Econorisk raises R108,000 for Breatheasy and the Red Cross

Econorisk, a leading short-term insurance brokerage with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, today announces that, following a second event with South African music sensation Watershed, they have raised R108,000 for the Breatheasy Tracheostomy and Ventilation Homecare Programme and the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Developed by Sister Jane Booth, the Breatheasy Programme provides parents of children reliant on tracheostomy or artificial ventilation for breathing with the tools, skills and peace of mind needed to enable their children to enjoy life at home, surrounded by their families, rather than in hospital. The Breatheasy with Econorisk event, held in November at the Rockwell Theatre with dinner, music by Watershed and an auction, came about when Steven Hall of ‘We TRi For Breatheasy’ brought the Programme to the attention of Brett Schultz, Director at Econorisk. Wanting to support this life-changing cause, Brett approached long-time friend Craig Hinds of Watershed who once again agreed to get involved, making this the second charitable initiative that Econorisk and Watershed have undertaken together.

Brett comments: “At Econorisk our aim is to provide all our clients, both individuals and businesses, with the assurance that, if anything goes wrong, they are protected, giving them peace of mind and the support they need in troubled times. So partnering with the Breatheasy Programme seemed a natural fit for us.

“We are exceptionally pleased to have raised much needed funding for this life-changing cause and I would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for their valuable support – Watershed, The Rockwell Theatre, Striped Horse, Jetline, and Flagstone, as well as the generous donors of auction items, and all those who attended on the night. Also a special thank you to Sister Booth and the Breatheasy team for the incredible work they do every day, helping to make so many lives a little easier.

“As a poster on the Red Cross Hospital wall says, ‘Whatever they grow up to be, at least they will grow up … thanks to you!’ ”

All proceeds raised will be used to purchase vital medical equipment such as ventilators, suction machines and humidifiers for the Programme, which has been caring for children with a wide range of respiratory disorders for over two decades. If you would like to support the Breatheasy Programme, monetary donations are always very much appreciated, as is clothing (from new-born to 5 years), second hand prams, carry cots, blankets and toys for babies and young children.

For more information and to get in touch with Sister Booth directly, visit To keep up to date with future events and other fundraising initiatives, connect with Breatheasy with Econorisk on Twitter @ec_breatheasy and Facebook

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