HOT Cares Provides the Platform for Another Amazing Anonymous Donation

HOT Cares Provides the Platform for Another Amazing Anonymous Donation

Hot Cares Creates the Platform for a Donation to St Theresa

We just love to spread the Hot Cares net wide and that’s exactly the opportunity that presented itself when this particular story came across our desk.

What made this story even more inviting – from an involvement point of view – was that children were at the centre of the need here.

St.Theresa’s Children’s Home is based in Durban, close to the CBD, and has been around for nearly a hundred years, having been established in 1925 by the Augustinian Sisters.

They really do provide such a vital service in the Durban community, with the home providing residential care for children aged between four and 18, with a focus on disadvantaged communities across the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Its aim is to provide a loving, caring environment in which the whole child can be nurtured and the developmental needs of the children met in an appropriate and culturally-sensitive manner by qualified and competent staff.

The home covers a range of needs and offers residential facilities that provide specialized care for children with special needs, ranging from those with chronic illnesses to those affected and infected by HIV/Aids, children who are vulnerable, orphaned, neglected, abused, abandoned, and those with behavioural problems.

As with many homes of this nature, St.Theresa’s Children’s Home constantly struggles for funding, just to provide the basics for these poor children, including the basics they need for school, which is obviously a vital element in their development.

So, here at Hot Cares we put our heads together and just started to have some conversations with those in our community, regarding how we could possibly help, and before you know it, we had a positive response from one of our regular anonymous donors.

They were blown away by the good work St.Theresa’s Children’s Home does and they immediately said they would like to donate R40 000 towards school uniforms and other educational needs!

An incredibly generous offer and one that will change the lives of these poor children, according to St.Theresa’s Children’s Home Director Debbie Bowes, who joined Joburg’s Hottest Breakfast Show on the line and had the good news broken to her.

If you are in a position to donate towards making a meaningful difference or have a story to alert us to, or a programme you’d like to partner with Hot Cares on, please get in touch with us by emailing info@hotcares.co.za.

HOT Cares Plays Part in Getting Owl Rescue Centre Back on its Feet

HOT Cares Plays Part in Getting Owl Rescue Centre Back on its Feet

Hot Cares Assists Owl Rescue Centre
Ever just sat and watched an owl?

It could be sitting in a tree or on a nearby telephone poll. Whatever the situation, it’s a real treat.

Owls really are the most magnificent creatures.

But, there’s been a rapid decline in owl numbers and they have become one of the most common wildlife casualties brought into veterinary practices. It was with this in mind that Brendan Murray and his wife Danelle decided 10 years ago to focus all their efforts on conserving them.

The organisation they founded, Owl Rescue Centre, is based at Hartbeespoort in the North-West Province and now takes in more than a thousand owls every year through their rescue efforts. The owls are rehabilitated and when they can survive on their own in the wild, are released in the sanctuary – a farm located within a 12,000-hectare conservancy.

Unfortunately, earlier this month, a devastating fire ripped through the Owl Rescue Centre, causing damage to the 12 owl enclosures, to the tune of at least R300 000.

Fortunately, these were pre-release enclosures and the owls had already completed their rehabilitation and were almost ready for their final release into the wild. Staff were alerted and immediately opened the enclosures to release the owls, so fortunately there were no injuries.

HOT 102.7FM immediately put a call out to its listeners, asking for assistance, and incredibly, very quickly Owl Rescue Centre managed to receive funding to rebuild eight of the 12 enclosures, which is fantastic.

Bear in mind that each enclosure costs about R35 000 to rebuild, so it’s not an insignificant cost.

Hot Cares recognises this, as well as the fantastic work that Brendan and Danelle do, and we were all devastated to hear of the damage done by this fire.

Fortunately, Hot Cares is in a position to help and will be funding the rebuilding of an enclosure to the value of R35 000 required.

That does still leave Owl Rescue Centre a few enclosures short, but they are now a long way towards rebuilding their facilities and getting properly back on their feet, so they can continue doing such amazing work for these beautiful birds.

If you are in a position to donate towards making a meaningful difference or have a story to alert us to, or a programme you’d like to partner with Hot Cares on, please get in touch with us by emailing info@hotcares.co.za.

HOT Cares Helps Get Mobile Community Veterinary Clinic Up and Running

HOT Cares Helps Get Mobile Community Veterinary Clinic Up and Running

HOT Cares Helps Get Mobile Community Veterinary Clinic Up and Running

Those who dedicate their lives to caring for animals usually have the biggest hearts.

So, whenever Hot Cares receives a request to support an individual or organisation involved in animal welfare, we jump at the opportunity.

That’s what happened when Hot Cares was contacted by Claudia Cloete, the South African Veterinary Association’s Community Veterinary Clinics Manager.

She brought to our attention the great work done by the people who support vets by running sustainable community veterinary clinics, offering primary veterinary care for animals in lower income communities.

“We believe that community veterinary clinics can prevent the problems that animal shelters are currently responding to,” said Claudia.

There are currently 37 CVCs in South Africa and they work closely with state vets, community leaders and other animal welfare organizations, performing numerous procedures and vital work, and the South African Veterinary Association is always looking for ways to grow the number of clinics in low income communities.

It’s with this in mind that Claudia put forward a request for support for Dr Bronwyn Thomen and her husband Kent Jennings. They started a mobile clinic last year and have been treating 140 to 180 animals every month, but they are in the process of relocating from Gauteng to Emgwenya in Mpumalanga. There they are hoping to set up a mobile veterinary clinic and service the Emakhazeni Local Municipality communities.

“The goal is to run these clinics sustainably and we believe that Bronwyn and Kent have what it takes to be successful with starting a community veterinary clinic in this community,” said Claudia. “The Emgwenya CVC will continue to be supported by SAVA-CVC for sustainability.”

So, how can Hot Cares help?

Well, there are certain start-up costs and a building refurbishment that need to be covered, and Hot Cares is proud to be able to help with covering all the work on the ceiling, walls, doors, electrical requirements, animal cages etc, all to ensure compliance with the South African Veterinary Council.

This work totals just under R33 000!

If you are in a position to donate towards making a meaningful difference or have a story to alert us to, or a programme you’d like to partner with Hot Cares on, please get in touch with us by emailing info@hotcares.co.za.

HOT Cares Helps Desperate Young adult with Life-Changing Tonsillectomy

HOT Cares Helps Desperate Young adult with Life-Changing Tonsillectomy

Hot Cares Helps desperate young adult

Many of us were fortunate to have our tonsils out as children if it was medically needed.

So, it’s been a while, and most of us probably don’t remember what it was like at the time, but if you speak to anyone who has had recurring tonsillitis as an adult, you’ll know that it can be an incredibly serious and debilitating condition to go through.

That’s the issue facing 21-year-old Nicole and her story reached Hot Cares via family friend, Isobel.

“It’s a small problem for you, but huge for her, and it’s literally killing her slowly,” said Isobel. “Some nights she can’t sleep and needs to sit upright just to be able to breathe. She can barely eat, because nothing wants to go down, and getting up and going to work is just about impossible, never mind the fact that nobody wants an employee who is sick for a few days every two to three weeks.”

Nicole’s father sadly passed away when she was young, and her mother has been doing everything in her power to provide for her family.  She was unemployed for the most part of this year but recently started working, relying mainly on commission.

“They are at the clinic like every third week and now the people at the clinic don’t even look at the throat anymore, they just give pain medicine, which is obviously not sorting out the problem,” said Isobel, who says she’s contacted approximately 11 hospitals and clinics, searching for assistance.  The waiting list at the clinics for a tonsillectomy is very long and a surgery date can not be confirmed.

Hot Cares arranged for a Nicole to see an ENT specialist, who confirmed the severity of Nicole’s situation and recommended surgery and other medical treatments. Not only do we want to ease Nicole’s suffering and ease the pressure on her mom, but it is important for Nicole to be healthy and secure employment.

With this in mind, we’re delighted to announce that Hot Cares will be covering the cost of Nicole’s tonsillectomy!

If you are in a position to donate towards making a meaningful difference or have a story to alert us to, or a programme you’d like to partner with Hot Cares on, please get in touch with us by emailing info@hotcares.co.za.

HOT Cares Lends a Helping Hand to Down-On-Luck Owner of Blind Love Africa

HOT Cares Lends a Helping Hand to Down-On-Luck Owner of Blind Love Africa

Hot Cares Helps Emily

People who care for animals usually have the biggest hearts and that certainly seems the case with Philippa du Toit, who runs a charity organization called Blind Love Africa.

Blind Love Africa provides a safe, loving home to horses in need and also aims to improve the lives of all animals in surrounding disadvantaged communities, through education and access to essential veterinary services.

Du Toit started the organization years ago when she rescued a blind horse that was going to be put down, and over the years she has rescued many more unwanted horses, donkeys, a three-legged cat and more! She’s also started a cart horse outreach programme and has trained owners to weave harnesses that are much more comfortable for horses.

All of this information came to Hot Cares courtesy of Philippa’s friend Vanessa, who simply said, “I would love you to please help my friend Philippa. She has the world’s biggest heart, but as a family, circumstances meant Philippa and her family had to leave their home in the Free State and move to the Eastern Cape. The builder they took on to help them with their home vanished with their cash.”

Devastating for Philippa, but according to Vanessa, she continues to prioritise her animals. 

“They have had a severe shortage of funds and she has had to do public appeals to be able to pay her wonderful groom, which she does before putting food on her own table,” says Vanessa. “Every day is a struggle for funds to feed and look after her beloved animals and continue running her charity.”

Philippa has continued to look for ways to keep her good work going, with her and her daughters even resorting to selling t-shirts and setting up flea market stalls. 

“This very deserving organisation could really use some love and care,” says Vanessa, and here at Hot Cares we couldn’t agree more. 

As a result, Hot Cares will be topping up Philippa’s Equi-Feeds account with R10 000!

Similarly, if you would like to make a donation to Blind Love Africa, please send an email to info@hotcares.co.za.

Or, if you are in a position to donate towards making a meaningful difference or have a story to alert us to, or a programme you’d like to partner with Hot Cares on, please get in touch with us by emailing the same address.

HOT Cares Helps Emily Ndlovu Rebuild her Life After Devastating Fire

HOT Cares Helps Emily Ndlovu Rebuild her Life After Devastating Fire

Hot Cares Helps Emily

Some people really do have dreadful luck and Hot Cares sees it all the time with the stories that come through to us.

On this occasion, from Blydie Willemse, who is a Contract Manager at Rencharm, which provides cleaning services, health and safety, and nurses to elderly care centres.

One of her laundry operators at a high care facility, Emily Ndlovu, messaged her late at night to tell her that her house in Sebokeng had burnt down and that she would be unable to come to work.

“It was very upsetting, with Emily – who is in her late-50s – informing me that she was okay, but had lost everything,” said Blydie. “I am so upset, because I don’t understand why these things happen. Emily is a hard worker and much loved by everybody. She does not deserve this.”

Emily also has children, so the impact of this tragedy is huge.

“Emily’s daughter stays in a room at the back of her property and thankfully she was visiting her at the time of the fire, as she said she heard people in the street screaming, so she ran out to see what was happening and tragically saw her house engulfed in flames,” said Blydie.

Blydie asked if there was anything Hot Cares could do for Emily, as she was left with nothing, including clothes, bedding etc.

“Emily is a much-loved member of the company, she has the best heart and an amazing work ethic, and her team are devastated for her loss,” said Blydie.

Hot Cares was so saddened to hear of Emily’s loss and we can only begin to imagine how difficult it must be, but we are in a position to help. Hot Cares will be assisting Emily with clothing, blankets and household goods, and Joburg’s Hottest Breakfast Show broke the good news to Blydie live on air.

Hot Cares knows that this is just the start of the rebuilding process for Emily, so we appeal to our listeners to contact info@hotcares.co.za if they would like to make a monetary or household item donation to Emily.

Similarly, if you are in a position to donate towards making a meaningful difference or have a story to alert us to, or a programme you’d like to partner with Hot Cares on, please get in touch with us by emailing the same address.