Pediatric Care Africa’s Dr André Hattingh is swapping his motorbike for a tractor for the next leg of PCA’s fundraising efforts for children in urgent medical care.
Hattingh will be driving a tractor 2 500 kilometers through five provinces.
He will be leaving from White River Square on May 1 and is set to return back to the center on May 14.
Hattingh returned from a 7 000-kilometre motorbike ride around the country called “Ride for a Child” on March 5.
The latest venture is called the “Track-Tor for Charity Ride”.
Hattingh said that due to the dramatic increase in demand for their services, they receive many calls for medical assistance and baby food. “Our donation income has shrunk since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, while the demand for our services skyrocketed by 600%,” said Hattingh.
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He said PCA does not receive any financial assistance or grants from the South African government and it therefore has to generate its own funds.
The promise to help sick, hungry and vulnerable children was made by Hattingh almost 30 years ago, during a period he spend as volunteer doctor in Rwanda during the genocide.
“Our children need help and it may be your child or your neighbor’s child in desperate need next,” said Hattingh.
“Two-thousand-five-hundred kilometers by tractor is not for the faint of heart and requires tremendous mental strength from the tractor driver. At an average speed of 26 kilometers per hour and extremely bumpy and tiring environment, it is a truly taxing and exhausting endeavour,” he said.
Hattingh said the aim is to raise at least R250 000.
How can you get involved:
• Sponsor Hattingh per kilometer he travels by tractor.
• Make a once-off or a monthly donation to help vulnerable children.
• Farmer unions and organsations can support Hattingh along his route.
• Donate baby milk (all types) to PCA.
• Donate diesel for the charity tractor ride.
• Become a volunteer for PCA.
• Hospitals and doctors can assist PCA with pro bono treatment, as part of its CSR programs and initiatives.
Visit www.pediatriccareafrica.org for full information or phone the office on 076 229 5663.
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