The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital- the first in the country- has joined forces with a PSL side Orlando Pirates to help achieve its dream: being built.
Today, the players graced the construction site.
As part of the drive to conscientious the public to be part of this milestone for the kids, Bucs will market and promote the campaign to build the hospital at their games at Orlando Stadium.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be a child-centred high-care facility working on a referral only basis. The hospital is help to alleviate the dire paediatric need, especially in areas of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery, Haematology, Oncology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Craniofacial Surgery, Neurosciences and General Paediatric Surgery – collectively called its Centres of Excellence.
The partnership with Orlando Pirates is borne out of a clear understanding of the need to raise awareness of this hospital project, reaching South Africans from diverse backgrounds.
“South Africa is a country of sports lovers, and through the support of the Orlando Pirates we will be able to reach a much bigger audience that we would otherwise miss. As an organisation we are open to support from all organisations, from all industries because we believe in the power of the collective to truly make a difference,” says Joe Seoloane -Project Lead Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
To date R800 million has been raised towards the R1 billion that will be needed for building, equipment, interior design and training as well as other capital costs.
Players in unison said, it will be their dream to see the completion of the hospital considering most of the kids are in dire situation as a result of different diseases they go through. “The hospital will be in better state to attend to their needs and ours is to drive that message by involving the public to also, play their part.”
The hospital built at Parktown not far from Bucs head office- was an idea of the late Dr Nelson Mandela- is projected to open in December 2016.
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