Raising funds for the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital - Cape Town, South Africa

In 2009 my young grandson, Tristan, suffered burns to his upper body and was treated in the phenomenal Burns Unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. It was an extremely traumatising experience for us all and introduced us to the reality faced by so many sick children and their families who have to deal with this kind of trauma.

We are so grateful for the wonderful care and support Tristan received at the Hospital from doctors and medical staff that we decided, as a family, that it would be fitting for us to be able to give back in some way. I’ve therefore committed to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in July 2010 and will attempt to raise much needed funds for the Hospital.

100% of money I raise will be allocated directly to upgrade the Burns Unit - every cent donated to the Hospital Trust will directly benefit the Hospital.

Ultimately, the purpose of this project is to raise funds for an extremely deserving cause. I have given a personal guarantee to match the amount I must raise in sponsorships in the form of financial donations to the Trust.

I am very excited about being able to make a difference and sincerely hope you will be able to come on board with me in helping to get other sick children back home where they belong!

This is how you can get involved....


If you have a skill that you would like to 'donate' instead of money, this slot is for you.

I will create an event around what you have to offer and 100% of what people pay to attend will be donated to the hospital.

The hair spa day held in March at the Wayne.com salon at the One and Only Hotel is an example of such an event. We were able to raise R5250 on that day.


Kilimanjaro is 5895m high. You can decide to pledge a certain amount per meter that I climb. You can email your pledges to me at: ferreira@netpoint.co.za OR you can download a pledge page from the section on the right of this page and fax it to me.

If you can't pledge yourself, how about getting your company to pledge and to perhaps even challenge other companies to match or better their pledge!!


On the right hand side of the blog, near the top, there is a section that includes a direct link to the hospital's website.

Read all the directions before clicking on the link, it is important for the hospital to be able to allocate your donation correctly.

The hospital trust will issue a tax certificate for any donation over R100, so that's an extra bonus for both individuals and companies!


I am currently collecting goods to offer on an auction to be held later this year - anything that we can turn into money is welcome!

Just to give you a sample of some of the things we have at this stage: three TOP NOTCH bottles of South African wines, compliments of Janet Malherbe, and five signed copies of a book written by the adventurer and master fundraiser David Grier!

For more info on David: http://www.davidgrier.co.za/

I'd love to be able to offer nights away at wonderful places in our country, romantic dinners at special restaurants etc. So if you have any connections or have something that you can offer yourself, I'd love to hear from you!

Just to make double sure you have my contact details - here it is again: ferreira@netpoint.co.za

Tristan enjoying being a healthy, happy little boy!

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Will try and update on a regular basis!! :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

A full day in the mountains

Now that was an experience. Eight hours from stopping at the foot of the mountains to getting back to the car again. Yesterday we did a spectacular hike in the Du Toit's Kloof mountains just outside of Paarl. I actually swam in the ice cold river - trust me, I would not have believed that to be possible a few days earlier! The scenery was spectacular, the company great and I certainly had to face challenges along the route that were absolute firsts for me.

Sometimes one looks at an obstacle and simply can't imagine getting up or down all on your own! Well, at this stage I wouldn't have been able to do it on my own. I am so fortunate to have met the incredible people in my new hiking group - there was always a helping hand, and bit of advice and encouragement when I needed it. I wish they could all come with me to Kili!!

The closest I can come to sharing the beauty of this route is by posting some of the photographs we took. Have a look at the pics lower down on the right hand side of the page as well. The little guy at the top is a Sundevall's Shovel-Snout snake - totally harmless and petite - we met him on the rocks at the waterfall. He certainly lives in paradise - thanks Irene for identifying him!

Today I can really feel I've done something new, thank goodness for Votaren Gel and hot beanbags!!! It's time out for a day or two but I definitely feel that I'm on track. Anyone have a spare set of crutches???

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Getting those miles on the legs

Another week has just flown by! Tomorrow I'm going on my second hike and I'm super excited. We're doing a walk in the du Toit's Kloof mountains, a truly beautiful part of the Cape. Our route is going to take us along a river and we'll be going for a swim somewhere along the way! You'll have to wait a couple of hours to see the pictures - it sounds as if it is going to be something really special.

At least now I know what to expect and packing my backpack is going to be a bit easier than last week. Hopefully this time I'll sleep the night before, last week my nerves kept me awake half the night!

As for the running, on Saturday I ran a 10km race in Paarl. As it's the celebration of Nelson Mandela's release from prison, they organised a 27km race from the prison where he was held for many years; a kilometer for each year he spent in jail. Luckily for me, there was a shorter, 10km route as well and I opted for that one.

The distance markers for the 27km race read (e.g.):  10km (Another 17 years to go...) That really made one think, I couldn't imagine having done 10km and then still having another 17 to go at that stage, so imagine reading that as 'years behind bars' and so many years still ahead! No matter what your political affiliations are - that is food for thought!

Last night my friend and I ran 8km with our club, so slowly but surely those miles are adding up!

I'm furiously sending out invites to the Hair Spa day on the 15th of March, if you're interested - let me know!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My first hike!

I cannot believe that it took me so many years to discover the joys of hiking! Today saw my first attempt at conquering the local mountains. I was fortunate enough to be invited by a friend to join her group for a hike from Chapman’s Peak to Constantia Nek, a spectacular hike of approximately 4 and a half hours.

This special group of people get up very early every Thursday morning to explore the many hiking routes that we have in and around the Cape Town area. What a pleasure it was to be introduced to a new activity, meet lovely people and discover the beauty hidden behind the hills that I’ve driven past a million times!

For years, as a tour guide, I told people about the manganese deposits found above Hout Bay, the little wasp introduced years ago to kill off the alien vegetation and the fynbos vegetation that is unique to our part of the world. What a delight it was to finally stand next to one of the old manganese mining shafts for the first time ever and to see first hand how the little industrious wasp is quietly making a difference!

A great leader and a cameraderie that is well established amongst a group of people who have shared many hikes, as well as beautiful surroundings made for a truly enjoyable day.

My running is definitely paying off as well and I’m not sure that I would have had the stamina to keep up the way I was able to if I was not at least reasonably fit.

I’m learning how my body responds to all the different challenges I’m putting it through and slowly but surely I can feel that I am able to more and more. It’s a good feeling! Nothing comes without hard work, especially as you get older and now that I have embarked on this path I am determined to get to the next level. :)

A BIG thank you to the new angels that have crossed my path to help me along!