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Help Wits paeds help kids

- By Wits University

A group of paediatricians, known as the SPAED Team, is once again raising funds for the Wits Paediatric Fund (WPF).

On 5-6 September, a team consisting of paediatricians and paediatric surgeons from the paediatric units at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital will be cycling in Jozi Urban Mountain biking Adventure (JUMA) and running the Jozi Urban Run Adventure (JURA) to raise money.

This year the team is aiming to raise R100 000 to buy equipment for the cardiac catheterisation laboratory at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.

“We want to use the money to buy protective clothing that is used in catheterisation laboratories. This is an important service because it is a specialised theatre where children are diagnosed with complex problems and in some cases prevents them from having to undergo heart surgery,” says Dr Jennifer Geel, a paediatric oncologist from the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.

Geel and her colleagues are urging the public to support this cause by sponsoring them to help save children’s’ lives. Please visit to make donations.

The WPF serves as a platform to raise funds to enhance facilities and health services to the babies and children in need of care at the three academic hospitals.

Assistance is given to the different departments in the form of expensive medical equipment, supplementary medical and therapeutic services and materials for the renovation of wards, as well as professional development training.

Also visit, should you wish to volunteer.