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Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

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Her Campus UCT Writing Workshop at RX Radio

On Saturday 29 June, students from Her Campus UCT held a writing workshop for the Young Reporters at RX Radio. Her Campus UCT is part of an international online magazine and a team of four students, Fadiyah (chairperson), Blair, Sarah-Kate (senior editor) and Julia, facilitated this workshop as a way to inspire young writers at RX Radio and to help improve their writing skills in blog writing, newsletter writing and also their own personal interest for writing online.

The workshop started with How to write an article with Julia. This included an activity where the group collectively went through the stages of writing an article. Julia runs her own website and she included tips on adding video and audio components to an article. She also touched on how to write independently and on different forms of writing. The second topic was Multimedia, Publishing and Blogging with Sarah-Kate. This section included how Her Campus go through the process of publishing an article and including multimedia elements. Sarah-Kate is the Senior Editor for Her Campus UCT as well as an avid blogger, so she provided tips on where to find images for articles, tips on running a blog and what catches her eye in an article.  Lastly was Creative Writing with Blair. This section focused on screenwriting, narrative structure and character development. 

Sarah-Kate summed up one of the most important lessons from the workshop by saying, ‘writing helps to express yourself fully in other words writing makes things meaningful’.

The workshop was well attended by the children and many of them showed a keen interest in improving their writing skills. They were also pleased with the stationery and some snacks which were nicely packed in a gift bag for the children to use and carry home.

Wrapping the Hospital for the “Leave Your Mark” Campaign

The Children’s Hospital Trust hosted an event called “Leave Your Mark” where they wrapped and decorated the hospital fence with an enormous red ribbon on Friday 14 June 2019.

After decorating the ribbon, a number of speakers spoke about the importance of Red Cross Children’s Hospital and its role in saving lives. Zoe Brown was the MC at the event with the first speaker being Blaze Phiesser, a patient of Red Cross who shared her incredible story of survival after she was given only six months to live. This year in February she had a double transplant kidney and liver which was successful. The second Speaker was Gary Gold (head coach for the USA rugby team) who shared his personal connection with Red Cross and donated a watch for the Trust to auction and raise funds.

RX Radio Young Reporters went to cover the event and interviewed a variety of guests who attended – including school children who helped decorate the red ribbon surrounding the hospital.

The Children’s Hospital Trust said that “the ribbon will remain an iconic feature for months to come and is a true reflection of the doctors and nurses and staff who are so dedicated to ‘wrapping their arms’ around the hundred and thousands of children who visit the Hospital every year”.

Sister Jane Booth’s Farewell Party

On Friday 14 June 2019, staff, patients and parents held a farewell party for Sister Jane Booth, an Advanced Paediatric Clinical Nurse Practitioner who is retiring at the end of this month after many years of working at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

The event at the hospital showed love and appreciation to Sister Booth who is the co-founder of the Breatheasy Programme – an unique initiative that sends technology dependent patients home with ventilators and tracheostomies by training their parents on how to look after them. Sister Booth started at Red Cross Children’s Hospital in 1979 and throughout the years has helped contribute to support systems between families and healthcare workers, as well as helping to change policy at the hospital for the better.

RX Radio Young Reporters Qaqamba, Talitha and Zaahra, who are also Sister Booth’s out-patients and part of the Breatheasy Programme, covered the event.

There were a number of key speakers from all around the hospital who gave their appreciation to Sister Booth. These included Sister Primrose Shabangu, Social Worker Carla Brown, Prof Andrew Argent, Dr Anita Parbhoo, Dr Diane Grey reading a note from Dr Marco Zampoli.

We wish Jane all the best for the future as she retires at the end of June.

Take a listen to some of the other messages from the staff at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for Sister Booth:

Speech Therapy Communication Week at RXH

The first week of June is Speech Therapy Communication Week, where speech therapists address communication and swallowing disorders in patients. If a child has trouble comprehending or expressing spoken or written language a speech therapist can help. They help children to understand and use vocabulary, grammar and social aspects of language.

The Speech Therapy Department at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital has been hosting workshops for staff members where they give a sense of their practice.  They also want to acknowledge care givers who brings children for the speech therapy session once a month by giving them certificates and they are busy doing a book drive where there are collecting books for patients.

Take a listen to one of the speech therapists, Elanie van Schalkwyk as she speaks about the causes and possible ways of helping kids with speech or swallowing problems, as well as an interview with a mother and child who is using a communication device.

Child Abuse Campaign Launched at Red Cross Children’s Hospital

This week is Child Protection Week – a time to raise awareness about the rights of children in South Africa.
In light of this week, The Advocacy Committee, in collaboration with the Social Work Department, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, RX Radio, Children’s Hospital Trust and Trauma Advocacy Group have therefore initiated a child abuse awareness campaign to stimulate a conversation about the burden of child abuse in the communities we serve, and to encourage people both within and outside the hospital to take action and protect children from harm.
[TAKE A LISTEN] to Carla Brown, head of the Social Work Department at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, talk about the different aspects of the campaign that will raise awareness around child abuse. You can also hear the voices of different members of the hospital community talking about the importance of this campaign.

RX Radio’s 2nd Birthday Celebration

On Saturday the 25th of May, RX Radio officially turned two with a huge LIVE Birthday Broadcast! We celebrated the event by looking at the impact that the radio station has had both in and out of the hospital community since we first went on air on the 20th of May 2017.

The big birthday celebration took place from 09:00 to 15:00 with the children presenting their live shows and interviewing prominent guests such as Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green, singer Talitha Luiters, NaliBali Reading Club Members, dancer Christelle Dreyer, Pippa Hudson and Celebrity Chef Justine Drake.

The RX Radio Reporters and all the guests also enjoyed snacks and cakes that were lovingly organised by the parents of the Child and Young Reporters. As part of the celebrations, Dr Beth Engelbrecht, Head of the Department of Health in the Western Cape, cut the RX Radio cake.

Great fun was had by all with many of the guests encouraging RX Radio to keep growing from strength to strength.

Photos by Wouter van Warmelo

RX Radio on Carte Blanche

RX Radio was excited to be featured on Carte Blanche on Sunday 19 May 2019 on M-Net on DSTV. The ten-minute story on Carte Blanche has brought positive feedback to the station and the RX Radio team.

Carte Blanche is a well-respected television show with a huge following and being featured on their show is a great opportunity for the station.

Check out the coverage of RX Radio below:

YouTube and Picture Credit: Carte Blanche

Paarl Hospital Certificate Ceremony May 2019

On Saturday 18 May 2019, the RX Radio team went to Paarl Hospital to host a Certificate Ceremony for the new Child and Young Reporters who completed their basic training in March and produced a radio diary.

The Certificate Ceremony was all about showing the children their completed radio diaries and giving them their certificates which show that they have completed basic training with RX Radio. Ten out of the eleven reporters were handed their certificates after watching their diaries and were formally asked if they wanted to continue being part of RX Radio as Child and Young Reporters. The kids were so excited to see what they were able to produce and they all agreed to be part of the RX Radio going forward.

The ceremony was supported by the CEO of Paarl Hospital, nurses, parents and the Radio KC team. The ceremony went well as all the kids were happy and the parents were so excited seeing their children speaking so boldly about their conditions or illnesses. After the Certificate Ceremony everyone ate a cake in celebration.

Radio Miudos Skype Interview

On 23 April 2019 we were approached by Rádio Miúdos, the first Portuguese speaking radio station run by children. They are an online radio station that has been operating since 2015 and they have a team of 30 kids doing their own shows.

They requested a Skype interview with our reporters which took place on 10th of May 2019. Kauthar, Amirah, Jesse and Imaad did the interview with three of their reporters and João Pedro Costa, their Programme Manager, who acted as a facilitator and translator.

The interview was a huge success as it became a conversational discussion where presenters from both Rádio Miúdos and RX Radio could ask each other questions about their experiences with radio.

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RX Radio Newsletter 06 May 2019

We have just released our brand new RX Radio quarterly newsletter! While we are primarily a radio station run by and for children at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, this newsletter is intended to entertain its readers and act as a space for Child and Young Reporters to express themselves in a written medium.

In this edition, you can find a number of articles that were written by six RX Radio Reporters on a variety of informative and entertaining topics.

  • Mujahid (18) writes about his experience with the pilot of RX Radio (which took place in 2009) and the excitement of going live on air for the first time in 2017.
  • Luzuko (17) focuses on the power of music, it’s place in self-healing, and his own history with music.
  • Alaweyah’s article looks at the 13-year-old’s journey with her condition and RX Radio’s place in her life.
  • Alex (16) talks about his experience with RX Radio and how he enjoys hosting the RX Radio Top 20 with Alex.
  • Tarique (18) tackles the serious topic of social media and how RX Radio fits into the media landscape.
  • Finally, Amirah shares a recipe for sugar-free cookies.

We hope that you will enjoy reading this newsletter and that you will learn something new from the Child and Young Reporters at RX Radio.

Click here to view the First Edition of RX Radio Newsletter!