Boikanyo Bug sets off to raise funds for lifesaving surgeries

In a bid to save 125 lives, the Boikanyo Bug, a 1970s VW Beetle, will travel across the continent as part of the Boikanyo Foundation initiative.

The foundation has partnered with Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital to help deliver critical surgeries to children with congenital and acquired heart defects.

The little bug from Boikanyo Foundation will travel for 14,500km from Cape Town to Romania to raise funds.

Funds for 18 surgeries have been raised so far and they are hoping to raise funds for 125 cardiac surgeries by the end of the drive.

Joanne Joseph speaks to Round Table Golden East 181 chairman Ian Vogt about the project.

Between 11,000 and 12,000 children, a year in South Africa are born with congenital heart disease. And the waiting list in Gauteng alone is at a three hundred-odd mark.

Ian Vogt, Chairman - Round Table Golden East 181

The objective of the Round Table is to fund 125 surgeries and that would cost around R5m and that is the goal we have set for us.

Ian Vogt, Chairman - Round Table Golden East 181

To track the journey of the bug click HERE

Listen to the full interview below...


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