Sam Shilowa gives a gift on his own birthday

picture4In celebration of Gauteng Premier, Mbhazima “Sam” Shilowa’s 50th birthday, he had a special cultivar of rose named after him and put on sale to benefit charity.

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’.”

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About The WSPCF

The Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation (WSPCF) is a philanthropic paediatric cardiac foundation for Africa, focussing on delivering life-saving surgery for underprivileged children with congenital heart disorders from across Africa. It also aims to develop diagnostic and treatment skills amongst Africa’s medical fraternity and conducts critical research into paediatric cardiac healthcare. The cardiac surgery or intervention is undertaken at the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa situated in Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, , as well as at Cape Town’s Netcare Christian Barnard Memorial and Red Cross Children’s Hospitals. The WSPCF was founded by Dr. Robin Kinsley in 2003, and was established as a living legacy to the late Walter Sisulu and his widow, Albertina, both of whom dedicated their lives to helping children in need.
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