Prominent figures send Save the Children birthday messages

Friday 2 August 2019
First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe and Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize have congratulated Save the Children on its 100-year birthday. They were speaking at the organization’s centenary celebrations hosted at the Kalafong Hospital in Atteridgeville.
 
Save the Children has been doing whatever it takes for children in need for 100 years, reaching over 1 billion children. It all began in 1919 with founder, Eglantyne Jebb, the original changemaker for children. Eglantyne launched a pioneering campaign to save suffering children across war-torn Europe – a cause that soon became the first global movement for children. Save the Children now operates in over 120 countries, giving children a good start in life, as well as the opportunity to learn and be protected from violence or any other harm.
 
“In the past years there’s been great strides, great results that Save the Children South Africa (SCSA), the government and the different partners have seen. There’s been improved enrolment in school, which is something we have been we have been calling for. Also Save the Children believes that every child must survive,
thus over the past few years there’s been improvement in terms of ensuring that that children survive,”says SCSA’s Programme Director, Gugu Xaba.
 
“We hope that you will continue to grow from strength to strength. We want to say it’s leadership that you have provided that has really led to quite a number of these declarations,and got a number of organisations and governments to really take heed to of the basic steps that we need to save our children,”
says Mkhize.
 
“I wish you continued success in the next 100 years,” adds Motsepe. 
 

Our founder’s fearless spirit and bold vision continue to drive our work today. 

ENDS

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