THE dreary exterior of Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will get a facelift, after generous donors contributed R94 000 for paint.

On Monday, the painting of the iconic 60-year-old hospital will begin. Children’s Hospital Trust ambassador Greg Bertish has rallied the community, drawing donations from sponsors and supporters.

Bertish – a big wave surfer and former SA stand up paddle board and SA Surf Lifesaving champion – holds the hospital close to his heart.

“The painting will take at least 10 weeks and involves more intricacies and processes I could have imagined. However, we’ve had incredible supporters and sponsors which have allowed this dream to become possible.”

The 46-year-old dad, who has undergone two open-heart surgeries, says he can relate to the need for a little optimism and inspiration when it comes to recovering from a life-threatening stay in hospital.

After embarking on a passionate public plea in October, Bertish began working closely with the Western Cape government: health and Red Cross Children’s Hospital management to launch the project in just a few months.

Children’s Hospital Trust chief executive Louise Driver said: “We are overwhelmed by the unbelievable generosity of sponsors as well as donors.”

Sponsors include Alpinist Safety Consultants, Bee Painters, Cancer Dojo, Kansai Plascon, UPAT and Vertical Logic.

To donate use the following bank details: Bank: Standard Bank, Branch: Rondebosch, Branch code: 025009, Account No: 071 443 126, Reference: Paint+Your Initial+Your Surname. E-mail a copy of your deposit slip to cht@chtrust.org.za