We have recently opened our Daniel’s Heroes Whatsapp Group.
This is not a chat group, but merely a platform we will use to mention if and when there is any specific needs one of our families have.
You can either send a WhatsApp to:
076 331 8474 or 072 245 1927
to be added to the group.
We know times are though, but sometimes the smallest gesture like a plate of food when the family is to tired after being in hospital for long will make the world of difference, or a care package for the mom and child in hospital ( we have a list of possibilities we can provide you with for ideas. ) Or anything else that may be needed.
By joining this group, you will become a Daniels hero, and receive a fridge magnet to remind you every day what a hero you are to these families.
Thank you for helping us create the platform for a more intimate, special needs community.
DFF Care package - Examples of what can come in care package:
What is Touching the Heart?
It is a collaboration which hopes to create a platform upon which the stories of medically-fragile and/or differently abled children's journeys might be shared. With words often doing little justice to the challenges and adversities these children and their families face on a regular basis, we could think of no more perfect way to provide the community with this unique insight than through a one of a kind photographic book which exhibits the extra-ordinary photographic talent of Candice Rodrigues.
The book will not only create awareness but will also become a medium through which others can get involved by either purchasing a book or selecting canvasses from the featured images which can be made and personalised to order. Contact us for details
The proceeds of these purchases will be allocated to the two NPO's involved, being I Am Special Ministries and Daniel and Friends Fund. It will be utilised towards projects which are designed around making a profound difference in the lives of children who face formidable challenges.
The initiative also consist of a Touching the Heart annual Gala Fundraiser every year.
Touching the Heart Gala held on 8 November 2019
What a night this has been...Our 4th annual Touching the Heart Gala held on 8 November 2019 at Eensgezind Function Venue. A night to remember...where pain and heartache was transformed into dreams and hope for a future. Humbled and blessed by all the support and love we have received. Thank you to each and everyone that celebrated this evening with us and to everyone that contributed to making this evening such an amazing success. Our main sponsors include Eensgezind Function Venue, Deetlefs Wine, Sixdogs Distellery and JC juices. Thank you to the BRAVO team for capturing this so perfectly - helping us to reach more people, sharing our message. To Karen Smit, Emo Adams and Cheswyn Ruiters. Words fail to describe what an honor it was to have you as part of this evening - giving up your valuable time be there for us. Darren Green - your heart is astounding. Always ready to give back and support. We appreciate you more than words can say. Thank you to everyone that contributed and donated to our auction. Your contribution made a big difference. To our amazing team of Ambassadors ( Minki Burger, Michelle Gildenhuys Adams, Merlize du Toit, Micia Smit and Emo Adams ) and Patriots Dr Darren Green and Karen Smit - thank you for what you do for us, for sharing this journey and for loving our children just as they are, never judging them. For a better team backing us we could not have asked for. Thank you for dreaming BIG with us. To our Operational support team ( Heidi Kidson, Lizel Smit, Janet Strumpher and Marilyn Conradie ) for what you do for our parents and for the support you are giving us.. Our Board - Nico Walters, Rose-Hannah Brown and Dawie van Wyk - for sharing our vision and guiding us. Without you Daniel and Friends Fund would not have been such a success. Ronelle and Daniel Botha from Kiekiephoto - thank you for capturing this evening so amazing, so perfectly. Your pictures tell a story..honored to have you as part of this journey.
Below are some images from the the book and gala events.
The carers at the home provide 24 hour full time care to 40 children between the ages of 0 - 18 years who are affected by severe disabilities. These children face unimaginable challenges every day, not being able to grow up in the normal family environment. They were all abandoned or their families are not able to take care of them.
The home are dedicated to make the children feel at home and loved. They have set up an impressive program for the children which involves all the elements any neuro-typical child would benefit from as well as the necessary therapeutic requirements needed for each child's individual condition.
Every time we visit the facility we are astounded at the amount of care and love we experience there. Despite minimal resources, there is constant changes and upgrades to make the facility feel like home.
Every December when we visit each child is blessed with a Santa Shoebox filled with necessities as well as some treats. We would like to thank each and every person for their contribution to this initiative.
Below are some images from Santa Shoebox at Sive Nathi over the past few years.
Chris, an Art Director in the Cape Town film industry, called on friends, family and the local community and in 2014 gathered over 100 eager and talented individuals to paint a Children’s ward at Tygerberg Hospital for the first Painting it Forward event. The walls were cleaned, repainted and decorated with colourful murals. The feedback was vey positive from hospital staff, parents and the children themselves.
After seeing the initiative sparking the emergence of a Painting it Forward as far afield as Taiwan in 2016 and 2017, Painting it Forward Cape Town, in partnership with The Daniel and Friends Fund (a registered NPO that works with children with special needs), will be splashing their paint on the walls on an annual bases.
The aim is to raise sponsorships and go out and beautify various children's facilities. Daniel and Friends Fund is proud to be associated with this very rewarding project.
In 2018 Over 60 community volunteers and artists came together to brighten up the walls of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and the lives of the children cared for there over the Youth Day weekend, 16 - 17 June. The iconic health care facility now has over 30 new colourful and artistic murals decorating the halls of the Outpatients Department, Pharmacy waiting area, and the Edu-care Centre bringing a sparkle to the eyes of patients, parents, children and staff.
“I am blown away by the artworks! They have done a fabulous job.” – Dr Anita Parbhoo, Medical Manager, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. “We are thankful for the generosity displayed by all who have contributed in brightening up the walls of our hospital. This will further brighten the faces of our patients and staff,” said Dr Matodzi Mukosi, CEO of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
“A special thanks goes to Quality Paint Supplies, who lovingly donated the paint for the project, and other donors like Checkers, Ian Dicky, Africa Film Services, Setsmart, Glacier by Sanlam, Stephan du Toit Photography and Franco Frazzitta who helped make this year the biggest project ever,” said Chris Lategan, organiser of Painting it Forward. Daniel and Friends Fund are proud to be the official NGO partner of this project.
Below are some images from the Painting it Forward initiative over the past few years.
The day entitled the uplifting of their one courtyard via volunteers painting various encouraging messages and colourful pictures. The theme for this year - Let your true colors shine and never stop dreaming. We believe that everyone can dream even if you are differently abled.
Sive Nathi provides 24-hour care to children who are profoundly challenged mentally and/or physically, as well as in some cases face an additional challenge of being HIV positive. Sive Nathi also strives to improve the quality of life of those in their care and provide them with a family as their parents have either passed away, cannot cope with their disability or simply abandoned them. The home currently accommodates 40 children and the daily care they provide includes ensuring a balanced, healthy diet, making sure the children are kept clean and comfortable, facilitating regular exercise and taking care of their medical needs. Some of the children are currently going to Astra School which specializes in physically-challenged children.
We would like to thank all involved making this day a possible. Without sponsors and volunteers this could not have been such a success.
Thank you to all the volunteers offering up their time - we appreciate you more than words can say.
Thank you to the following sponsors: Foshini ( TFG ) for clothes donated to the children Cleaning supplies for Sive Nathi ( Caprichem ) Paint, brushes, sheeting and so much more: Midas Earthcote in Edward Street, Bellville Bracken Mica Hardware Sabre Paints ( @Paint World ) Bellville Weatherprufe MASA - Measured Ability South Africa Industrial Foam and Rubber Hamilton Brushes DIY Shop Brooklyn Carrington Hardware
The day entitled the uplifting of their courtyard via volunteers painting various encouraging messages and colourful pictures. Sive Nathi provide a 24-hour care to children who are profoundly challenged mentally and/or physically, as well as in some cases face an additional challenge of being HIV positive. Sive Nathi also strives to improve the quality of life of those in their care and provide them with a family as their parents have either passed away, cannot cope with their disability or simply abandoned them.
The home currently accommodates 40 children and the daily care they provide includes ensuring a balanced, healthy diet, making sure the children are kept clean and comfortable, facilitating regular exercise and taking care of their medical needs.
Some of the children are currently going to Astra School which specialises in physically-challenged children. We would like to thank all involved making this day a possible.
Below are some images from our Mandela Day Outreach projects over the past few years.
For those of us in the special needs community, this increased visibility is very much a positive change. As modern technology improves and evolves, a larger number of disabled persons (who previously might have been restricted to where they could travel and socialise) are now able to enjoy so much more of their community...and their lives.
Life-changing equipment which is designed to encourage mobility while providing therapeutic benefits, like posture-adapting wheelchairs, walkers, etc., brings a refreshing upliftment to the differently-abled person's quality of life. The cost of such equipment can, however, be overwhelming and we are, thus, very fortunate to have been able to donate several life-changing pieces of equipment to some of the children within our NPO."
Our Different is Cool Fashion Show provides a platform for the community to celebrate each beautiful personality which shines beyond a diagnoses.
The Different is Cool Fashion show is Daniel and Friends Fund's legacy project, one which we are extremely proud of. It is a celebration of all our differently-abled children. The Fashion show is their moment to shine and celebrate their uniqueness, be it with wheelchairs or walking aids, with the doting support of their siblings on the catwalk. Each child walks proudly with a pamphlet boasting his or her diagnoses - feeling like the superheroes they are and being cheered on by the supporters.
We are thankful for all our sponsors who makes our legacy project such an incredible success. The Foshini Group for donating the children's outfits, Checkers for providing the children with wonderful goodie bags. Michelle Adams and Minki Burger ( both Ambassadors to Daniel and Friends Fund ) for generously giving their time and support and playing a passionate part in our Fashion show.
And lastly we would like to thank our beautifully different children who share their sparkle with us.
Different is Cool Fashion Show 2019
On Saturday 5 October we proudly hosted our fourth annual Different is Cool Fashion Show. We were very blessed and fortunate this year not having lost one of our children. The morning was dedicated to all our children fighting health issues this year, and being in and out of the hospital fighting so bravely.
The excitement was in the air, and the purple carpet was ready for the show to start. Michelle Gildenhuys Adams was once again the MC of the morning, announcing each child as they stepped onto the runway. There were few dry eyes as our 39 differently-abled children and their families enjoyed their moment.
Two very special friends from Lalaland, Lollos and Lettie (who is a proud Different Is Cool ambassador) treated the children to some of their most loved songs. Thank you Minki Burger for bringing them to visit us.
We are thankful to each and every one who made the event such an incredible success: The Foschini Group for donating the children's outfits and Bugz for gifting all the children and their families with wonderful family day out. We also wish to thank Michelle Gildenhuys, Minki Burger, Micia and Patricia Smit for dedicating their time to our Legacy Project, one we are so proud of. This morning would not have been such a success if it was not for your support.
Thank you to our amazing support team for all your help on the morning, you are truly the best support team we could ask for. Last, but certainly not least, we say a heartfelt THANK YOU to the beautifully different children who shared their sparkle with us and to the moms and dads who made sure they were there to do so. Photo credit to Candice Rodrigues from Different Kind of Perfect Photography.
Your talent and the way you capture our children are phenomenal. #TFG #DifferentIsCool #danielandfriendsfund
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