Lucas Radebe and Hospice

IF ONE wished to avoid the same old chat in South Africa about how dreadful England are, Lucas Radebe’s name was as good as any to drop.

He may have been a pundit on ITV’s coverage over here, but over there his face smiled from magazine pages and television commercials for First National Bank and, most poignantly, the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of South Africa.

Lucas lost his father, Johannes, to cancer last year. In 2008, his wife, Feziwe, died in the care of Hospice, for whom the ex-Leeds United and Bafana Bafana captain has since become an official voice.

“Lucas has been a fantastic ambassador for Hospice,” Richard Perkins from the association told me last week. “His involvement has been both on a painful personal level and a positive support level as well.”

The Hospice and Palliative Care Association of South Africa has 189 member and affiliated hospices and relies on donations to support its care for all terminally ill patients, regardless of age or ability to pay.

Click here for donation details, noting that bank transfers from the UK require the BIC/SWIFT code SBZAZAJJ.

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