Golf day to raise funds for hospital’s paediatric unit

Leonard Ramatlakane, Lungelo Matiwane, Rajen Naidu, and Meko Magida at last year’s Tygerberg Hospital Children’s Trust golf day.

The Tygerberg Hospital Children’s Trust is inviting golfers to tee off next week at a golf day to raise R10 million for the hospital’s neonatal unit.

Proceeds from the golf day, at the Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, at Val de Vie Estate, in Paarl, on Friday May 27, will help to equip the neonatal ICU and upgrade the hospital’s lodging for mothers.

The trust, a registered non-profit and public-benefit organisation, was established in 2001 with patrons Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Leah Tutu.

The event will be hosted by founding Tutu Tyger Vernon Philander, and there will be prizes up for grabs.

The Tutu Tygers club, an initiative of the trust, seeks to carry out the patronage of the Tutus to provide high-quality care for Tygerberg Hospital’s paediatric patients.

“As a founding Tutu Tyger and avid golfer, this event is a wonderful way to support a very large sector of underprivileged children in the Western Cape,” said Mr Philander.

“Come and join me in a round of golf, so that together we can make a lasting difference in their lives and participate in the good work of the Tygerberg Hospital Children’s Trust.”

Tygerberg Hospital has the largest children’s unit in the Western Cape. The hospital’s neonatal unit has 1500 admissions annually and caters to some 800 babies weighing less than 1500 grams annually. The neonatal ICU has 12 beds.

“At this time in South Africa, many organisations are recovering from the devastation of Covid-19 and the loss of so much. Tygerberg Hospital Children’s Trust has kept the focus on the care of the many child patients we serve, and we continue to reach out to all who are willing to partner with the trust,” said the trust’s CEO, Jason Falken

Registration costs R6 500 per 4-ball team and includes a goodie bag, golf carts for players, a halfway house snack, dinner, and prize giving.

Vernon Philander teeing off at the Tygerberg Hospital Children’s Trust golf day fund-raiser.