‘Gen­er­ous’ re­sponse raises much-needed med­i­cal funds

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AN EX­CEP­TION­ALLY gen­er­ous re­sponse from both the prize donors and the buy­ers at Wester­ford School’s re­cent auc­tion has, says the auc­tion­eer, Tanya Jo­vanovski of Raw­son Auc­tions, raised R150 000 for the med­i­cal treat­ment re­quired by a Wester­ford pupil – and this could save his life.

The pupil is Reza Price, cur­rently in Grade 8. He has been a life­long vic­tim of aplas­tic anaemia, a dis­ease which can only be cured by a bone mar­row trans­plant from a com­pat­i­ble donor.

In the mean­time, to stay alive he has to have weekly blood trans­fu­sions.

Jo­vanovski said that the stan­dard of the do­nated prizes was in­cred­i­bly high.

On the list were a stay at Mar­lin Lodge in Mozam­bique ( the aero­plane tick­ets from Jo­han­nes­burg are part of the prize), week­ends for two or more at Knysna’s Pezula Ho­tel and Spa, the Groot Pater­nos­ter cot­tage, and the his­tor­i­cal re­stored fish­er­men’s cot­tages at Ar­niston, high tea at the Mount Nel­son, cer­tain Joel Stran­sky rugby mem­o­ra­bilia, and din­ner for four at Western Cape Premier He­len Zille’s home, the prepa­ra­tion of the meal to be han­dled by Zille’s son.

The money raised, said Jo­vanovski, puts Reza very close to be­ing able to af­ford the es­sen­tial bone mar­row trans­plant and, she said, she could not be more pleased, be­cause all the re­ports say he is a brave, cheer­ful boy who loves com­ing t o s chool when he i s well enough to do so.

“It was mov­ing to wit­ness the sup­port, en­cour­age­ment and love from fel­low stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents of West- er­ford. Many of the stu­dents do­nated prizes to be auc­tioned. One of Reza’s school friends gave his prized gui­tar with all the pro­ceeds go­ing to Reza,” said Jo­vanovski.

Jo­vanovski said that she wel­comes op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­duct char­ity auc­tions free of charge and her chair­man, Bill Raw­son, has en­cour­aged her to do as many as she can man­age, be­cause, she says, the group, al­ready heav­ily in­volved at Wood­side Spe­cial Care Cen­tre, al­ways seeks to be in­volved with the com­mu­ni­ties in which it op­er­ates.

GOOD CAUSE: Tanya Jo­vanovski (Raw­son Auc­tions) and Rob le Roux (prin­ci­pal, Wester­ford School).

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