With the organisation growing at an alarming rate, the need for a support team to provide assistance to the Directors with regards to the operational aspects of the NPO became essential.
Justine Quinn is mother to two sets of twins – the older set of twins, Isabella and Cillian, both having special needs and the younger set being neurotypical. Justine became involved with Daniel and Friends Fund through her paediatrician, Professor Fourie, and several good friends who are part of the NPO. Justine has a passion for children and empowering special needs parents with regards to what they can achieve for their child/children through obtaining efficient knowledge about education, finances and medical aid support. Justine loves laughing, walking, champagne and having her children draped all over her when indulging in a rare Winter morning sleep-in. She also often expresses her gratitude for a God who amazes her with His grace and blessings. “So many of us need an outlet and a place where we can share and talk to others. We all need encouragement and a support system…it is the key to coping. DFF is such a group and I have a platform here to support and help others.” – Justine
Lizel Smit survived a devastating accident at the age of nineteen which has left her still battling complications thereof, to this day. Mother to a teenage boy, Daniel, and younger son, Michael, who has Kabuki Syndrome, Lizel has learnt to tap into extraordinary amounts of patience which, together with her incredibly empathetic and nurturing nature, has generously benefited her as a daycare owner. Lizel’s strong organisational skills, which are polished off with a wonderfully creative flair, make her a valuable asset to the team. “I’m me, just different over the years and I love it!” – Lizel