Gala lunch honors Mama Sisulu

picture4Celebrating 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!”

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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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