Celebrating her 90th birthday this year, Mama Sisulu was the guest of honour at a gala lunch— venue compliments of the Sandton Convention Centre—on 21 October by WSPCCA. The three platinum sponsors of the Foundation – Vodacom, Absa and Netcare –came together for the first time to co-sponsor this event. Mama Silulu—dressed in a stunning Claret suit compliments of designer Henja Schaap— was lead into the venue by an honour guard of bagpipes.
A number of prominent South Africans, including former president, Nelson Mandela, came together, not only to pay homage to her, but also to recognise the contribution that the WSPCCA has made over the last five years in paediatric cardiac surgery.
The day’s festivities included a number of auctions, from a cricket shirt autographed by Shaun Pollock, original artwork of Albertina and Walter Sisulu by US artist Marni Spencer-Devlin, Jenna Clifford Jewellery, a catered dinner by Franz the Power Chef and various other sporting memorabilia donated by Absa and Vodacom. Approximately R1million was raised from the wonderful birthday lunch celebration.
The WSPCCA is continually blessed with the generosity of its partners, which have grown from 34 in 2008 to 59 as we enter the New Year and continues to look for willing partners who can contribute financially and in—kind. As Vodacom Foundation’s Mthobi Tyamzashi said at the event: “It’s all because of that Mrs. Blizzard!”