- Abriella Bredell became the youngest person in the world to swim the 8km stretch between Bloubergstrand and Robben Island
- Abriella decided to use the swim as a way to raise funds for The Red Cross Children’s Hospital
- The little record breaker managed to raise R158 746 for the hospital, the money will be used to expand and upgrade one of the wards
Abriella Bredell is an 11-year old girl who goes to school at the Victory Christian School in Jefferys Bay. The little girl decided to do something utterly amazing for those less fortunate than herself.
Abriella had two competing dreams earlier last year, firstly she wanted to help the children at The Red Cross Children’s Hospital and her other ambition was to swim from Bloubergstrand to Robben Island.
Abriella decided to combine her two dreams and started using the world-renowned swim as a way to raise funds for the hospital.
Briefly.co.za gathered that in December Abriella became the youngest person in the world to successfully complete the 8km swim between Bloubergstrand and Robben Island. She also managed to raise a whopping R158 746.
Abriella handed over the cheque to the hospital on Monday. The money will be used to expand and upgrade an existing ward at the hospital.
Head of fundraising activities at the hospital, Chantel Cooper, said the money would be used to convert one of the wards from a 22-bed to a 39-bed unit. Other planned upgrades include building 10 intensive care and 8 isolated care units for babies.
Cooper noted that other pieces of equipment and staff facilities would also be upgraded thanks to the huge donation from Abriella.
Cooper said having a child admitted to the hospital was a stressful and scary experience for any family and any help in improving the surroundings was more than welcome.
Abriella said she could not wait to make the donation official and said the excitement had kept her up for most of Sunday night. She said knowing that she made a difference to the lives of others filled her with joy.
Cooper thanked Abriella on behalf of all the children and staff currently at the hospital and said her donation would make a difference to the lives of thousands of children in the coming years.
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