In line with our name-change from P4 104.9FM to Heart 104.9FM, Groote Schuur Hospital's cardiac unit was the obvious choice to benefit, receiving R10 490 to go towards buying an echo-cardiogram machine. The unit is used for screening tests for defects of the cardiovascular system, one of South Africa's biggest killers. The total amount needed by the hospital to buy this specialised heart equipment is R1 million, with Heart 104.9FM pledging to try raise enough funds to ensure the unit can achieve this.
Another hospital close to our heart, The Red Cross Children's Hospital, received 100 toys for the little ones recovering in the surgery and oncology units. This extraordinary hospital also turns 50 this year and is the only specialist hospital dedicated entirely to children in sub-Saharan Africa. Popular weekday presenter, Koketso Sachane, signed autographs and handed out the toys to the brave kids at the hospital.
St Luke's Hospice enjoyed the company of Heart 104.9FM personalities, who treated the patients to cake and tea.
And The Haven Night Shelter in the heart of the city enjoyed a braai, where up to 90 people, more used to soup and bread for their dinner, were fed a hearty meal. The Night Shelter spokesperson says that donations are always greatly appreciated as it's often very difficult to feed Cape Town's homeless, given their lack of funding.
Says Gavin Meiring, CEO of the station: "As a radio station that belongs to The Mother City, we feel it apt to show our heart and commitment to all the people of Cape Town. From the sick and vulnerable, to the elderly and less fortunate, it is heart-warming to be able to put our money and time into such worthy projects. To have our new refreshed look of the station, attached to such goodwill is very exciting."