Many people take it for granted that they are able to capture memories on film – be it still photographs or video clips. There are often families of patients at the Hospital who don’t own cameras but thanks to Wouter van Warmelo, these families will now have photographic keepsakes.
Wouter has been photographing patients at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital since September 2009. A nurse in Theatres suggested this initiative a few years ago and the Children’s Hospital Trust proposed the idea to the University of the Third Age (U3A), of which Wouter is a member. Wouter didn’t hesitate in his response and thanks to the sponsorship of an anonymous donor, Wouter is able to print the photos he takes and brighten the faces of the patients and families he visits.
Over 4 000 patients have been photographed thus far and the project is still ongoing. Wouter shared insights of his photography sessions at the Annual General Meeting of the U3A at the end of March 2013 in the Baxter Concert Hall.
After his talk, the chairperson of the U3A asked guests for donations and an amazing R7 000 was collected there and then. Donations were split equally between the Children’s Hospital Trust and the Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association.