This morning the Piggy Bank campaign was launched by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) Trust at Rivonia Primary School in Sandton. The campaign is part of the trust’s For Kids By Kids (FKBK) initiative.
NMCH Trust ambassador ProVerb was on hand to talk about the need of the hospital and how the kids can help. The hip hop artist and Idols presenter was joined by Scooter Addicts, who are only a few days into their 8-month riding expedition, which will see them riding through Africa, the Middle East and eventually Ireland, visiting 14 children’s hospitals along the way.
For their Johannesburg leg of the journey, they joined ProVerb as he visited Rivonia Primary School. FKBK will be visiting other schools across the country in the coming months as part of the campaign activations. The campaign will run until December 2014
The campaign, symbolised by piggy banks, encourages children around the country to take part in raising funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The campaign will be managed by the individual schools, as the schools decide how to take part.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be a specialist referral hospital catering for children with long term needs. It will fill a huge gap in the country’s health programme.
Says Sibongile Mkhabela, the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust: “The public fundraising campaign for the hospital was launched in 2012 and will become Nelson Mandela’s living legacy. Every South African can make a contribution, no matter how big or small, to the construction of this paediatric care centre. Corporates, parents, schools – every contribution from the public will make a difference in turning the hospital into reality.”
All schools, students and teachers are asked to contribute to the legacy, helping provide children who suffer from complicated illnesses a chance to heal. Says Mkhabela: “Let us all give generously so that this facility can truly show how thankful we are for Madiba’s contribution. This hospital will ensure that children receive the best medical care possible.”
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