The “Shilowa Rose”, cultivated by Ronald de Leeuw of De Leeuw Roses, will be available from 70 garden centres and nurseries throughout Gauteng from the start of the new rose season in August 2008. A percentage of the cost of the rose will be donated to the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa (WSPCCA).
The idea of the rose was conceived by Wendy Luhabe, Mr. Shilowa’s wife, in close association with Dream Big – the philanthropic initiative by jewellery designer Jenna Clifford and Olympic gold-medallist and SA swimmer Ryk Neethling, which supports a number of charities including the WSPCCA.
“Sam wants to be able to leave a lasting legacy in celebration of his birthday,” Mrs. Luhabe said.
“To this extent, R2,25 from the sale of every rose will be donated to the WSPCCA and every child saved as a result of the donations will be called a ‘Shilowa Rose Child’.”