From north to south in aid of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
Stan and Sally Hannath from Noordhoek in Cape Town parked a very special camping van at the Cableway on Sunday afternoon – it is the vehicle that will carry them 28 000km across Europe and Africa as they raise funds and awareness for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg.
The VW Caravelle has a number of custom-fitted gadgets that the couple will use on their overland trip from Norway to Cape Town.
The Hannaths are aiming to visit or drive through 27 countries, covering 28 000km over four months in their cape2cape4kids epic road expedition. They are funding their own journey, and 100% of all donations will be given directly towards the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
“Our planned and self-funded overland journey, called cape2cape4kids, will take us from NoordKapp in Norway to Cape Agulhas in South Africa. We plan to visit many hospitals and schools along the way to raise awareness for the new children’s hospital in Johannesburg,” Stan Hannath said.
The van will be shipped off to Europe on Wednesday and the couple will fly to Europe next month to start their adventure. On Sunday they were at the Lower Cable Station talking to people about their trip and the hospital.
“Stan and Sally’s mission to travel not only across countries, but also across continents, is as inspiring as it is humbling. We are honoured that they have chosen the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust as the beneficiary of their fundraising endeavours, and we look to the global community to also consider how it can help Madiba’s wish for a dedicated children’s hospital come true,” said Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust.
When operational, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be one of only five dedicated children’s hospitals in Africa. Currently there are only four dedicated children’s hospitals serving 450-million children on our continent. Canada has 23, Australia has 19 and Germany 20. This hospital, to be built in Johannesburg, the gateway to Africa, epitomises Nelson Mandela’s love of children and is considered his final legacy to the children of Africa.
The fourth United Nations Millennium Development Goal aims to reduce child mortality. “We hope to raise sufficient awareness and funds through our journey to implement this global goal by building a world-class children’s hospital in the easily accessible city of Johannesburg,” Stan Hannath said.
The couple is looking for sponsors, both corporate and individual, to support the cape2cape4kids cause by donating funds towards the new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. All donations will go through the recognised donation sites, Givengain and Justgiving.
The couple will travel through Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and finally, South Africa.