Gala dinner raises opens international doors

clip_image002To 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.

clip_image002[5]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!

clip_image002[7]The event also served as a valuable foot in the door, which will hopefully help establish a partnership with various African
embassies through Dr. Matlou of the African Foundation.

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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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One Response to Gala dinner raises opens international doors

  1. Molly Davies says:

    So nice to hear that the WSPF now has a house to accommodate the mothers.

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