A word from the CEO

lyndaWhat an unbelievable year we’ve had here at the WSPCCA!  We’ve saved a record number of children, we’ve been visited by royalty, we’ve won all sorts of awards and we’ve also almost doubled the number of partners that we have supporting the cause, for which we are so grateful.

As you know, almost 90% of all congenital heart disorders are treatable if detected early enough, which really motivates—and challenges— us to find ways to help even more children throughout Africa.

This project, founded by Dr. Robin Kinsley in November 2003, is something that cannot run effectively without the dedicated efforts of our multi-disciplinary medical teams of doctors and nurses, our generous partners, our board of Trustees and, of course, the Sisulu family with their ongoing patronage.  We will continue to ensure that we maintain our high levels of integrity, transparency, and ethics to ensure Walter’s legacy lives on.

We also have to thank our PR Agency—Tribeca Public Relations— for all the R8 million-worth of PR Mileage that we’ve enjoyed in the media, and all of wonderful volunteers for their invaluable help throughout the year.  Special thanks also go to Dr. Kinsley for his support, my personal assistant and guardian angel Patsy, and our part-time fund-raiser Maddie for their hard work and dedication.

2009 is going to be a very exciting year for the WSPCCA.  In January we’ll post our event calendar for the year, which will be jam-packed with exciting fund-raising activities.  We’ll post the all-important training and development programmes, which form an important part of the WSPCCA’s mission of providing quality care for its patients, developing its staff and helping the rest of Africa’s doctors and nurses identify and treat congenital heart defects.

We’ll also be announcing the global patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein—heart warming news indeed!!
Once again, thank you to each and every one of you for your valued support and here’s wishing you and your families a fantastic holiday season!

“Give without remembering, receive without forgetting”

Cheers,

Lynda

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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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