- A local radio station has managed to raise over one million for Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital
- The station raised the money for Mandela Day
- They thanked all the generous South Africans who contributed
On Mandela Day 2019 Jacaranda FM supported the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The two-year-old facility is in need of public funding in order to perform operations on children from diadvantaged families.
#GMAHeartsOfHope aimed to raise enough funds to enable the NMCH to operate on at least 10 children’s hearts. 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 many families in the country.
More than 11 000 children are born with heart defects in South Africa every year. Mzansi radio listeners had big hearts in the spirit of Mandela. After three hours on-air, R1,2 million was pledged.
But that's not all, on Friday morning, the total pledged and paid for stood at R1,8 million – that’s 45 hearts.
The radio station thanked everyone who participated .
“We are overwhelmed and immensely humbled by the support we received this morning,” said Jacaranda FM’s Martin Bester.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Mzansi celeb came out in their numbers to show their support on Mandela Day. It was amazing to see how the whole country came together to celebrate and continue the work of Madiba, even if it was just for 67 minutes.
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