Cape Town – Grade 11 Learners form Athlone High School were eager to learn more about the world’s first heart transplant that took place almost 45 years ago, during a school visit to the Heart of Cape Town (HOCT) Museum at the Groote Schuur Hospital earlier this week.
During an interactive tour led by Christine Heydenrych, learners had the opportunity to relive the history of the world’s first heart transplant led by Professor Christiaan Barnard on 03 December 1967. Life-size models of the historic figures have carefully been placed within the museum bringing the history of the 1967 events to life.
Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev), the local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape have formed synergies with the Heart of Cape Town Museum to sponsor learners from disadvantaged areas with the opportunity to visit the museum and to learn more about this important South African historical event.
Heydenrych said, “I hope that through these school visits, our learners are encouraged and motivated to pursue a career in science and the medical profession. The medical arena has so many opportunities available, long gone are the days of only having the option of becoming either a doctor or nurse.”
Denise Green, Corporate Social Investment Manager at PenBev says, “We are excited about the partnership. Educating the youth about South Africa’s contribution to the medical profession is important, and this is a great way to make history fun. Who knows, one such school visit may just make the difference to inspire a learner to pursue a medical profession and to also make a difference to the world’s medical profession.”