Eight-year-old Cadi de Jager, is doing her part in raising R100 million for the Children’s Hospital Trust Fund. This money will go towards building a bigger and better Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and she has already helped raise R4.5 million. The improved unit will help critically ill and injured children from all over Africa
Born and raised in Paarl, little Cadi was diagnosed with Rathke’s Cleft cyst a couple of years ago, a non-cancerous growth that had formed on her pituitary gland under her brain, causing her growth to be stunted. After a successful brain surgery at the Children’s Hospital, she now wants to thank the hospital for curing her by helping them raise the needed funds.
It was her idea to start raising the funds and she has roped in families, communities, corporates, trusts and foundations. De Jager and her family have hosted potjiekos and jazz evenings to raise funds, while the little girl has appeared on many radio and television shows promoting the cause.