Reach For A Dream and Air Mauritius have just launched a “Travel Dream Room” at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.
Johannesburg, South Africa – In November 2019, Reach For A Dream together with Air Mauritius and other key travel partners, unveiled the very first Travel Dream Room at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.
An initiative that was launched by Reach For A Dream in 2018, Dream Rooms are dedicated spaces in hospitals for children who are facing life-threatening illnesses and undergoing treatment. They provide families with the opportunity to spend time in bright and colourful areas that inspire hope and where children can experience the joy of being a child.
The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (formerly Johannesburg General Hospital), nicknamed Joburg Gen is an accredited general hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. It has 1,088 usable beds. The hospital’s professional and support staff exceeds 4,000 people. It is also the main teaching hospital for the University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Health Sciences. The institution provides the service base for undergraduate and post-graduate training in all area of health professions. The joint staff produces world-class research and collaborates with several universities on the continent and abroad. The hospital offers a full range of tertiary, secondary and highly specialised services. The costs of providing these services to the population of Gauteng Province, in addition to the neighbouring provinces, are funded by a National Tertiary Services Grant, as well as Provincial allocation. The hospital also serves as a referral hospital for several hospitals in its referral chain.
The Travel Dream Room, spearheaded by Air Mauritius, will serve as a sanctuary for the brave children and parents who need a safe place to relax in hospital and escape their clinical surroundings – with the added inspiration of travel.
“For many people, travel serves as an escape and as inspiration. Children who are facing life-threatening illnesses and undergoing treatment, where not physically possible to travel, should also have a place to escape; a place filled with hope; a place to dream and to be inspired. This is the intention of this Travel Dream Room,” says Carla da Silva, Regional General Manager: Southern Africa and Latin America at Air Mauritius.
Air Mauritius has long been a supporter and partner of the Reach For A Dream Foundation and the incredible work that they do, and when the very first Dream Room was launched in 2018, the Air Mauritius team knew that it was something they absolutely had to throw their weight behind in whatever way they could.
“When the opportunity presented itself, we reached out to various partners within the travel industry who were wholeheartedly happy to join us on this mission to create the very first travel-inspired Dream Room. We cannot thank Reach For A Dream and our incredible partners – Flight Centre Travel Group, XL Travel, Travelstart, Tourvest Travel Solutions, Club Travel and BARSA (Board of Airline Representatives South Africa) – who helped make this Travel Dream Room a reality,” da Silva adds.
While this is the first Travel Dream Room, Reach For A Dream has already proudly opened 8 Dream Rooms across South Africa together with various partners. They can be found at: at Chris Hani Baragwanath, Charlotte Maxeke, Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, Donald Gordon Medical Centre and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.
“Our Dream Rooms have created much popularity amongst the children in hospital. These beautiful spacious facilities are a dream come true for the many children fighting life-threatening illness daily. Eventually, there will be 50 such rooms at hospitals which provide critical care to children with life-threatening illnesses,” says Julia Sotirianakos, CEO of Reach For A Dream Foundation.
To support Dream Rooms around the country, please contact Natalie Lazaris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Brent Lindeque