Purpose of the visit to the hospital: 

For many children, the holidays are about fun in the sun, playdates and spending quality time with loved ones. Others, like 11-year-old Keanu Isaacs of Bonteheuwel, is currently recovering from severe injuries to his legs which was caused by a motor vehicle that had driven over him while he was playing outside. This brave little boy currently unable to walk, will be spending the holidays in recovery.

To inspire hope, joy and festive cheer, internationally acclaimed South African born musical duo GoldFish, visited the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on Wednesday the 18th of December to perform Christmas carols and other songs with a saxophone for Keanu, patients, their families and medical staff. They also handed out gifts which brought smiles to every child present.

How did the children react to the songs and gifts? 

Many of the patients are not familiar with receiving gifts so some children were pleasantly surprised while others smiled shyly when the soft and comforting plush toys were handed to them.

“We are so privileged to have had Dominic and David spend time with children in the hospital. It was beautiful to watch their faces light up when David played Christmas tunes on his saxophone and needless to say staff and parents were swaying to the music. Dominic and David definitely brought sunshine to the wards through their music and gifts. As Trust Ambassadors, it is important for them to meet the children and the dedicated staff as these are personal stories that can be shared with others. The hospital is more than a building, it is about the dedicated staff who provide exceptional care to all children who walk through the doors of the iconic hospital. The support from GoldFish means a lot to the Trust, the staff and the children who benefit from it”, said CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, Chantel Cooper.

How did GoldFish get involved?

GoldFish, the electronic music duo originating from Cape Town, South Africa, consisting of Dominic Peters and David Poole last year partnered with the Children’s Hospital Trust (CHT) as Ambassadors. In full support of the Trust’s fundraising efforts, they generously donated their track ‘Hold Your Kite’ to CHT as well as royalties received when the song was released in South Africa.

As a child Dominic was rushed to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital with an injury to his head which was caused by a rock that had fallen on him while playing. He received several stitches and clearly remembers the day when he arrived at the hospital and the attentive compassionate care received from medical staff.

The hospital is especially busy during the festive season, which coincides with the long summer holidays. At this time of year, the risk of children being injured in road traffic incidents, near drownings, burn accidents and various other reasons, significantly increases. The medical and surgical teams at the hospital’s Emergency Centre are on high alert, 24/7, to provide efficient care to the patients admitted.

To maintain its world-class standards, the hospital has embarked on a project to upgrade and expand the hospital’s Emergency Centre which comes at a cost of R122 million and to date, over R60 million has been raised.

The current Emergency Centre has reached its capacity to fully support the many children of who come through its doors every day. Its space is limited, the unit is overcrowded, and its logistics are inefficient. The fundraising project will help us to upgrade, enhance and improve the facilities – for the benefit of every single child admitted.

Both Dominic and David have a soft spot for the hospital and has pledged to support efforts to raise funds for the Emergency Centre and calls on the public to donate today:

https://www.childrenshospitaltrust.org.za/donate/.

Description of the Children’s Hospital Trust

The Trust was established in 1994 to fundraise for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and in 2011 expanded its reach to fundraise for paediatric healthcare in the Western Cape and beyond. Since 1994, the Trust has proudly assisted the Hospital to upgrade its buildings and equipment and to develop its professional staff. 100% of all donations go directly to the Hospital and prioritised paediatric healthcare needs, and not a single cent is spent on administration costs. The Trust is a non-profit organisation that relies on the benevolence of donors to realise its aims and objectives. It enjoys a record of sound financial administration and good governance, but whilst it has raised funds to address many pressing needs, much has yet to be done.

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