Hot Cares helps Darren get back on his feet

Hot Cares helps Darren get back on his feet

Rudolph Nicholson contacted Hot Cares to help his longtime mechanic, Darren Quinn. “I have known him for the past 10 years, he is an honest, hardworking and reliable young man,” he writes.

Darren has been particularly hard hit by COVID-19 and resulting lockdowns. The pandemic’s effects were compounded by personal setbacks and an unscrupulous business partner’s fraud. These hard times left Darren struggling but, the recent theft of his tools and vandalism of his LDV has left Darren completely hopeless.

To make matters worse, the single father has recently cancelled the insurance on his vehicle and tools to enable him to provide for his son’s schooling and living expenses.

Darren is now left with no way to earn a living as he is financially unable to replace the tools and equipment and repair the damage to his vehicle.

Hot Cares stepped in to help Darren by replacing his equipment to the value of R11 000. This will enable Darren to get back on his feet and carry on and continue working.

Hot Cares helps Darren get back on his feet

A Giving Garden: The Bongani Community Centre

The Bongani Community Centre is a place where over 500 children have a safe environment to go to after school and it is here where the children often receive their only meal for the day. The centre caters for indigent and orphaned children providing food, and assistance with the establishment of food gardens, homework assistance, supervised after care and poverty alleviation.

The centre also assists members of the community affected by HIV/AIDS and it is situated in Glenridge Extension 16, Soweto.

Bongani Mthombeni is the founder and project manager of the community centre. On a daily basis he assists the children with homework and meals, as many of the children are orphans or are living in child-headed households.

Thanks to Rain Queen South Africa, Hot Cares can assist The Bongani Community Centre with veggie planters valued at R 6 700 as well as soil, compost, and seedlings to the value of R 5000. To keep the children safe during the Covid -19 pandemic, the centre will also receive 500 reusable children face masks.

Hot Cares helps Darren get back on his feet

Lynn Tyack gets a helping hand from the Dis-Chem Foundation

Lynn Tyack is a local foster mom who has devoted her life to helping abused and neglected children experience a happy and healthy childhood. Hot Cares recently assisted Lynn Tyack with the payment of school fees for her foster child, Jessica, who has Down Syndrome. Lynn has chosen to spend her retired years serving and caring for vulnerable children in our community- abandoned babies and children that have been removed by authorities.

The love, attention and dedication Lynn has for each of her foster children is truly inspirational – a superhero who always puts others ahead of her own needs.

Lynn has a small business making beautiful clay hand and footprints of newborns, but with the increasing monthly costs of caring for her foster children, money is tight. Hot Cares decided to reach out to the wonderful team at the Dis-Chem Foundation – who have generously awarded Lynn with an account of R5000 to spend on those much-needed necessities.

Hot Cares helps Darren get back on his feet

Making an incredible difference in children’s lives: Lynn Tyack

Lynn Tyack, a local foster mom, is a fantastic caregiver to abandoned babies and children that have been removed by authorities. A modern-day hero who has chosen to spend her retirement years serving and caring for the vulnerable children in the community.

Hot Cares’ relationship with Lynn started in September 2018 when we helped her get a triplet pram and we have been working with Lynn ever since.

Over the years of us knowing Lynn we have seen many babies being taken in by her and often receive updates regarding the wellbeing of the little ones. From voice notes with babies crying in the background, to amazing photo transformations of underweight babies into healthy strong children, Lynn goes above and beyond to see that her babies’ needs are consistently met.

Lockdown for Lynn was an extremely difficult time. As a single mom without her helper being allowed to work, she truly had her hands full 24/7.

She recently reached out to us for help which is something Lynn never does and asked if we could assist in any way with one of her foster children, Jessica’s, school fees. Little Jess has Down’s Syndrome, and she has truly thrived whilst in Lynn’s care.

To assist Lynn and Jessica, Hot Cares will be covering 6 months’ worth of Jessica’s school fees.

Hot Cares helps Darren get back on his feet

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.