A word from the CEO

clip_image002As another exciting year comes to an end, we’re celebrating milestones galore! With 50 babies at Netcare Sunninghill, five at Netcare Christiaan Barnard and 36 at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital having been operated on this year, we’re thrilled that our sponsors and partners have really been able to come to the party this year.

2010’s been full of highlights as well, with our Cardiac Congress attracting a record number of attendees, the Foundation’s expansion into the Cape, many awards being won, new partners and sponsors coming on board and large projects being kicked off that are going to do great things in 2011.

We could not possibly get by without the unending support of Mr. Lungi Sisulu our chairman, as well as our trustees – and we welcome Dr Richard Friedland, Dr Hendrick Mamorare and Dr Kenny Govendgrageloo who join Mr Norman Weltman, Dr Victor Litlhakanyane, Mrs Ayanda Sisulu- Dunstan and Mrs Albertina Sisulu to the board of trustees. Thank you for your wise council and guidance.

We said goodbye to a legend  in his own right, Dr Peter Colsen this year. Pete, you are missed by the many, especially by your beloved nursing staff. We wish you well in your new life of retirement. We also say goodbye to Madeleine Hicklin, who consulted to the foundation on fundraising and wish her well in her future ventures.

Our congratulations go to Sarah-Jane from Jenna Clifford’s Dream Big Foundation on the arrival of her baby boy—Cruz. We wish you all the best with your little cutie pie.

And now, here’s a taste of what we can look forward to next year: Our global patron, HRH Princess Haya, will host an event in Dubai to assist with critical fundraising and the 2011 Cardiac Congress is being planned, which will be hosted at Netcare head office 23/24th March.

We’re also in the process of completely revamping our website and brand, so keep an eye out for our “new look” from next year.

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a blessed holiday season filled with peace and love.



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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