Our aim is to raise R5 million for lifesaving heart surgery on children. In doing so, we would be able to save close to 125 lives.
We would also like to spread the Boikanyo message on our journey to inspire similar initiatives in other countries.
The Boikanyo Foundation was initiated by a handful of medical specialists, paediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, businessmen and volunteers from the Round Table.
Their main aim was to raise funds in order to perform lifesaving heart surgery on children in the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Due to a lack of adequate facilities and particularly a shortage of intensive care unit nursing sisters who care post-operatively for these small patients, a backlogged waiting list of 300 children had built-up over the previous 12 months. These children all desperately require heart surgery, ranging from relatively simple to more complicated procedures. In order to address the situation, the surgeons volunteer their theatre services at no-charge. However, the consumables used in theatre and the services of intensive care nursing staff who care for the small patients after surgery, still need to be paid for.
The Boikanyo Foundation has managed to generate value amounting to R13.4 million during the past 3 years. Since January 2007, 100 heart operations have been successfully performed in consequence of the funds raised by their Foundation’s resource mobilization unit. These operations would simply not have materialized without their fundraising achievements.
So what’s ‘The Boikanyo Bug’ all about you ask…
Round Table Golden East 181 will be driving a 1972 VW Beetle from the Cape Town, through Africa, to Brasnov in Romania where it will cross the finish line at the Round Table International World Meeting being held at Dracula’s Castle, in Transylvania, Romania on the 24th of August 2019 where the bug will be raffled.
We will be crossing 12 countries including Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Turkey, Bulgaria, ending up in Romania, covering a distance in excess of 13 000km, spreading the Boikanyo message and raising funds along the way.
You are also welcome to give cash donations as well as in-kind donations such as fuel, meals, accommodation etc along the route.