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Little Optimist and Children’s Hospital Trust ambassador Greg Bertish, with help from sponsors and supporters, gives Hospital a make-over as 60th anniversary gift 

The facelift of the iconic 60-year-old Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will launch on Monday, 23 January. Children’s Hospital Trust ambassador Greg Bertish has rallied the community, drawing in over R94 000 in donations so far as well as sponsors and supporters who have come on board to make this gift a reality.

Bertish – a big wave surfer and former South African Stand UP Paddle Board and South African Surf Lifesaving Champion – holds the Red Cross Children’s Hospital close to his heart. The 46-year-old dad, who has undergone two open heart surgeries, can still relate to the need for a little bit of optimism and a dose of inspiration when it comes to recovering from a life-threatening stay in hospital.

After embarking on a passionate plea to the public for support, Bertish began working closely with Western Cape Government: Health and Red Cross Children’s Hospital Management to launch the painting project.

He says, “The painting of the Hospital will take at least 10 weeks and involves so many more intricacies and processes that I ever could have imagined. However, we’ve had incredible supporters and sponsors step forward as well as very generous donations from the public, which have allowed this dream to become possible.”

The sponsors of the project so far include Alpinist Safety Consultants, Bee Painters, Cancer Dojo, Kansai Plascon, UPAT and Vertical Logic.

While the Western Cape government regularly maintains the Hospital, this community-driven initiative is the most fitting 60th anniversary gift, ensuring that the thousands of patients who are treated at this world-class Hospital each year have an even more homely and appealing place to stay.

Funds raised through the Children’s Hospital Trust will go towards purchasing the paint as well as the professional services needed for the project.

Children’s Hospital Trust CEO, Louise Driver, says, “We are overwhelmed by the unbelievable generosity of sponsors as well as donors who have contributed financially to this mammoth project. A task such as this one often involves all sorts of unforeseen costs, which is why the support of public is always greatly relied upon.”

If you would like to contribute to the Hospital’s 60th anniversary gift, 100% of your money will go directly to the purchasing of paint and the professional serviced needed for the project. Not a single cent is spent on administrative costs.

Please use the following bank details:

Bank: Standard Bank

Branch: Rondebosch

Branch code: 025009 Account No: 071 443 126

Reference: Paint+Your Initial+Your Surname

Please email a copy of your deposit slip for our records to




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