With a dire shortage of paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in Africa, a R100 million-plus expansion and upgrade of the paediatric ICU at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will significantly improve intensive care services and capacity to serve critically ill and injured children on the continent.
With the majority of funding already secured for the building of this life-saving unit, the Children’s Hospital Trust – the official fundraisers for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital – launched a public appeal in March to help raise the final R10 million for the building. South Africans rose to the challenge, donating through individual capacity as well as through companies, trusts and foundations and community groups, raising the impressive R10 million for this world-class facility.
CEO of the Trust, Louise Driver, says, “When we turned to the public to help us raise the final R10 million for the building costs of this project, we knew that it was an ambitious target. With a declining economy, many families in South Africa are tightening their belts. However, this R10 million raised symbolises the generosity and caring spirit that exists out there, no matter the personal circumstance. Each and every single donor has given childhood back to the thousands of little sick and injured children who visit the ICU each year.”
Key donors were given a sneak peek into the ICU progress on 26 July and were able to experience the completion of phase 1 of the building project.