A word from the CEO

clip_image002Wow. I just cannot believe how time has flown by. I’ve even seen some Christmas advertising around town and on TV so we’re closer to the festive season than I think many of us
realise!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Vodacom Foundation, Edwards Lifescience Foundation and Medtronic Foundation, our training and development initiatives are well
underway with Dr Robin Kinsley’s expert guidance.

One simply cannot underestimate the value of corrective heart surgery or
intervention that saves a life, and that can mean the difference between a life expectancy of a few months and one of 70 years. In keeping with our focus on training and development, our skills exchange pilot project commenced this month. The first cardiac professional, Mr Eddie Zwicky, a perfusionist on the cardiac surgical team, is in the German Heart Hospital in Munich and we look forward to feedback from him.

We’ve also got two of our nursing staff going over to Germany soon for a skills exchange and we also welcome Dr. Johan Brink from the University of the Free State and Dr. Frank Edwin from Ghana who join the WSPCCA family for the next 24 months.

Finally, we always talk of and are continually inspired by people like Jenna Clifford to “DREAM BIG”  Well, certainly the most ambitious project we have undertaken within a three month period here at WSPCCA is the purchase of a house that will be opened as a home to our indigent children and their mothers. 

Through the generosity of many, many wonderful people who responded to my appeal for help we will be realising this BIG DREAM at the official opening of our home on the 21st of October. We will run a feature in our next newsletter of the official opening but may I say, in advance, a HUGE thank you to all who made this possible!  Patsy, Jacqui and Maddie, you have slept, dreamt and worked  24/7 alongside me to bring this dream to fruition – you are simply the best!

Please remember our forthcoming annual gala dinner celebrating both Mama Albertina Sisulu’s 91st birthday and the global patronage of the HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein. Tickets are still available so contact us on 011 257 2017 ASAP to book.

God Bless

Lynda Bleazard

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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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