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Duck craze to boost Children’s Hospital fund

Jul 22, 2015
Duck craze to boost Children’s Hospital fund

The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association last week received a major cash injection, as a result of the continuing popularity of a campaign launched last year by The Crazy Store.

Kevin Lennett, MD of The Crazy Store, on Friday handed over a cheque for R100 000 to David Stephens, Executive Director of The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association.

Lennett says he is very thankful for the contribution and support of Crazy Store customers, who helped to make a difference in the lives of the little patients of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.

In April 2014, The Crazy Store partnered with The Friends of the Children's Hospital Association (FOCHA) – which is the fundraising arm of The Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town – to help raise funds in their stores for this worthy organisation.

“We started by introducing specially branded Collection Tins in all our stores, which is still on-going, and then embarked on the exciting initiative to further support this organisation. 10% of all sales of our wildly popular range of charity collectable ducks go towards the FOCHA,” he says.

Two types of ducks are on sale – a Standard size @ R22.99 and Mini size @ R14.99.  Each duck is a unique character, which will delight both the young and the young at heart, says Lennett.

“From pirates, to doctors and Halloween characters, our Crazy Ducks have proved a hit with customers with 34 310 ducks already sold to date."

"We hope that their continuing popularity will provide further much-needed funds to this very worthy cause, which works to make the hospital experience less traumatic for patients and their families. The association depends solely on the support of the community, and we are glad that we are able to make a small contribution towards backing their good work.”

In addition to the cheque handover, the Crazy Store staff also chose to spend their 67 minutes on Mandela Day with some of the little patients at the hospital reading, playing games and building puzzles.