‘Generous’ response raises much-needed medical funds
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).