To coincide with the visit from HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein, the WSPCCA hosted a gala dinner to launch our charity SMS campaign, present our billboard advertising campaign and hold a charity auction of some beautiful artwork and sporting memorabilia.
With the help of our primary sponsors, Netcare, Vodacom and Absa, we managed to put on a fantastic do for our partners, friends and esteemed guests, which included members of the Sisulu family, the Princess, ambassadors from Jordan and the UAE and international guests from the Heart-for-Heart Foundation.
The charity auction saw works from Ana Floures, Wouter du Preez, Marnell Dickson and Fernando Correira go under the hammer. There were also various piece of sporting memorabilia and even an Arabian dinner personally catered by celebrity chef, Franz de Waal.
Raising R423,000 in the auction, we were pleasantly surprised when Absa pledged to match whatever was raised in the auction up to R400,000—which brought our grand total for the evening to over R800,000, which will pay for six surgeries. Amazing!