Concert of Gratitude: ‘In our 107 years of existence, I don’t think the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra has ever been this indebted to the health workers of South Africa’!
Western Cape, South Africa (15 September 2021) – To demonstrate its sentiments, the Cape Town Philharmonic will, on Wednesday, September 15, hold a lunch-hour outdoor concert, Concert of Gratitude, at Groote Schuur Hospital for frontline healthcare workers nationally, streamed live, to show recognition and appreciation for the work that they are doing.
After 18 months of working on the frontlines, the health care workers are broken and beyond tired. The province currently has approximately 33,000 health care workers who have given their all for the public. The COVID pandemic has claimed the lives of 193 staff members, and they are also remembered at this time.
As the province slowly emerges from the Third Wave of the COVID pandemic, which has seemed to go on longer than imaginable, the Western Cape Department of Health has prioritised the recognition of the unquantifiable sacrifices that health workers have made.
“We are sad indeed about the pandemic which has claimed the lives and livelihood of so many, in particular in the arts industry. We are, however, so grateful that, thanks to the staff of hospitals throughout the Western Cape, In particular, we are still here. This concert of joyous and inspiring music is a celebration of life, a salute to the health workers, and a mark of our profound gratitude.” says Louis Heyneman, CEO of the CPO.
The idea of this initiative, the Concert of Gratitude, was born out of Hospital Heroes – a movement founded by three individuals who saw the need to recognise and reward the Herculean efforts made by the frontline healthcare and medical staff at hospitals all around the country in the face of COVID-19.
Hospital Heroes has distributed refreshments to medical staff at hospitals, initially in the greater Cape metropole, then nationally, in order to lift the spirits of doctors, nurses and support staff as they toil through the long and lonely hours of caring for those compromised by COVID-19. Hospital Heroes has partnered with Gift of the Givers to handle donations and logistics in purchasing the goodies and distributing them. Hospital Heroes now aim to expand its support by focussing on the mental and emotional wellbeing of healthcare workers. The Concert of Gratitude is one of these initiatives.
At Groote Schuur Hospital, these initiatives do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Even the smallest thank you goes a long way to boost morale of the staff.
CEO of Groote Schuur Hospital, Dr Bhavna Patel, explains, “we are immensely grateful to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians for availing themselves to offer us some beautiful relaxing music. With all the pressures our staff are experiencing due to COVID, we know that this music will brighten our day and help ease some of the pain.”
To ensure all health care workers throughout the province and the country can enjoy the event, it will be available via the stream on YouTube.
You can watch it here: