Archbishop Desmon Tutu and wife Leah have just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. In typical Tutu fashion, the day became more about helping those around the couple.
Celebrating the anniversary on Monday, the pair spent their day at Tygerberg Children’s Hospital. The Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation looked to make it clear that both individuals have been heavily involved with the hospital for the last 18 years.
Throughout those years, they have raised money to contribute to the hospital’s Retcam, a service that screens high-risk infants and looks to prevent blindness. Their fundraising has also gone towards the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Leah also received scarves during the couple’s visit to the Stellenbosch University teaching hospital. The children’s hospital caters to the medical needs of around 50% of the Western Cape’s in-need children.
The Tutu Foundation’s Razwaan Bailey explained that the Tutus previously told hospital staff that their commitment and passion was “extraordinary and exhilarating”.
The Arch had grown up with dreams of being a medical doctor but was unable to study due to financial constraints. Leah, on the other hand, studied nursing and completed her qualification.
“To honour its founders’ love and respect for the institution and those who make it work, the foundation had executed several festive season projects at the hospital, sprucing up facilities in the kangaroo ward, playroom and playground.”
“It was a relationship the foundation would continue to treasure,” she said.
Another interesting Tutu fact that many South Africans forget is that he almost died of tuberculosis (TB) in his younger years.
While Tutu has criticised the ANC in recent years, President Cyril Ramaphosa has looked to mend the relationship. In May, Ramaphosa paid Tutu a visit at his home and even apologised on behalf of the ANC.
For the country’s sake, let’s hope the Arch isn’t disappointed again.