Hot Cares Helps Unemployed Ronel Griessel Care for Her Orphaned Grandchildren

Hot Cares Helps Unemployed Ronel Griessel Care for Her Orphaned Grandchildren

What struck Michelle Nunes most about her colleague Ronel Griessel was her absolute devotion to her two daughters – who she raised as a single mom under very difficult circumstances.

So, when Ronel tragically lost her youngest daughter to an act of crime, Michelle contacted Hot Cares to help Ronel take care of her four orphaned grandchildren, aged between 2 and 6 years.

The eldest granddaughter, aged 6, found Ronel’s daughter and could not understand why her mommy would not wake up, and why she was so cold. The other three children climbed in bed to snuggle with their mom in an attempt to warm her up so that she could wake up.

Ronel has taken the seemingly overwhelming responsibility of raising her grandchildren on with her characteristic devotion to family, despite not having an income. Ronel worked in the tourism industry, one of the hardest hit by the COVID pandemic and resulting lockdowns, and has not had an income for the past 18 months.

Having been exposed to the trauma of their mother’s passing the children will require long-term counselling, however Ronel does not currently have transport. The children also need basic, daily necessities such as groceries and schooling. Ronel will be applying for guardianship, which comes with enormous legal costs as well as trying to arrange a medical aid for the children.

Some of her former colleagues at Tourvest Destination Management raised some money to offer some short-term assistance, but with their whole lives ahead of them, raising the four young children will require a village, as we often say in SA.

Hot Cares will assist Ronel and her grandchildren with winter clothing, groceries and immediate day-to-day needs.

Ronel is a specialist in IT software programmes such as SQL, Crystal and Sage, and we encourage our community to get in touch if someone is in a position to offer Ronel employment – via hotcares@hot919.co.za

Hot Cares Helps Unemployed Ronel Griessel Care for Her Orphaned Grandchildren

Hot Cares: A birthday surprise for Nelson Tshabalala

Nelson Tshabalala is a burn survivor. He was burned when he was 5 years old and his mother tragically died in the fire, saving his life.

In the years to follow, Nelson met Bronwen Jones, his ‘mama’, and the founder of the Children of Fire – a local charity dedicated to providing medical treatments for young burn survivors.

Bronwen was able to get Nelson the medical attention he needed- surgery for his face and hands. And through Children of Fire, Nelson was able to travel to Britain and locally to visit other burn victims he had grown up with.

Nelson recently finished his Matric and wishes to study International Relations because of his passion for the world, meeting foreign volunteers and he would like to represent his country.

It is Nelson’s 18th birthday – and there are a few things on his birthday wish list. Including,

  • To take Mama, Fernando and 10 burn survivors to have breakfast at Flames restaurant.
  • A smartphone
  • A water-resistant watch

Hot Cares wants to make Nelson’s 18th birthday truly memorable. So, we contacted an anonymous donor who has organised for Nelson and his family and friends to go to Flames for a birthday breakfast! We also spoke to Christina at Bakes and Blooms and they will be sending Nelson a stunning birthday cake. Hot Cares has also purchased a Fossil watch and Huawei Y7 smartphone.

And we’re not finished… Nelson and a friend will be taken for a drive in a Ferrari, including lunch and goodie bags all sponsored by the team at Sefac!

 

Hot Cares Helps Unemployed Ronel Griessel Care for Her Orphaned Grandchildren

Coach, mentor, leader and friend: Hot Cares for Joe Mosethle

“A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” John Wooden

Joe Mosethle, a coach at the Randburg Football club, is known is to have inspired his students towards hard work, persistence, and to focus on achieving their dreams to be a champion in any field. Unfortunately, coach Joe had to have his foot amputated before the COVID lockdown period as he is a diabetic and his foot got severely infected.

Coach Joe has been a coach at the football club for many years. He has coached hundreds of students and has never missed a training session or match.  He was an active coach, always on the pitch showing the students what to do.  

Recently, the soccer clubs have re-opened and Coach Joe is back on the pitch. However, he is unable to demonstrate or show the students various techniques due to his disability and he requires crutches to be mobile.

Coach Joe has contributed so much to the community of Randburg and regularly assists with coaching the key skills and principles of the game to students from Soweto. 

Sadly, Coach Joe is battling to afford his much-needed insulin medication. It costs him over R1000 a month and often struggles to ‘make ends meet’.

Hot Cares has decided to assist Coach Joe by easing the burden of his monthly insulin costs. Coach Joe will be receiving a R1000 Dis-chem voucher for the next 12 months.

Hot Cares Helps Unemployed Ronel Griessel Care for Her Orphaned Grandchildren

Helping those in need: A home for Vaughn

Hot Cares received a phone call from Graham Cooper, providing us with an update about his housemate Vaughn Van Reeuwyk. Graham had nominated Vaughn for Christmas Wish 2020 and he was one of the recipients.  

Due to financial difficulties Vaughn had fallen behind in his rent and the landlord had given him notice to move out as he had found another tenant.

Vaughn has been to various shelters in the area looking for accommodation and was left with very few options.

The day Graham contacted Hot Cares you could hear the hopelessness in his voice. It was the day that Vaughn had to vacate the premises, “He won’t know to turn left or right, he doesn’t know where to go”.

Hot Cares immediately contacted, Anthea Da Costa, the owner of Wings of Inspiration Women and Children’s Shelter for advice and to our surprise was able to assist with accommodation for Vaughn at the Wings of Inspiration Elderly Care Centre.

However, there was a shortage of beds at the centre. Hot Cares has assisted in purchasing a bed, towels and toiletries for Vaughn and he was collected by Wings of Inspiration and taken to his new home.

He now volunteers at the centre, tending to the garden and livestock. The family at Wings of Inspiration Women and Children’s Shelter having been taking great care of Vaughn – they have even begun an exercise class in the morning!

Hot Cares would like to thank Anthea Da Costa and the Wings of Inspiration Women and Children’s Shelter for their assistance, kindness, and generosity.

Hot Cares Helps Unemployed Ronel Griessel Care for Her Orphaned Grandchildren

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.