Dinners for Africa’s Kids

South Africans urged to use their social calendar this winter to help raise funds to build much needed children’s hospital


03 July 2013 – As we approach the end of the winter season, South Africans are being encouraged to host social dinners with friends and family in what is being called the National Winter Dinner Challenge, a campaign that aims to help raise funds for the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

“We are urging all South Africans to host one dinner with friends and family this winter, at home or at a restaurant, where everybody around the table recognises the needs of Africa’s children and collectively makes a donation to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, using our dedicated SMS line,” says Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust.

Once the donations have been made, guests will be encouraged to accept the challenge of hosting their very own Winter Dinner. It is hoped that that a wave of dinners will sweep across the country to help raise funds to build this much needed hospital.

Each SMS costs R20 (terms, conditions and network administration costs apply). Those wanting to make more substantial donations, or donate online, can do so by visiting

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is a unique initiative as it is being built with the support of donors from across the globe, in honour of Mr. Mandela. A total of R1billion is needed to make the hospital a reality and every citizen and organisation in the world is being called upon to assist.

“The Winter Dinner Challenge is a fantastic way to make a significant difference using our networks of friends and family. If every South African heeds the call, imagine how much could be raised from this initiative alone,” says Yvonne Chaka Chaka, a Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital ambassador who will be hosting her own Winter Dinner with friends.

A host of other ambassadors will also be using their social networks to promote the campaign – these include Thabiso Sikwane, Azania Mosaka, Justice Ramohlola, ProVerb, Khaya Mthethwa, Mapaseka Makoti, Micasa, Theo Kgosinkwe and The Parlotones.

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be a 200-bed dedicated world-class children’s hospital that serves all children across Southern Africa. It will be Nelson Mandela’s living legacy and will ensure that no child is turned away from the care they need due to an inability to pay.

“The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will address a great need as there are only four hospitals in Africa to serve nearly 450 million children. Millions of these children suffer from life-threatening illnesses and have little or no chance of receiving the specialised care they need,” says Mkhabela.

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