HOT Cares Proud of Hlalisekani Playgroup Contribution

HOT Cares Proud of Hlalisekani Playgroup Contribution

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HOT Cares Proud of Hlalisekani Playgroup Contribution

Hot Cares continues to strive towards making a meaningful difference in the lives of those around us, and over the years has been privileged to help a range of individuals and organisations within our community.

The Hlalisekani Playgroup in the Kyasands Pipeline Informal Settlement is one such organisation and Hot Cares is incredibly proud of what has been achieved in that community, particularly due to its impact on its most vulnerable members – the children.

Hot Cares was first approached a couple of years ago, receiving an email to assist a playschool that was on the grounds of what was a rubbish dump, with no classrooms and a makeshift shelter, which meant that children were sent home whenever it rained. The school also had no fence, so the toddlers were not enclosed in a safe area, which posed many risks.

“When we started off with this crèche, there was absolutely nothing promising,” says Christi Rode of Hot Cares. “The children who lived around Kyasands were getting raped down at the river. So, the most wonderful lady, by the name of Thami, started taking care of the children that she found victimised at the river. She has now grown the playgroup incredibly, having started with just six children.”

Before the Hlalisekani Playgroup was up and running, parents in the area would leave their children at home, alone, while they left for work or to seek employment. So, neglect was a big issue and the children were left vulnerable, with little or no adult supervision and protection.

Thami felt the calling to create a safe environment for the children to stay during the day, and Hot Cares wanted to do whatever it could to support that vision.

“We love giving back to the community and most of the people in Kyasands are unemployed,” says Rode. “That’s why we have been working with other stakeholders, who are also our listeners, to make a difference to the children living in Kyasands.”

Hot Cares is proud to say that the Hlalisekani Playgroup has benefited enormously from its upliftment initiatives, bringing safety to the children and dignity to the informal settlement.

These are just some of the things Hot Cares has been able to do:

  • erect a fence and gates
  • build two classrooms and a kitchen
  • provide mattresses, desks and chairs
  • provide stationery and art supplies
  • Mandela Day makeover: paving, car port, veggie garden, grass for soccer pitch, playground, jungle gym
  • sort out the plumbing and provide JoJo tanks
  • provide a deep freeze
  • provide 50 loaves of bread weekly and monthly groceries
  • first aid courses
  • glasses for Thami
  • stage an annual graduation
  • stage an annual Christmas party with presents

Hot Cares also has its various partners to thank, and the support of the generous HOT 102.7FM listeners has contributed greatly to the upliftment of this wonderful little playgroup.

If you would like to contribute to ensuring the future of the Hlalisekani Playgroup, send an email to info@hotcares.co.za, or you can contact Thami Qukwana directly on 079 798 7812.

HOT Cares Helps Get Ronnie Kinnear Back to Work

HOT Cares Helps Get Ronnie Kinnear Back to Work

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HOT Cares Helps Get Ronnie Kinnear Back to Work

There are so many hard luck stories out there and Hot Cares is not able to help everyone who contacts us.

But, where we can, we will.

Ronnie Kinnear got in touch with Hot Cares with such a story.

He’s a qualified mechanic by trade, but the impact of Covid-19 resulted in Ronnie and his wife being forced to close their small workshop on the West Rand.

“We were closed for almost eight months and when we returned to open shop, the landlord wanted the entire eight months’ rent, which we couldn’t pay, as we had no income,” he said.

In the process, Ronnie and his wife lost their house and were forced to move to Thembisa, where they are currently living with their two children, aged three and 11.

But, Ronnie’s bad luck didn’t end there.

In March he was robbed of his cellphone and wallet whilst out on the N14 fixing a truck.

“This has been problem number one ever since, as no-one can now contact me for business,” said Ronnie. “That means losing the little bit of income we were making at the time.”

Things then went from bad to worse.

In August Ronnie and his wife decided to sell their TV and decoder to pay for rent and food, but were scammed out of these items by someone who responded on Facebook and claimed to have paid the money into their bank account.

As if that wasn’t enough, just weeks later Ronnie’s toolbox and diagnostic machine were stolen out of his car boot, meaning that he’s now unable to work on cars or trucks, as he doesn’t have any tools and equipment.

“I am humbly asking for any assistance in this matter,” said Ronnie. “I don’t want any money from you guys at all. Just please help me with tools, so I can provide for my family.”

Hot Cares feels Ronnie’s pain and would like to do what it can to at least help get him back on his feet, working and generating an income. So, it will be buying him a Foxwell diagnostic machine and a Trade Professional 85-piece toolkit.

If you would like to contribute to helping Ronnie, send an email to info@hotcares.co.za or you can contact him directly on his wife’s phone number, 061 409 3167.

Soweto Canoe Club

Soweto Canoe Club

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HOT Cares Partners with Dis-Chem Foundation to Assist Soweto Canoe and Recreation Club

True sports development is rare.

That’s the sports development that not only provides athletic opportunities to previously disadvantaged youngsters, but also has the ability to change their lives.

But, the Soweto Canoe and Recreation Club is such a programme.

SCARC is an Adreach Social Development initiative that aims to uplift previously disadvantaged communities such as those in Soweto, through the power of sport, and the good work that it does was brought to the attention of Hot Cares.

SCARC has produced some of the most exciting upcoming paddlers in the country including Siseko Ntondini, a Dusi Canoe Marathon gold medallist and the inspiration behind the ground-breaking paddling movie ‘Beyond the River’.

It is also a safe place for children to spend their spare time. Not only does SCARC take children to Emmerentia Dam to paddle, but they also assist them in their education and career guidance.

SCARC is an excellent example of quality sports development in action, and such initiatives are fast becoming the future of paddling in South Africa. Not only does SCARC focus on developing young people using sport, but its members are supported in the following areas:

Education – completing school, aptitude testing, furthering their studies upon matriculation

Development – career guidance, shadow employment, personal development courses

Employment – career placement within ADreach and other businesses

Further to that, SCARC has a rapidly growing number of female paddlers to whom they are committed to see thrive in what has previously been a male-dominated sport in South Africa.

This initiative has been recognised by one of the partners of Hot Cares, the Dis-Chem Foundation, which provides “care and support to improve the lives of individuals while relieving the burden on communities, families and friends.”

The Dis-Chem Foundation has pledged its support to the Soweto Canoe and Recreation Club by committing to purchasing a brand-new double-seat canoe, specifically for the female paddlers, to the value of R24 700.

SCARC is a registered NGO that is not funded by government and is completely self-reliant, surviving solely on donations from businesses and the public, so the Dis-Chem Foundation’s support is hugely appreciated.

But, you may be wondering how else people can help the Soweto Canoe and Recreation Club?

Just send an email to info@hotcares.co.za and Hot Cares will connect you with the relevant people.

Alternatively, you can also find out more about the Soweto Canoe and Recreation Club at www.scarc.co.za and contribute financially, directly, at https://scarc.co.za/#donate.

Hot Cares: Rainbows and Smiles

Hot Cares: Rainbows and Smiles

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HOT Cares Connects Rainbows & Smiles with Dis-Chem Foundation for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Roughly 800-1000 children in South Africa are affected by cancer every year, but nearly 2000 die before they are even diagnosed.

That’s a startling statistic, but steps can be taken to reduce that number.

Leading the charge is Rainbows and Smiles, founded by Bonni Suckling, who sadly lost her six-year-old son Jed to brain cancer. Bonni has since dedicated her life to assisting children from previously disadvantaged communities who have cancer.

Rainbows and Smiles is run by passionate individuals directly affected by childhood cancer. Every volunteer within the organisation has a personal story, and they assist with social and financial support, including working throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and focusing on the immediate and urgent needs of their oncology families. For example, providing food parcels, seeing to day-to-day needs, funerals, transport, airtime, data etc.

Hot Cares recognises the fantastic and essential work done by Bonni and her team and is an existing supporter of Rainbow and Smiles. That includes playing a facilitation role and connecting the organisation with corporates interested in putting their weight behind Rainbows and Smiles.

On this occasion, it’s the Dis-Chem Foundation that is pledging its support, at a time when it is most needed, with September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“Gold September is an annual campaign worldwide to raise awareness of childhood cancer,” says Bonni. “Childhood cancer remains a leading cause of mortality in children. It is imperative that children are diagnosed early for effective treatment, which can translate into favourable outcomes and improved overall survival. Many factors are responsible for delays in childhood cancer, including the child’s age, family’s socio-economic status, parental educational level, distance of residence from the hospital, cancer type, site, and stage. Our survival rate is just over 50%, but we believe that through education and awareness we can assist medical professionals in working towards a more favourable outcome for our children.”

The Dis-Chem Foundation will be providing Rainbows and Smiles with an instore account valued at R7 500 a month for 12 months!

You may be wondering how else people can help Rainbows and Smiles?

“Please like and follow us on our social media platforms, contact our team via WhatsApp on 083 460 0999, and help advocate, raise funds, join our fund-raising events, and just get involved,” says Bonni. “We encourage the community to be a voice of for our children this September.”

Alternatively, send an email to info@hotcares.co.za

HOT Cares Helps Place New-Born Baby in Crèche for Cancer-Stricken Mother

HOT Cares Helps Place New-Born Baby in Crèche for Cancer-Stricken Mother

HOT Cares Helps Place New-Born Baby in Crèche for Cancer-Stricken Mother

Hot Cares receives so many requests and stories that tug at the heartstrings, particularly those that involve children.

On this occasion, it’s the child of a cancer victim.

Nicole Graham has experienced the joy of having her first child, but that joy has been overshadowed by her diagnosis with pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC).

Nonetheless, she is soldiering on and focusing on getting healthy again, along with looking after baby Mark, and that’s why she got in touch with Hot Cares.

“He is my life and joy and I have been waiting for him for a very long time,” says Nicole, who is a single mother. “God blessed me with a child, but not long after having him I fell ill and began experiencing great pain. I was shocked and devastated when I was diagnosed with PABC.”

Unfortunately, due to her financial situation, Nicole is not on medical aid and is currently undergoing treatment at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. But, it’s been a scary experience for her, because she has missed vital treatments, due to the fire that ripped through the hospital in April.

“I have an amazing family who help in any way they can, but because of Covid no-one has enough money to help me financially,” says Nicole. “My biggest need is to be able to send my son to crèche for the next six months while I’m having this treatment. It is taking its toll on me physically – apart from the normal side effects of chemo, my body has been having terrible allergic reactions. This isn’t just a physical battle, but a mental and emotional one.”

Our hearts go out to Nicole and Mark, and Hot Cares wants to do whatever it can to ease the stress on Nicole during this difficult time. As a result, Hot Cares will be covering Mark’s creche fees for six months.

We hope that will lighten the load, even if it’s just in a small way.

Hot Cares wishes Nicole all the best and insist that she gives us a call after she’s “rung her victory bell!”

If you would like to make a donation to Nicole and Mark, send an email to info@hotcares.co.za.

HOT Cares Contributes to World Rhino Day

HOT Cares Contributes to World Rhino Day

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HOT Cares Contributes to World Rhino Day

“A Rhino for a Rhino!”

That’s the appeal from the organisers of World Rhino Day, which takes place on 22 September.

“Rhinos are on our R10 note, and to make it simple we are asking people to donate ‘a rhino for a rhino’ or as many ‘rhinos’ as they wish to donate,” says Helen Lunn, on behalf of World Rhino Day.

To mark World Rhino Day, the organisers have embarked on a campaign to purchase as many anti-poaching cameras as possible, to help protect South Africa’s rhinos.

The majority of the country’s rhinos are now found on private reserves and the owners of these reserves receive no financial assistance.

“The monthly costs of anti-poaching strategies are pushing more and more reserve owners over the edge, with a very basic no-frills two-man anti-poaching team costing approximately R36,000 a month,” says Lunn.

Covid-19 has obviously had a big impact on the ability of these reserve owners to afford to continue carrying the cost of protecting rhinos.

On top of that, the release of over 80 convicted poachers from prison to protect them from Covid, along with the economic hardship and loss of jobs experienced in rural areas, has translated into a massive increase in poaching since the start of 2021. Limpopo Province alone has experienced a 200% increase in poaching.

That’s one of the reasons why ‘Rhino Connect’, ‘Baby Rhino Rescue’, ‘Wildlife Protection Solutions’, and ‘The Publicity Workshop’ have come together to run the World Rhino Day campaign.

The ideas is to raise as much money as possible to buy motion-activated cameras to install on selected reserves. A full installation of one camera costs R7,000, but for reserves to be effective they need a number of cameras installed, based on their topography and size.

The goal is to raise enough money to buy a minimum of 50 anti-poaching cameras, which translates to R350,000.

“We know that there is huge economic distress across the globe and you may be asking why are we still banging on about rhinos when clearly the war on poaching seems to almost be a lost cause?”, says Lunn. “The answer is simple. Rhinos are key in the fight against climate change. They are a keystone species and are far more than creatures with valuable horns on their face. They make it possible for each and every one of us to breathe and survive, and the people who are protecting them desperately need our help.”

Hot Cares supports World Rhino Day and will be donating R10 000 towards it.

If you would like to make a donation, send an email to info@hotcares.co.za.