Festival to raise money for premature babies

The Tygerberg Hospital Children’s Trust will be hosting a Community Fair and Fun Walk at the Tygerberg Hospital Grounds on Saturday November 12.

The Tygerberg Hospital Children’s Trust will hold its annual World Preemie Festival, from Saturday November 12 to Friday November 18, to raise money for the hospital’s neonatal ICU and programmes supporting premature babies and their mothers.

It is being held in partnership with the Artscape Theatre Centre and the City of Cape Town and will start with a Community Fair and Fun Walk at the hospital grounds on the Saturday. The fair is open to all.

This will be followed by the Preemie Ultra Invitational 50km Road Run from Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond; a comedy show, Reboot Your Laughter; the Preemie Ward Visit at Tygerberg Hospital and the Preemie Gala Experience.

About 15 000 babies and children are admitted to Tygerberg Hospital annually.

“Tygerberg Hospital provides specialist medical care for more than half of the babies and children in the Western Cape, who come almost exclusively from indigent communities,” said City of Cape Town spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo.

Jason Falken, the trust’s CEO, said premature babies exemplified the true meaning of resilience and courage. “It is for this reason that we honour them every year with our World Preemie Festival.”

The hospital’s CEO, Dr Matodzi Mukosi, said: “We are thankful to the Tygerberg Hospital Children’s Trust for organising the World Preemie Festival which will benefit so many premature babies in our care.“