Bafana coach scores goal for ill chil­dren

Ige­sund part­ners with Red Cross Hos­pi­tal

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SOYISO MALITI

IT WAS dif­fi­cult to gauge who was more ex­cited, the par­ents or the lit­tle pa­tients, when Bafana Bafana coach Gor­don Ige­sund popped in to visit the Red Cross Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

Ige­sund was at the hos­pi­tal to for­malise his part­ner­ship with the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Trust, the hos­pi­tal’s fundrais­ing arm. And now that he’s an of­fi­cial Red Cross ambassador, he says he’ll work closely with the trust to “bring joy to the chil­dren”.

Ige­sund signed soc­cer balls for the chil­dren in E unit and showed off some of his moves with a soc­cer ball, play­ing ball with some of the young­sters.

“It’s im­por­tant to all of us to re­alise that we’re so spoilt and blessed in our lives that we for­get about the needy, the peo­ple out there who are suf­fer­ing. And the Red Cross Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal is a fan­tas­tic foun­da­tion for just that,” the Bafana men­tor told Week­end Ar­gus.

On why he got in­volved with the hos­pi­tal, he said: “It’s all about giv­ing back – just to be able to put a lit­tle bit of joy in the chil­dren’s lives, and that makes a huge dif­fer­ence.

“I think as a per­son, it also makes you feel good about your­self to con­trib­ute when you’re in a po­si­tion to do so.”

Ige­sund lauded the hos­pi­tal’s work, while also heap­ing praise on the pa­tients.

“The hos­pi­tal has been do­ing a fan­tas­tic job in giv­ing life to th­ese chil­dren. And I must say, they’re very brave kids.

“Chil­dren from all walks of life are close to my heart – they need the sup­port.”

Ige­sund’s links to the hos­pi­tal date back to the early 2000s when he brought an Ajax Cape Town squad to visit, then re­turned last year with Bafana play­ers.

Helen White, the spokes­woman for the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Trust, wel­comed Ige­sund as a part­ner.

“We are ex­cited that Gor­don has cho­sen to part­ner with the trust, and we look for­ward to fu­ture ini­tia­tives and projects.”

soyiso.maliti@inl.com

PIC­TURE: WILLEM LAW

LEND­ING A HAND: Bafana Bafana coach Gor­don Ige­sund gets a high five from Red Cross Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal pa­tient Michelle Hu­man yes­ter­day dur­ing a visit to fi­nalise his part­ner­ship with the in­sti­tu­tion as a fund-raiser and sup­porter.

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