45 Children’s hearts saved in one Mandela Day morning with Jacaranda FM and the Good Morning Angels!
Johannesburg, South Africa – On Mandela Day 2019 Jacaranda FM supported the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, specifically to perform life-saving heart operations on needy children.
The two-year-old, state of the art facility has all the latest technology and world-class medical practitioners to perform these delicate life-saving surgeries. However, they need public funding for consumables to perform these operations on children from impoverished families.
#GMAHeartsOfHope aimed to raise enough funds to enable the NMCH to mend at least 10 children’s hearts and in this way to give them, their families and communities hope for a better future. For an average of R40 000,00, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital can heal a child’s heart. This is only a fraction of the cost in a private hospital, but still out of reach for the majority of South African families.
More than 11-thousand children are born with heart defects in South Africa every year. The theatre waiting lists at state facilities are endless, and many of these children will not live long enough to wait for their turn. The waiting list for pediatric cardio surgery in Gauteng alone is over 300.
After three hours on-air, that total shot up to 30 hearts – with a total pledged of R1,2 million!
But the giving didn’t stop ….
On Friday morning, the total pledged and paid for stood at R1,8 million – that’s 45 hearts!!
Breakfast with Martin Bester and the Good Morning Angels would like to thank everyone who donated to give a child hope for the future.
“We are overwhelmed and immensely humbled by the support we received this morning,” says Jacaranda FM’s Martin Bester.
“It never ceases to amaze me how our listeners, and South Africans in general, rise up as one when there’s a call for help. I can think of no better way to celebrate Madiba’s legacy than by saving the lives of South Africa’s children. These little hearts could one day drive the minds of adults who change our country and the world for the better!”