Johannesburg, South Africa – 7 July 2023: Vukile Property Fund and The Reach For A Dream Foundation have unveiled the Darren Serebro Dream Room at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, bringing hope and healing to teenagers fighting cancer.
Equipped with a range of books, games, toys and electronic devices including a PlayStation 4 and computer games, the Dream Room provides an inviting respite from the sterile and impersonal hospital ward.
“Reach For A Dream understands that hospital visits can be stressful and overwhelming for children and families, especially when they are facing serious health challenges,” says Mervyn Serebro, Chairman of the Reach For A Dream Foundation. “This Dream Room is dedicated to my son Darren, who we’ve sadly lost to cancer. It has been carefully designed to be an oasis, where we can inspire hope and enrich the lives of these youngsters. We hope it will have a positive impact on their overall well-being and recovery.”
The Darren Serebro room is the fifth Dream Room to be launched at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. According to Professor Gita Naidu, Clinical Head: Paediatric Oncology, the effect that these rooms have on sick children, most of whom come from impoverished areas located far away from Johannesburg, is “indescribable”.