came all the way from Knysna, accompanied by his wife Elaine and friend Ian Braatvedt, who was one of the original WW2 founder donors.

The focal point of the wreath-laying ceremony was the statue of Peter Pan, dedicated to the memory of Peter, four year-old son of Mr Vyvyan Watson, Chairman of the Red Cross Society and the driving force behind the fundraising and construction of the Hospital.
Ted Parlabean, patron and former Chairman of the Children’s Hospital Trust was the keynote speaker. He honoured the servicemen who gave their lives in wartime and said that they “would really cherish and see this as a fitting memorial to the love for their country and the sacrifice of their young lives.”

“It’s all due to the men and women who died for our country, they helped build this hospital, but not many people know that. Their vision was to create a living memorial and today this world class hospital has become a cornerstone in paediatric healthcare in Africa, saving the lives of more than a quarter of a million children every year. They left a legacy behind, and this hospital is that legacy.”    Ted Parlabean

Did you know the two minutes silence originated in Cape Town in 1918?

Legacies are a critical source of future funding for the Children’s Hospital Trust – and children who will need the services of this incredible Hospital in years to come.

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