As is tradition, a special night out for our Daniel and Friends Fund mothers were planned. The theme of the evening was: AFRICAN GATSBY. Merlize du Toit gave the ladies a tribal flair with her suburb make-up techniques.
Together with our great Operational Support Team (Janet Strumpher and Heidi Kidson), it was an evening full of fun, games, laughter and always a tear or two. Thank you for our Ambassadors that attended: Minki Burger, Merlize du Toit and Micia Smit as well as our Honorary member, Michelle Adams and Projek Bietjie Liefde Director Patricia Smit.
The Moms were spoiled with a huge amount of lucky draws and game prizes. The highlight of the evening was the three lucky draw Family Photo shoots sponsored by Candice Rodrigues Photography with hair and make-up by Professional Make-up and Hairstylist, Merlize du Toit. A huge thank you to them for sponsoring these great prizes. Thank you also to Minki Burger for sponsoring Lollos gifts, Micia Smit for the lovely arm bracelets, Lizel Smit for Sorbet products and Janet Strumpher for Avon products.
The aim of the morning was to let the siblings spend some quality time with one or both of their parents, as life can unfortunately get very hectic with a special needs brother or sister.
Our theme for the morning was: To be a Rainbow in someone else's cloud.
Our siblings are wonderful young people, with compassion, love, patience and so much more. They are always supportive of their moms, dads and their special needs brother/sister and they are an inspiration to us all. We wanted them to know that we see them...and that we appreciate everything they do, even if it is sometimes sacrificing something of themselves, or time with their parents.
Maya Angelo's quote says: " Try to be a Rainbow in Someone's cloud "
It takes so little to brighten someone else's day. Yet it can leave them feeling happy, give them sweet memories and bring a smile to their face when they are going through a rough patch.
Thank you so much Jump for Joy Brackenfell for bringing so much joy and smiles to our siblings faces, and for sponsoring Daniel and Friends Fund for such a exceptional morning. We had so much fun doing different jumps and challenging each other on the trampolines.
Thank you to Annelize Blom from Annelize Photography & Design for the amazing images you took that we get to look back on and enjoy. Especially all our serious jumping faces! We appreciate you.
It is a pleasure to be affiliated with Annelize Photography & Design and Jump for Joy Brackenfell.
The theme for the morning was Mad Hatters, with each lady having to design their own creative hat. The ladies was given the chance to show of their creative and imaginary skills. The hats were amazing, each with their own unique theme, and let to a lot of conversations and laughter.
A famous Mad Hatter quote says the following:
" Alice: This is impossible " " The Mad Hatter: Only if you believe it is "
Our moms has to face impossible challenges every day, but they never give up. They always believe in their children, fight for them and are the best possible mothers to them. #mothersramazing
Feathers lodge ( www.featherslodge.co.za ) outdone themselves with delicious treats and drinks, making the morning even more special. Thank you Feathers for making us feel so welcomed and loved and for your generosity and passion to make a difference in our lives. You have an amazing team.
Helen-Anne Roux Image consultant proceeded to teach our moms some make up and styling tips. Helen-Anne you made a big impact on all of us. Each one of us left in high spirits, ready to take on anything feeling confident and beautiful. Thank you for your time, and always supporting Daniel and Friends Fund.
Thank you to all the sponsors that gave towards the hat prizes. Helen-Anne, Mommy Wellness, Zerette and Juffrou Clothing. We appreciate it more than words can say. Thank you to Stephan du Toit photography for the amazing images that we get to keep and look back on this amazing day. #danielandfriendsfund
This year they celebrated their 10th year of hosting this much loved event. We were beyond excited to have our own class - the 5km Buggy Walk - dedicated to Daniel and Friends Fund for the third year in a row. “ Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. “
Ann Landers We could think of no more fitting quote that describes what Daniel and Friends Fund is about...So this year we chose our theme: On fire for Disability. The trail started out easy, and got a little more challenging as we went along, but by helping and supporting each other, it made it easier and we all made it with flying colors.
This walk symbolized the journey our families go through every day.. some days easy and better than others.... some days more difficult and challenging. But we all have each other to support one other on this journey... making it easier having a support system you can count on. We wish to thank everyone who participated in this fun filled morning as well as special thanks to Donald Mouton from Fairview for the privilege to be one of the La Capra Goat run beneficiaries.
Donald - your heart is amazing, you always smile and you always make us feel welcome. Thank you for gifting our children with a certificate and a special hand made goat. This is such an amazing gesture, and it touched our hearts. Each handmade goat has a special place in our houses, which will remind us daily about courage, bravery and caring for one another , and that even though we are all different with different abilities, we also can be a part of something wonderful.
"As one person I cannot change the world, But I can change the world of one person." Paul Shane Spear Donald and the Fairview team - thank you for making a difference and changing our world. We truly appreciate you.
A big shout out to Hesmari Fourie - Push Forward/ Reasons we Run for the part you played in connecting us with this wonderful initiative.
The public can offer support by pledging time and expertise through voluntary services (e.g. therapists, etc.) or through financial contributions, be it through monetary donations, providing daily essentials (nappies, formula, etc.) or sponsoring equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, etc).
OUR BANKING DETAILS ARE:
FNB Business Cheque Account
Daniel and Friends Fund
Account Number: 62457695438
Universal Code (Branch): 250655