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CROSS-CONTINENT EXPEDITION FOR NELSON MANDELA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ENDS

Stan and Sally Hannath from Noordhoek, Cape Town undertook an adventurous and mostly trouble-free journey from Noordkaap in Norway to Cape Agulhas in South Africa from June to October 2013 to raise much needed awareness and funds towards the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg.

The cape2cape4kids epic road expedition spanned 27 countries and 32 000 km, and lasted five months. The Hannaths funded their own journey so 100% of all donations received will be given directly to the hospital. The couple have currently raised over R16 000. Donations are still welcome via the GivenGain and JustGiving websites.

“Our incredible self-funded overland journey, cape2cape4kids, took us from northern most tip of Europe to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of South Africa. We visited many hospitals and schools along the way to raise awareness for the soon to be built children’s hospital in Johannesburg,” says Stan Hannath.

The most memorable part of their journey was the route through the picturesque Omo Valley in Ethiopia to Kenya past Lake Turkana. Lowlights included narrowly avoiding the violent unrest in Egypt and a bottle through their windscreen in Zambia, hurled from a passing bus.

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be one of only five dedicated children’s hospitals in Africa. Currently there are only four hospitals serving nearly 450 million children on our continent. This compares dismally to Canada which has 23, Australia which has 19 and Germany 20. While it epitomises Nelson Mandela’s love for children, this hospital will be a centre of excellence, providing much-needed specialist care for all children of Southern Africa, as well as improving on the skills base that currently exists in the medical profession.

“In addition, the fourth United Nations Millennium Development Goal, as stated in 2000, is to reduce child mortality. We hoped to raise sufficient awareness and funds through our journey to implement this global goal by building a world-class children’s hospital in the easily accessible city of Johannesburg.”

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust has already raised approximately R250 million but the development needs an additional R125 million to begin building and equipping the dedicated children’s hospital. Together with recruiting and training  the best medical professionals, the total amount needed is R1 billion. The hospital hopes to open its doors in October 2015.

“We are honoured to be a beneficiary of cape2cape4kids expedition. Stan and Sally’s initiative is not only an admirable feat, but their support of the building of this facility shows what is possible when citizens take it upon themselves to ensure a better future for our children,” says Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust.

The adventurous retired couple travelled through Jordan, Greece, Israel, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia and finally South Africa.

You can re-trace Stan and Sally’s epic journey through stories and photographs posted on their blog, Facebook and Twitter.

For cape2cape4kids information and photographs please visit www.cape2cape4kids.co.za
To donate please visit http://www.justgiving.com/stan-hannath or www.cape2cape4kids.givengain.org
For Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital information visit www.nelsonmandelachildrenshospital.org/