BY: Bertram Malgas
This dad has taken it upon himself to change the “ugly face” of one of Cape Town’s most iconic hospitals.
Greg Bertish, who is also a Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust ambassador, says the world famous health facility will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and is in desperate need of a facelift.
But he says the planned makeover would cost about a million rand, and has now called on the public to give him a helping hand, by donating money, paint, brushes or any other materials that can be used to make the hospital “look as great on the outside as it makes the children feel inside”.
Greg says the idea came to him after he noticed the dull entrance of the hospital while on his way to a trust meeting.
He says: “Mothers and fathers come from so far with their sick children and the first thing they have to see is this dull building. Seeing the condition of the building doesn’t make the children feel at home, I think. I want them to see the new building and feel like this place can help make them feel better.”
Greg realised the enormity of the task after consulting a restoration company.
“I thought it was going to be a quick two-week job where the guys come in and paint the front and get everything done in time for the anniversary celebrations next month.”
He says the rust and weeds protruding from the dilapidated building will first need to be removed, followed by a high pressure hose down, before the three coats of paint can be applied – which will take at least a month.
So far Greg has managed to raise R80 000 through online pledges, 1 000 litres of paint has been donated by Plascon, and a company has volunteered painters.
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