UPGRADES to the Paediatric Casualty Unit (PCU) at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital will get a boost with the help of a fundraiser headlined by a well-known author.

Gerald Garner, a registered tour guide and author of Spaces & Places 2.0-JoburgPlaces will be giving a talk at the Wits Club on March 16 on the topic of places in Johannesburg and the rebirth of the city.

The fundraiser with Garner will cost R350 per person and starts at noon. The cost includes a welcome drink, entertainment and a buffet lunch. The fundraiser was organised by the Wits Paediatric Fund.

According to Lebogang Ngwatle, the development manager of the Wits Paediatric Fund, Garner was the perfect person for this fundraiser because his topic is relevant to Johannesburg. It will focus on how the city is being revamped and they hope to be able to do the same for the PCU.

The unit is old and in need of the basics such as chairs for staff and patients, as well as for doctors in the consultation rooms.

The doctor’s room in the unit is in need of a new bed, a couch, a study desk and lamp.

A shower and toilet need to be added to the room, because doctors have to stay overnight and are currently using public toilets in the mornings.

The children’s play area also needs attention as it does not have any tables, chairs, sofas and toys.

The playhouse needs to be fully refurbished with a fresh coat of paint and a new floor.

When asked about their target amount, Ngwatle said the estimated about R40,000 was needed for the

They have so far raised R20 000, bringing them halfway to their rough target.

Dr Yola Soundy, head of the PCU, believes “anything will help”.

The Wits Paediatric Fund serves the paediatric units of the Wits Medical School’s three teaching hospitals, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital and Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.