Dream Room
The new Dream Room at the Steve Biko Paediatric Cardiology and Pulmonology Clinic will provide children with a much-needed respite from the sterile and impersonal surroundings of a hospital ward. Photo Credit: Supplied

A Dream Room – a place for sickly children to have fun and feel like children again – has been installed at the Steve Biko Paediatric Cardiology and Pulmonology Clinic.


Pretoria, South Africa (04 June 2023) – A new Dream Room has been installed at the Steve Biko Paediatric Cardiology and Pulmonology Clinic, designed to transform the treatment experience of seriously ill children in Pretoria.

Equipped with a range of books, games, toys, and electronic devices, including state-of-the-art Virtual Reality stations, the Dream Room will provide a much-needed respite from the sterile and impersonal surroundings of a hospital ward.

With its whimsical decor and soothing ambience, the Dream Room has been designed as a safe space for children to immerse themselves in imagination and play, which is integral to their physical, emotional, and mental well-being. A resident Psychology graduate will also run a variety of fun and educational activities, ensuring that their developmental milestones are met.

“We know that hospital visits can be stressful and overwhelming for children and families, especially when they are facing serious health challenges. This Dream Room has been carefully designed to be a haven of healing where children who are fighting cardiac and pulmonary illnesses can escape the pain and isolation of their treatments, and just be kids again. We hope it will have a positive impact on their overall well-being and recovery.” – Natalie Lazaris, Head of Business at The Reach for a Dream Foundation

“When we fulfil dreams, we aim to take children out of the hospital into a new environment with their families. But for those who rely heavily on constant treatment and observation, it’s impossible to step out of the hospital, which is why the Dream Room concept is so important,” Lazaris says.

The Dream Room was made possible through a generous donation from Cell C, which contributed funds to help design, construct, and equip the space with the latest sensory technology.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with The Reach For A Dream Foundation to do what we can to spread some happiness with the refurbishment of the Steve Biko Paediatric Cardiology and Pulmonology Clinic. Seeing the smiles of the children and staff make the work of Cell C Kindness truly worthwhile,” says Lethiwe Hlatshwayo, Executive Head: Corporate Affairs and Communications at Cell C.

Gauteng Department of Health MEC, Ms N Nkomo-Ralehoko, added to the praise stating that the new Dream Room was a real transformation.

“The renovation of this ward is not just a physical transformation, it is an upliftment of spirits and enhancement of patient care, a true representation of dreams.”

To date, The Foundation has successfully opened 36 Dream Rooms in various hospitals across the country, with plans to build an additional 10 rooms by 2024.

Sources: Supplied – Reach for a Dream Foundation
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