Cape Town - Red Cross Children’s Hospital is one step closer to a brand new state-of-the-art paediatric intensive care unit (ICU) – thanks to a multimillion-rand financial boost from an Italian businessman and philanthropist.
In memory of his business partner and friend who died of cancer last year, Diego Biasi donated R10 million to the Red Cross Children’s Trust for the upgrade of the ICU, which will almost double its capacity when completed.
During a cheque handover on Tuesday, Biasi promised to help fundraise R37m through his Quercus Foundation for the project over the next three years.
He acknowledged that coming to Cape Town to make the donation to the hospital was inspired by the memory of his friend Simone Borla, also from Italy.
“Simone used to come to Cape Town with his family every year for Christmas. He had invited me to join him several times, but I never had the time.