DURBAN - British singer, Sir Elton John donated R50 million to the KwaZulu-Natal Children’s Hospital, currently under construction on Durban South Beach.
The money, raised during the Elton John Aids Foundation dinner recently will be used to construct a specialised Centre for Adolescent Health, said Dr. Arthi Ramkissoon, CEO of the Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.
She said the specialised centre will address the unique medical and psycho-social challenges that young people face.
Ramkissoon explained that the donation came after Sir Elton visited Durban last year.
“We invited Sir Elton to visit the children’s hospital when he visited Durban for the International AIDS Conference in July 2016. We did not expect him to come to visit, given the short notice, but he did. He spent a long time talking our young patients and listening to our vision for the hospital. I think he understood the needs of our youth and what an immense difference the funding would make to the lives of thousands of young people on KZN,” Ramkissoon said.