Paul du Toit was a true champion to thousands of children treated at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. He was an official Children’s Hospital Trust Champion for a number of years and was also involved in the very first Art Benefit and many thereafter in aid of the Hospital. Having suffered through rheumatoid arthritis at age twelve, Paul was an avid supporter of the Hospital and was quoted as saying, “The Red Cross Children’s Hospital is very close to my heart. I’m thrilled that I can make a real difference to the lives of these kids by doing something I love”.
In 2005 Paul joined an outstanding line-up of artists included the late Cecil Skotnes, Beezy Bailey, Brett Murray and Doreen Southwood for the third annual Maersk Sealand Art Benefit. For this particular Benefit Paul and the other acclaimed artists were tasked to give artistic expression to the theme “Pandora’s Box”. In Greek Mythology, Zeus gave Pandora a box, warning her not to open it. Curiosity prevailed and Pandora opened the box, unleashing all evil upon the world. Only hope remained, our gentle, yet powerful defence against a harsh world. In the attached visuals Paul and other artists collaborated with Hospital patients to create their own version of Pandora’s Box which was auctioned for a significant amount at the event. Paul’s spirit of generosity will forever be felt throughout the wards of the Hospital and his legacy will live on in the lives of sick children who were given hope of a second chance in life.
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Paul du Toit 1965 – 2014