Why giving is better than receiving

Living in England for seven years among such wealth and opulence certainly didn’t prepare me for my return to South Africa. With millions living below the poverty line, our public medical system being stretched beyond limits and disabled people not being helped by government or society.

Feeling overwhelmed I made it my mission to find two charities and pour my efforts into raising money for them rather than dilute my effectiveness across the board.

My two chosen charities are www.thecows.co.za and www.ethembenischool.co.za but more about them later.

In my humble opinion if you are going to try and help a charity then you should.

  1. Do your research and make sure they need help. Some charities are drowning in cash and the people running them are taking masses of cash to run it therefore a small percentage gets to where it should.
  2. Will your help make a difference, or will your money disappear into an abyss.
  3. Is the difference measurable? Can you quantify how your money or donations are helping where needed.

To elaborate on these 3 points I am only speaking from experience where I recently heard a lady was paying herself R2 Million a year and a minuscule amount of the donations were actually benefiting those who she was meant to be helping.

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35 years (and counting) of keeping more than hope alive CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation was established in 1979 as a support group to parents of children with cancer, by parents of children with cancer. Having experienced the immense emotional and financial toll that cancer takes they recognised there is more than one victim in the family of the child with cancer. Their aim was to ease the burden on parents facing the same journey by providing access to relevant, accurate information, as well as emotional and practical support. From the onset CHOC provided support in the hospital wards, hence the name Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics, or CHOC. Gradually parent groups were set up in other key centres, where the major state-funded academic hospitals are located and paediatric oncologists practice. In 2000, these regional entities merged into a national organisation. CHOC now has a head office in Johannesburg, six regional offices, two branches, and 13 accommodation facilities close to treatment centres. With occupancy steadily increasing our budget for maintenance and running costs of the accommodation facilities in 2015 will amount to R7.132 million, with each facility costing over half a million and we have a total capacity of 66 030 bed nights per annum. We do not receive funding from government but rely heavily on donations from caring corporates, individuals and parents of children with cancer. Funds raised are used to provide all-encompassing support – from direct practical help to the children and their families and those involved in the treatment – to necessary equipment. Our Vision
To be the leading organisation in childhood cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. Our Mission
Supporting children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families; improving early detection and facilitating effective treatment. Our Goals
Five goals guide us on our mission:
• Support individuals, families and communities in the treatment of children with cancer
• Advocate early diagnosis and access to specialist treatment centres
• Create financial and project sustainability in all regions
• Communicate effectively to improve all relationships
• Attract, retain and grow talent Our Values
Our values provide the foundation from which we can achieve our goals. They are:
• Engaging and caring
• Trusted advisor and confidant
• Integrity beyond reproach
• Teamness and togetherness


Ethembeni School is based in Cato Ridge and has 400 kids who are physically disabled or visually impaired. They survive on just about zero assistance from the government and rely massively on donations as all of the kids come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

Here are a couple of ways you can get involved.

Adopt a child is a project that is ongoing.  Most of our learners are from rural areas and a big percentage of their parents are either unemployed or deceased or have many mouths to feed and therefore cannot pay the hostel fees for their children, hence the project.
Education is necessary and knowledge is power and therefore we feel that all children need to be educated.
To raise funds for those not be able Fees :     Adopt  – a – Child Project. 20 Children @ ZAR 7500
How can you help?
Donate online – R7500 enables 1 learner to stay in the boarding school every year
You can donate by clicking here:


Braille improved communication for the blind by giving them a quick and efficient way to read and write .

The Blind Students of Ethembeni School are in need of new Braille Machine to enhance their Educational Career.

I will be competing in the inaugural Hand cycle event in the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon to race funds for these machines.

You can donate by clicking here:


In essence, you can never lose by giving. So go ahead. Choose two charities and pour your heart and soul into them and see how much you gain by giving.


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