by Emma Neville

Overland journey for charity

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital fundraiser


Stan and Sally Hannath from Noordhoek in Cape Town will be undertaking an adventurous road journey from the northern-most tip of Europe to the southern-most tip of Africa between June and October 2013 to raise much needed awareness and funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg.

The cape2cape4kids epic road expedition will cover 27 countries and 28 000km and is intended to last about four months.

“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,” says Stan Hannath.

The Nelson Mandela hospital will be one of only five dedicated children’s hospitals in Africa.

Currently there are only four hospitals serving 450 million children on our continent. This compares dismally to Canada which has 23, Australia which has 19 and Germany 20. This hospital, to be built in Johannesburg, the gateway to Africa, epitomizes Nelson Mandela’s love of children and is considered his final legacy to the children of Africa.

“In addition, the fourth United Nations Millennium Development Goal stated in 2000 was 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.”

The dedicated and self-funded team is looking for sponsors, both corporate and individual South Africans, 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 Hannaths are funding their own journey so 100% of all donations will be given directly to 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 endeavour, and we look to the global community to also consider how they can help Madiba’s wish for a dedicated children’s hospital come true,” says Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust.

The adventurous retired 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.

For information, latest update and to donate please visit

You can follow Stan and Sally’s epic journey through stories and photographs on our website from early July this year.


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