Reach for a Dream, in partnership with kulula.com, opened the Dream Room at the hospital’s Oncology Clinic yesterday.
The initiative will make the stay of regular patients as comfortable as possible and provide them with a pleasant space away from home.
The facility, which opened yesterday, has been painted in colourful hues of blues and greens with touches of yellow and red. It has drawings of planes and clouds on the walls and ceiling. The launch was lively with Disney character books, a TV, couches and a PS3 PlayStation to keep the children occupied.
Paediatric oncologist Professor David Reynders said they appreciated the kind gesture shown to them. He said the environment in which a child was treated was vital. He told a story of a 12-year-old boy who had travelled alone from Mpumalanga to receive treatment. When Reynders asked him if he was not afraid of travelling alone, the boy replied that he was more scared of hospitals.