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LITTLE OPTIMIST RALLIES CAPE TOWN COMMUNITY TO  “PAINT THE RED CROSS”

 Little Optimist and Children’s Hospital Trust ambassador, Greg Bertish, gives Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital a refreshing 60th anniversary gift

 Greg Bertish – a big wave surfer and former South African Stand UP Paddle Board and South African Surf Lifesaving Champion – holds the Red Cross Children’s Hospital close to his heart. The 46-year-old dad, who has undergone two open heart surgeries, can still relate to the need for a little bit of optimism and a dose of inspiration when it comes to recovering from a life-threatening stay in hospital.

It’s because of this that Bertish decided to support the Hospital a few years ago and most recently, has embarked on a passionate plea to the public , using social media to rally together support for his “Let’s paint the Hospital project.” The response was overwhelming with thousands of members of the public coming forward to pledge their dedication in giving the Red Cross Children’s Hospital a fresh lick of paint.

Although the Western Cape government regularly maintains the Hospital, this community-driven initiative is the most fitting 60th anniversary gift, ensuring that the thousands of patients who are treated at this world-class Hospital each year have an even more homely and appealing place to stay. The project will be implemented in early 2017.

Minister Nomafrench Mbombo says, “Each and every one of our facilities throughout the Western Cape belongs to the people of this province. We encourage the public to take ownerships of every hospital and clinic. By doing so, we can all collectively work towards providing quality healthcare to each and every citizen of the Western Cape.  We are delighted to have Mr Bertish helping us achieve that vision.”

Funds raised through the Children’s Hospital Trust will go towards purchasing the paint as well as the professional services needed for the project.

Children’s Hospital Trust CEO, Louise Driver, says, “This early and unexpected gift shows just what a community is capable of when people come together to support a cause. The Trust is exceptionally grateful to Greg Bertish, our ambassador, for once again giving a fundraising project such energy and enthusiasm. It is people like him who are an inspiration, showing just how far a little bit of optimism can go.”

Earlier in 2016, Bertish raised over R250 000 for the new paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

If you would like to make a donation towards this project please visit childrenshospitaltrust.org.za or call 021 686 7860

Publicity Manager for the Children’s Hospital Trust

021 686 7860

Tammy.burdock@chtrust.org.za