Social Event Programme


Time:  7pm

Venue:  Serengeti at the Birchwood Hotel

Dress code: business attire

Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Gavin Koppel, who is a well-known DJ for Metro FM and who was co-songwriter for the band Incubus between 1994 and 1998.

The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra,which is conducted by Eddie Clayton, will set the tone for the evening with their full symphony orchestra. They are a vibrant group who have a wide repertoire of classical music. 

Our guest speakers for the evening will be Dr Gwen Ramokgopa (Deputy Minister of Health for South Africa) and a representative from the African Union.


Time: 7pm

Venue: Serengeti

Dress code: casual

This will be an informal evening where we will be joined by HPCA’s Palliative Care Ambassador, Lucas Radebe, as well as Gavin Cowley, the recently retired Marketing Manager of Adidas. Gavin has been a friend of HPCA for many years and is an experienced public speaker.

We have a wide variety of entertainment for the evening, which will include St Dominic’s School Marimba Band, who will give a vibrant display of percussive excellence, and Drum Café with a 30-minute interactive drumming show.

In addition, composer and performer Professor Patricia Repar, Associate Professor in the Departments of Music and Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico, will be performing a few excerpts from a piece entitled Who Cares: Heading Home in the Other Shoes during the evening.  Together with health care professionals in South Africa, Patricia investigated whether or not hospice nurses and community health care workers might feel more caring toward their patients, and would care more about themselves, if they were to be given the opportunity to compose and perform songs and poetry of their own making.  Both inter-media and interactive in format, Who Cares: Heading Home in the Other Shoes is a creative reflection on the experience.


Time: 7pm

Venue: Serengeti

Dress code: formal traditional

Our MC for the evening will be the recently retired Marketing Manager for Adidas, Gavin Cowley, who has been a friend of HPCA for many years.

Our entertainment for the evening will be Vicky Sampson, who is the magical voice behind Afrikan Dream –the song that inspired a nation and a continent when she sang it at the opening and closing ceremonies of the African Cup of Nations Football Competition that was held in South Africa in 1996. From her humble beginnings as a young girl growing up on the Cape Flats in South Africa, Vicky has risen to international stardom, appearing in shows in Austria, England, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States of America. She has shared stages with the likes of Shakatak, Al Jarreau, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Peabo Bryson, George Benson, Grace Jones, Randy Crawford, Maxi Priest, Kool and the Gang, and the Stylistics.

Our guest speaker for the evening will be David Praill, who has a long-established career in the hospice movement and is passionate about the special and vital role of hospice and palliative care in society, both in the United Kingdom and internationally. Since 1996 he has been the Chief Executive Officer of Help the Hospices, the leading charity supporting hospice care throughout the UK. Help the Hospices works with partners to provide a global voice on international hospice and palliative care issues, and provides resources to develop the capacity of hospice and palliative care services at national and local levels.

At the end of the evening there will be a chance for everyone to let their hair down in a dance party, with music from our DJ for the evening.