Giving to Life: In honour of Nathan Bewsher

Giving to Life: In honour of Nathan Bewsher

Cathy Bewsher contacted Hot Cares to ask that we help in assisting with creating more awareness for the Organ and Tissue Donor Foundation, as well as possibly help raise some funds for them – all in commemoration of their son, Nathan’s, 14th birthday.

During lockdown last year, Nathan Bewsher (13), sustained a severe head trauma upon falling whilst out on a jog.

Nathan was a hard- working, disciplined and kind boy and he was a student at St. Johns Preparatory. He had quite a sense of humour and was his family’s little ‘wingman’ in everything sense of the word, be it doing odd jobs around the house – he enjoyed trying his hand at everything.

Also, something of a daredevil, Nathan was fearless whilst still being most gentle, respectful child who never gave his family any trouble.

When he was found in the neighbour’s driveway, he was unresponsive. The family tried to perform CPR until medical help arrived. The medics managed to regain his heartbeat and he was taken to Milpark Hospital where he was placed on life support in the trauma ICU. Nathan spent 6 days in a coma, unable to breathe on his own.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the doctors, it became apparent that Nathan would not regain consciousness. The family were left with a decision – to either let him pass away naturally on his own as his organs slowly shut down or to consider allowing him to be an organ donor and thereby potentially saving others’ lives.

The family made the difficult decision to donate his life saving, healthy organs. They did not want his death to have been in vain and know that being the kind, generous boy that he was, he would have wanted it too, and in doing so he saved four lives.

The family have become very passionate about trying to help the Organ Donor Foundation gain more potential donors on their roll, both from an organ perspective as well as tissue.

“With his determination and love for life, we are confident Nathan would have done something great and grown to be an amazing man with so much to give to the world. His contribution to our own small world in his short life was indescribably priceless, full of value and love. As such, this is will be our little hero boy, our Nathan’s legacy, since he can’t be here to make it for himself.”

Cathy Bewsher mentions the following:

  1. Please consider becoming a registered organ/tissue donor,
  2. If you are or do want to be a donor, please discuss this with your family so that they know your wishes
  3. One can become a living tissue donor
  4. Learn CPR and should you find yourself in a position where a person appears deceased, still perform it anyway until help arrives, this can potentially save their organs which can still save lives.

According to the Organ Donor Foundation, there are more than 4 300 South African adults and children, who are currently awaiting organ transplants and could die if donors are not found. Less than 0.02% of South Africa’s population are organ donors. The ODF is a completely self- funded NGO with no financial assistance from the government.

To register for organ and tissue donation visit odf.org.za

Whilst Nathan was in hospital, Pirates Running Club ran a 5km heart shaped route and left messages of support and well wishes. The family has decided to host a small virtual walk and fundraiser in honour of Nathan – creating awareness for the Organ Donor Foundation. To sign up and join Nathan’s Birthday Run/Walk click here.  Presented by Pirates Road Running.

In memory of Nathan Bewsher, Hot Cares will be making a donation of R10 000 towards the Organ Donor Foundation.

Giving to Life: In honour of Nathan Bewsher

A friend in need- Lisa and Marlin

Marlin Nagan got in touch with Hot Cares regarding her ex- colleague Lisa Theron. As an experienced recruiter, Lisa has fallen on hard times.

She last worked at Cash Converters as a buyer and has subsequently been retrenched. She lost everything – became homeless and moved into the bushes opposite the Bellair Spar with her two dogs.

A pastor then offered her accommodation in Cosmo City; however, they have recently been evicted.

A neighbour then offered Lisa a place to sleep in her shed, until she can get back on her feet. Lisa is desperate for assistance, especially for food and dog food.

Hot Cares will be assisting Lisa with storage unit costs, grocery vouchers and medication costs.

Giving to Life: In honour of Nathan Bewsher

Heli Hero: Lawrence Masanabo

Bill Watt, a helicopter engineer got in touch with Hot Cares regarding a colleague of his, Lawrence Masando.  Bill has worked with Lawrence for the past five years at Grand Central Airport in Midrand, where Lawrence is an apprentice.  As the family breadwinner, Lawrence was educated near Maloto in Pretoria, has worked at KFC as a fryer and through dedication and determination, joined Grand Central Airport as an apprentice. He attended MATA for initial training and later returned to complete the trade test exams.

Lawrence has shown great potential and has passed his apprentice exams and now needs to take various Civil Aviation exams to obtain his engineers license on various types of helicopters. The experience Lawrence has gained over the past 5 years has been extensive on all the helicopters that Eskom use, as well as various emergency helicopters used locally and in the rest of Africa. Bill Watt has also personally mentored him where possible, including trips in RSA and in Zimbabwe.

Unfortunately, Lawrence cannot afford the various courses and exam fees to complete his training and it would be a pity to see such a hard-working talented young man not to complete his license.

Hot Cares has decided to help Lawrence achieve his aviation goals, by covering the license exam fees worth R13 350 at MATA – Mega Aero Training Academy.

Giving to Life: In honour of Nathan Bewsher

Wings of Inspiration Women and Children’s Shelter

Hot Cares recently received a phone call from Anthea – Kirsten Richardson’s sister telling us about a new Women and Children’s shelter they are opening in Krugersdorp. When Anthea asked if there was any way we could assist, Hot Cares knew we had to act swiftly because there is a massive need for shelters in our area.

The Wings of Inspiration Woman and Children’s Shelter is a new safe haven for women and their children and is due to open on the 1st of March 2021.

South Africa’s prevailing economic situation is leaving more and more people destitute. There are a number of women and children have nowhere to go and Wings of inspiration has become a real beacon of hope.

The shelter will take in homeless women (and their children) who have had to endure neglect, abuse, and trauma. There are a number of women who have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. The Wings of Inspiration Woman and Children’s Shelter also assists young mothers who are homeless and those who are looking to kickstart their lives, for the sake of their children.

The shelter will provide life-skills training, assist them with creating / updating CV’s and aid with job seeking practices and referrals to possible workplaces of employment.

The women and children will receive 3 meals a day, basic toiletries, have a warm bed to sleep in and receive counselling and emotional support. The shelter will assist with rehabilitation and training so that they can adequately support themselves and their children. This project is to be funded by the local community with the assistance of generous business owners as the shelter does not receive any assistance or funding from the government.

Wings Of Inspiration Women and Children’s Shelter require the following:

 

  • Creating/Building of day-care centre with educational equipment
  • Building and Renovations of existing property to cater for our women & children
  • New installation of Health and Safety/Fire Equipment

 

Hot Cares will be purchasing beds for the Wings of Inspiration Women and Children’s Shelter, making sure the ladies and children sleep comfortably in new beds during their stay.

Giving to Life: In honour of Nathan Bewsher

Hot Cares for Coach Butler and his family

Butler Masango popularly known as “Coach Butler” has been developing young soccer players across Johannesburg over the past 15 years and, also coaches and mentors children from disadvantaged backgrounds in his free time.  Coach Butler’s main source of income comes from coaching at schools and private coaching to students who wanted to take their soccer skills to the next level.

 

Unfortunately, Coach Butler was recently diagnosed with heart failure and lung capacity issues affecting his coaching abilities and income. In going for treatment, Coach Butler was unable to attend to  his clients – but once he started feeling better the Covid-19 pandemic struck.  Students are still unable to come for personalised training and play sport, and this severely affected his income and ability to provide for his family.

 

Butler has a 6-year-old daughter who recently graduated from pre-school and is starting primary school next week. She is a very bright young girl, who loves school activities and Butler needs assistance in helping his young daughter’s dreams true.

 

In order to help Butler and his daughter achieve their dreams of an education, Hot Cares will be paying her school registration fee as well as the next 2 months school fees. Hot Cares will also be purchasing new school uniforms for her and Butler will receive a grocery store voucher to get items for school and their home.

 

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