Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair

by The sweethearts Foundation
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Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
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Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair

Project Report | Nov 20, 2017
GlobalGiving Report November 2017 - Donry "Likes!"

By Leigh Ferreira and Ashley Nel | Project Leaders

Vakele receiving his wheels
Vakele receiving his wheels

SWEETHEARTS KEEP ON GIVING!

As a 100% volunteer run, community based organization, we use all of our resources to Give the Gift of Movement to our beneficiaries. This is made possible by the hard work and dedication of our volunteers who run our foundation.

We love to get feedback on how we’re doing and notes of thanks! This really keep us going and trying to make this initiative bigger, better and more more sustainable!

It’s been a year since we’ve joined GlobalGiving and we’ve been told this is a “Fab cause!” and that "It is one of the most uniquely-sourced projects I'm aware of. To recycle something as simple as bottle caps and bread tags is such a wonderful idea. And it helps clean up the environment as well."

Thank you for these comments! We like to think that we are also building communities that are focused on working together to uplift those in desperate in need of help. Take Vakele, from a rural village in the Eastern Cape, for example. At the age of 80, he had lost hope that he would ever receive a wheelchair. Thanks to all the sweethearts, he no longer needs to worry about his lack of mobility. Taking care of the enviroment, providing wheelchairs and building stronger communities are a win-win-win for us!

Thank you to you, our generous donors who continue to help us realise the dreams of so many people. Thank you, a million times over!

YOUNG DONRY RECEIVES HIS MUCH-NEEDED WHEELCHAIR

In our very early years, we did what we could to help our beneficiaries receive the Gift of Movement and over time we’ve learnt new things to help us better assist those who are desperately in need. Several years ago, The sweethearts Foundation handed over a standard wheelchair to Donry, a young boy from Johannesburg. At the time, our volunteers knew very little about wheelchairs and slowly we began to realise the impact that receiving a wheelchair could have. When Donry received his wheelchair, we could see that we had made a mistake by issuing him with a wheelchair which was not suited to his needs. Sadly, we did not have the funds for a specialized wheelchair that he clearly needed and have always wanted to rectify our error.

Fast forward to 2017, we received a generous donation and with the efforts of our Tops and Tags initiative, where we collect bottle tops and bread tags which are recycled, we were able to fix our error and give Donry the perfect wheelchair. This would not have been possible without you! When Donry was fitted into his new wheelchair, all he could say was: “I like, I like, I like!”.

ALL-NEW COLLECTION POINTS

A massive revamp occurred between September and October 2017 which saw our volunteers hard at work fixing, updating and streamlining our Collection Point processes for the Tops and Tags.

With what started as a small initiative in Johannesburg has grown throughout South Africa and further afield. We are receiving hundreds of emails from sweethearts as far abroad as the United States, Middle East, Australia, and the UK wanting to collect Tops and Tags for us. We would truly love to accept your collections but are struggling to figure out the logistics of transporting large volumes of the Tops and Tags. All the funds we receive are used to buy much needed wheelchairs and we are not able to cover import duties and transport costs. We would recommend sending a sealed envelope (not more than 500g or 1 lb) to a Collection Point stating that “The contents are a gift and carry no monetary value.” Maybe slipping in a note of encouragement for the Collection Point volunteer would be a cool surprise for them to find – think message in a bottle!

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN

With Giving Tuesday just a few days away, we are hoping that you would consider us again as your chosen beneficiary. This would help kick start our next 12 Days of Christmas campaign.

Last year we started our 12 Days of Christmas campaign and highlighted four beneficiaries, Martha, Caleb, Basil and Dawn that needed wheelchairs. With your help we managed to raise over $3000 or R40 000 and fund all four, much-needed, wheelchairs. We were completely blown away by the response we received and this year, we aren’t holding back.

This year we are aiming to highlight 12 beneficiaries, ranging from young children to the elderly and they need your help. With a wheelchair we can help these beneficiaries get back to school or be able to work and become invaluable members of their community. Did you know that a many of the beneficiaries who have been helped in the past needed to be carried from place to place by a family member as they did not even have a basic wheelchair? This places a huge burden on those individuals and we need to help them!

So, what do you say? Will you help us help those who cannot help themselves? Will you be the change you want to see in the world?

Let’s be the change. Let’s give the Gift of Movement.

Donry with his new "BMW"
Donry with his new "BMW"
Sweethearts in action!
Sweethearts in action!

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The sweethearts Foundation

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng - South Africa
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Twitter: @wheelchair4love
Project Leader:
Leigh Ferreira
Johannesburg , South Africa
$4,843 raised of $10,000 goal
 
121 donations
$5,157 to go
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