Mark Pilgrim Kia

Tears and a building that needs a makeover

The great thing about being an MC is that for a few hours I get to dabble in the world of someone else's business. It's like being an actor and immersing yourself in a role for a short while. I've been exposed to almost every industry possible over the many years, but one of them that still touches me emotionally every time is the medical fraternity.

Yesterday I hosted the Netcare Hospitals' annual Gauteng Carer Awards, where they pay tribute to those staff members who went beyond the call of duty, and by doing so, touched someone'e life.

I won't go into individual stories here, suffice to say I got a little choked up on more than one occasion, reading the stories to the audience yesterday. I always have so much respect for those nurses and hospital staff that treat patients with care and consideration. Well done Netcare.

The event itself was held at a stunning venue in Houghton that I had never heard of before, called Shepherd's Garden:

Speaking of touching stories, here's a Youtube video I posted on my twitter feed yesterday. It's about a bride who can't dance with her Dad at her wedding as he died shortly before the event. It's received almost 7 million views so far. If you click on the video below, grab a tissue because you'll need it:

This morning I'm off to the SABC to be interviewed on a show called Bophelong. It's always weird going into the TV building, because that's where my broadcast bug started back in 1991. I wasn't a presenter back then, but rather a contestant on the TV show Kupid. After being on the show, I knew I just had to work in television. The weird part about being back in the building is not the nostalgia of my first experience, but the fact that the building hasn't changed a bit in 23 years!

My TV licence money is definitely not going into their programming, so I would have hoped it would have been the building! Alas, it's not going there either.
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