With so many of the foundation’s young patients coming from poverty-stricken areas in Africa, the vast majority of their parents cannot afford to pay for accommodation while their children undergo the process of life-saving surgery and post-operative observation.
Although the hospital does have two four-bedded boarding rooms for parents of cardiac children, they are not exclusively for the use of the charity parents. From time to time we have had free accommodation from Southern Sun but we quickly found ourselves in a situation that was not ideal.
Transport costs to and from the hotels and guest houses, as well as limited space and facilities at the hospital meant that the foundation has run up a transport and accommodation bill of close to R300,000 over the past three years.
Well, things have changed—the WSPCCA is very pleased to announce that the foundation’s wish has come true thanks to the kindness of its valued partners and the WSPCCA’s global patron, HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein.
With generous donations from Netcare, Vodacom Foundation and the Absa Foundation, as well as support from Princess Haya, the WSPCCA has secured a house that is perfectly situated right over the road from the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital.
But a house is nothing without its furnishings and this is where the WSPCCA’s partners and friends have come out in huge support of the charity – donating furniture, appliances, garden services, plants, decorations, paint and consumables to ensure that the house becomes a home.
These partners include: Absa Foundation, ADT Security, Alexander Hahn Architects, Alive Art, Beds For Africa, Cats Digital Expert, Continental Linen, Drum Tribe, Foto Cats, Elite Furniture, Gaby’s, Investec, Lesley’s Tracks, Living Textiles, Massmart Holdings, Meditech, Netcare Sunninghill Hospital, Patio Warehouse, Protea Hotel – Wanderers, Protea Hotel – Witbank, Razorworx Razor Wire, Super Group, Tribeca Public Relations, Value Truck Rental and Vodacom Foundation.
The wonderful news of the launch of the Sheikha Al Jalila House for the WSPCCA also coincided with another very happy celebration, Mama Albertina Sisulu’s 91st birthday!