It was with heavy hearts that we recently heard of the sudden passing of a member of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust extended family, volunteer fundraiser Stan Hannath.
In 2013, retirees Stan and Sally Hannath decided to go on a once in a lifetime adventure: travelling from Noordkaap in Norway to Cape Agulhas in Cape Town – by specially marked and branded van. This expedition was called cape2cape4kids.
Their incredible self-funded overland journey took them from northern most tip of Europe to the southern-most tip of South Africa. They visited many hospitals and schools along the way to raise awareness and funds for the soon to be built children’s hospital in Johannesburg.
The couple, from Noordhoek in Cape Town, undertook an adventurous and mostly trouble-free journey from Noordkaap in Norway to Cape Agulhas in South Africa from June to October of that year to raise much-needed awareness and funds towards the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The cape2cape4kids epic road expedition spanned 27 countries and 32 000 km, and lasted five months.
We tracked their progress in wonder as they traversed the lands, and were so excited and relieved when the trip finally came to its conclusion where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet. Our gratitude to both Stan and Sally is immeasurable. And in paying tribute to Stan and in his memory, we would like to express our deepest condolences to Sally and the rest of his family. His passion for supporting this project, and helping make it a reality left an indelible mark on all of us and will never be forgotten.