Driving for Mandela children’s hospital

11 July 2013

South African couple Stan and Sally Hannath are driving 28 000 kilometres, from Norway back to their home in Cape Town, to raise awareness and funds for the construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg.

The expedition began in June and will see the couple travel through 27 countries over a period of about four months.

Their itinerary takes in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and finally South Africa.

The couple have already covered 5 700 kilometres of the journey and travelled through six countries, including Germany, Sweden and Estonia.

“Our planned and self-funded journey, called cape2cape4kids, will take us from NordKapp in Norway to Cape Agulhas in South Africa,” Stan Hannath said in a statement ahead of their departure.

“We plan to visit many hospitals and schools along the way to raise awareness for the new children’s hospital in Johannesburg.”

There is an overwhelming demand for a specialist paediatric hospital in the region and, once built, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be one of only five dedicated children’s hospitals in Africa.

The four current hospitals have to serve about 450-million children across the continent, according to the www.cape2cape4kids.co.za project, in comparison to 23 children’s hospitals in Canada, 20 in Germany and 19 in Australia.

“This hospital, to be built in Johannesburg, the gateway to Africa, epitomises Nelson Mandela’s love of children and is considered his final legacy to the children of Africa,” says cape2cape4kids.

All contributions and donations from the trip will be handed directly to the hospital, through recognised donation websites Givengain and Justgiving.

“Stan and Sally’s mission to travel not only across countries but also across continents is as inspiring as it is humbling,” said Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust chief executive officer, Sibongile Mkhabela.

“We are honoured that they have chosen the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust as the beneficiary of their fundraising endeavour, and we look to the global community to also consider how they can help Madiba’s wish for a dedicated children’s hospital come true.”

SAinfo reporter