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Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

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Tevin Campbell visits Red Cross Children’s Hospital

RX Radio was delighted to host the well- known American R&B singer and songwriter, Tevin Campbell. Amidst his teenage years, his music gained recognition while the hit single A Better You a Better Me scored him the Young Artist Award for the favourite New Recording Artist in 1990.

He visited the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for the first time after his sold out concert at the Grand West Arena on Saturday. He was interviewed by RX Radio reporter, Hakeem where the two spoke about their love for hiking. He also shared a few words of encouragement to the children who aspire to be musicians. Take a listen below:

President Ramaphosa visits RX Radio for Mandela Day 2019

RX Radio was honoured to host President Cyril Ramaphosa for an interview on the 18th of July 2019. The President visited the station as part of his Mandela Day activities and met with many of the Child and Young Reporters of the RX Radio before giving an interview that was hosted by Talitha, Saadiq and Athule.

On arrival at the station, President Ramaphosa was welcomed by Imaad G and Qaqamba, two RX Radio Reporters, and Station Manager Dr Gabriel Urgoiti. He was then escorted to the offices where he was briefed about RX Radio and the day’s activities by Reporters Alex, Amirah, Yusrah, Naseerah, Tarique and Senior Producer Noluyolo Ngomani.

The President then addressed the children before shaking each and every Child and Young Reporters’ hand, greeting them all. After which he was led to the studio for his interview.

President Ramaphosa greeting Child and Young Reporters Naseerah, Yusrah, Amirah and Tarique.

While chatting on air to Talitha, Saadiq and Athule, President Ramaphosa emphasised the importance of remembering Mandela and spoke about young people’s participation in electoral processes. He also touched on the fact that the plight of people with disabilities, including children, was an issue close to his heart – pledging the government’s support for initiatives such as RX Radio.

“We are going to make sure we give support to RX Radio as much as possible because I have come, I have seen for myself. I have touched your hands, I have touched you, hugged you all and I am going to be motivating very, very strongly ministers who are involved with funding organisations like this to do something. Support is on its way,” he said.

You can LISTEN to the full interview here:

Reporters Qaqamba and Imaad, and Station Manager Dr Gabriel Urgoiti welcoming the President.
The President addressing the Child and Young Reporters and their parents.
President Ramaphosa being interviewed by Talitha, Athule and Saadiq.
President Ramaphosa and the RX Radio Team.

Photo Credit: The Presidency ZA

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.