Making A Difference Campaign
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Carte Blanche "Making a Difference" Trust
Carte Blanche, produced by Combined Artistic Productions, launched the Carte Blanche "Making a Difference" Trust (IT 3593/2008) to commemorate 20 years on air in August 2008.
George Mazarakis, Carte Blanche's Executive Producer, set the goal of raising R20-million, a million for every year on air, to support State paediatric units across the country. To date, through the generosity of corporate donors and viewers, we have more than quadrupled that target.
In 2010, George (Trustee) and Karolina Andropoulos (patron) were awarded the Support of Philanthropy in the Media Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for their work in equipping paediatric units in hospitals with life-saving equipment and mobilising corporate and private South Africa to donate millions of rands to support this initiative.
On Sunday, 19 May 2013, Lee den Hond successfully summitted Mount Everest. She will donate all money raised to the Carte Blanche Making a Difference campaign, specifically the people of Schaumburg. For more info: http://www.everest2013.org.za/ or Everest I, Everest II, Everest Return
Total raised: Over R90-million
The Trust will continue to raise funds. If you'd like to take part, please email us
You can still make cash transfers and EFT payments into our trust account
Name: Carte Blanche "Making a Difference" Trust
Account number: 9212446829
Reference: Your initials, surname and contact number
A Brief History
In the four years since the launch of the Carte Blanche 'Making a Difference' campaign, R90-million has been raised to equip and renovate Paediatric Operating Theatres, ICUs and High Care Wards in six State academic hospitals in four provinces.
This has granted long term benefits to thousands of children in South Africa.
At the close of 2011 the Carte Blanche "Making a Difference" Trust undertook to assist a seventh hospital in the fifth province, namely Frere Hospital in the Eastern Cape.
In addition to this, the Carte Blanche 'Making a Difference' Trust has provided infrastructural support and secured sponsorship for feeding programmes to three large charities nationally.
Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital received almost R17-million worth of upgrades and equipment, including a Laparoscopic Operating Theatre, a 7-bed ICU, the equipping of a 12-bed Post Operative High Care Ward, a Cardiac Heart Lung Machine and Lodox Digital X-ray machine.
Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital was revitalised to the value of over R15-million, including the complete refurbishment of the Neonatal Operating Theatre Complex. The latter was equipped with a Laparoscopic Operating Theatre, recovery area and a 6 bed Neonatal ICU.
Separately, a second Laparoscopic Operating Theatre was procured and installed to cater specifically to the Paediatric community of the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere.
As with Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanth also received a Lodox full body scanner.
King Edward VIII Hospital is the largest beneficiary of the Trust with approximately R27-million worth of investment.
Initially, R4-million was utilised to purchase equipment for the Neonatal ICU at this hospital. The balance of R23-million was used to construct and equip a 'Paediatric Centre of Excellence' on the grounds of King Edward VIII.
The Paediatric Centre is home to the Acute and Outpatients Units of King Edward VIII Central Hospital, and serves as an adjunct to other paediatric facilities at the hospital.
Over R6-million went to equipping the Neonatal ICU at Universities Hospital, as well as financing the creation of a Paediatric ICU here.
By way of an extraordinary donor request, the Carte Blanche 'Making a Difference' Trust refurbished and equipped a Paediatric ICU at Kimberley Hospital. This unit is the only one of its kind for the benefit of the youth in the Northern Cape.
Steve Biko Academic Hospital received an assortment of Renal and Cardiac equipment solely for Paediatric use to the value of R1.8-million.
Patron: K Andropoulos
Founder/Donor: J K Sparkes
Trustees: P D Grealy, G Fatseas-Mazarakis, C M V Nel, K Govender & T Erasmus.
Karolina Andropoulos matriculated at St Mary's School in Johannesburg, and then went on to study Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she graduated in 1988. On completing her degree, her sculpture was recognised at an exhibition. This led to her being recruited as a jewellery designer employed to design jewellery and make sculptures for export.
Karolina spent the next years primarily working as a jewellery designer, but pursued her interest in sculpture in South Africa and overseas, until 2001, when she moved to Sydney, Australia. At this time her daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, which led to several years of in and out-patient treatment for her daughter at Sydney Children's Hospital. This led Karolina to have firsthand experience of paediatric hospital facilities abroad, and left her with a passionate interest and commitment to the improvement of paediatric facilities in South Africa.
In 2009 Karolina became patron of the Carte Blanche "Making a Difference" trust. To date the trust has raised over R80-million in support of State paediatric units across the country.
Karolina has been residing in Johannesburg again since 2006.
Chris Nel has been a Chartered Accountant since 1983. Since April 1998 he has practiced under the name of Viljoen Nel Chartered Accountants.
In addition, Blanche van den Berg helps out with procurement.
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