Visions for the New Year 2019

As we approach 2019, we are looking forward to change many more lives with the gift of hearing, to approach and connect with many more angels, to apply for more awards in order to expand and improve our good cause, to increase the awareness about the gift of hearing and to appreciate more and more blessings to make a difference in the lives of those in need.


We look forward to give the gift of hearing to a very special 2-year-old girl from Ghana.  We are busy with countless arrangements to realize the gift of hearing for Rebecca Dumeh for early 2019.

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We look forward to give the gift of hearing to ‘Suné Hope’ early in 2019. A  2-year-old little girl with profound hearing loss, who experienced multiple traumas in her short life. This little girl is now in foster care with a loving family who are determined to give her a second chance in life. Together with the Foundation, this family is currently busy with a very powerful fundraising drive for Suné to receive an implant in both ears by early 2019. We strongly believe with them, that ‘Suné’ will have the total amount of funds in time for her implants.

Please note that personal details have been changed to protect the identity of this child.


In 2019, we plan to support MANY patients and to build strong relationships with ALL our donors!

 


Support and Gratitude, the truer meaning of Christmas

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Studex South Africa have supported 11 patients with the gift of hearing in 2018 – and a 12th patient will benefit from the last 2018 donation in January.  We look forward to continue this amazing partnership with Studex SA (American Piercing Systems) who really made a huge difference in the lives of many Cochlear Implant patients this year.  Thank you Studex South Africa, your continuous support makes it possible for us to provide our patients with the gift of hearing! We urge the public to support the Foundation by also purchasing Studex ear rings available at selected stores. 


What a journey we once again experienced with Isa Gold this year! Isa gold supported us on a monthly basis and we were able to allocate funds to 8 beneficiaries with huge outstanding amounts for the gift of hearing in 2018. We are so excited to continue this journey with Isa Gold in 2019, and we know that we will be able to change many more lives with cochlear implants, supported by this wonderful company, Isa Gold.  Thank you for believing in the gift of hearing and for making it possible for us to continue our work.


Community Chest of the Western Cape and the Nellie Atkinson Trust (Nedgroup Trust) – how can we thank you enough! You have once again made such a huge difference to our organisation’s work. Thank you for supporting 2 patients with the funds they would never have received in time, Busiseka Khanyile and Rebecca Dumeh. We will keep you posted about the switch on moments and the progress of these 2 little brave ones.


Mr Stefan Launer and family. We would like to once again express our sincere gratitude for the donation you have made towards our organisation this year. Your support assisted a very bright young lady, Davida Lotter. We know she will move mountains in the years to come, thank you for making such a big difference in her life.


Thank you Forever Resorts SA for almost R190 000 to help 3 children with their outstanding amounts to receive the gift of hearing!  We cannot wait for the next fundraising opportunity in 2019.  Together we will change more lives.


To the Caring Daisies, the Round Table, each and every individual donor who either contributed once, monthly or annually.  Your exceptional support allowed us to bring joy, independence and a life-changing gift of hearing to those in need.


To all our donors – your support, we believe, is also in keeping with the truer meaning of Christmas.  Click HERE to donate!

 


Community Chest Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards 2018

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It was indeed a full house at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town – at the Community Chest Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards evening on the 28th of November 2018.

We are extremely humble and proud for the Future Investment Award we received, and would like to sincerely thank Community Chest of the Western Cape for acknowledging the Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in SA’s hard work and for believing in the GIFT OF HEARING!

Congratulations to all the award winners, keep up the good work to change lives!

YouTube Video: Community Chest Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards 2018

 


Cochlear Implant Journey & Testimonial, Mr Mpho Matibe


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Going forward, the year 2018 marks the biggest life changing hearing dream of my life.

 

I had underwent Cochlear Implant surgery on 21 September 2018  whereby a magnet is inserted under your skin and I couldn’t be more thankful to a team of doctors from Ear Institute for Hearing, Nose & Throat in Queenswood, Pretoria as well as The Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in Southern African.

On the 22nd October 2018; imagine I had waited more than 30 years to see my dream become a reality – I mean the joy of having an unbelievable real experience and that is to hear.  

The echo of the sound I heard after wearing the Cochlear Implant for the first time still rings in my head like a lullaby and today a lot has changed. I am able to sing crazily in my car hearing all the lyrics of the song while driving, the movies I constantly watch and having curiosity on what it means to hear what the actors are saying and its story ending line, hearing people knock from your door even after you locked it, my phone ringing even if I am busy cooking and not staring at it and talking to my team of Engineers at work – that alone was the most beautiful thing I have ever had in my life.

Now I am able to attend meetings and hear what the agenda is all about and asking questions and being given feedbacks.

I recalled parking my car at the site at work and the funny thing I heard about 500 or more metres away from me was the sound of the turbine generator and people talking because before this, I never heard such things.


Forever Resorts SA Golf Day 2018

On Thursday, 15 November, Forever Resorts South Africa hosted their annual Charity Golf Day, this year in aid of the Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in SA at Blue Valley Golf and Country Estate.

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The Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss, creating a sustainable future for people with hearing loss, inspire, educate, develop and empower an entire community, create fresh perspectives and innovative solutions, promote social welfare, encourage poverty alleviation and generate a lasting change.

The Forever Golf Day raised a total of R189 093.01 and the funds were paid over directly to the foundation to help three children (Haley Smit, 4, Ronisha Malander, 4, and Mulweli Makhuva, 9) to pay for their cochlear implants.

Mulweli underwent his operation on Monday, 19 November 2018 and will now be going through the process of slowly training his brain to hear again as he lost his hearing due to illness some years ago.

We would like to thank Forever Forever Resorts South Africa, the Golfers, and all the wonderful sponsors who participated in this successful Golf Day, supporting the cause and making such a huge difference in the lives of children with hearing loss.  Without you, your passion and your selfless generosity this would not have been possible. Oranje Drukkers, Bravo Group Sealy, Backgat Braai, Adams&Adams, Pam Golding Nelspruit, Beeld, Birchwood Hotel, Unlimited Events Group, Forever Warmbaths, Forever Badplaas, Forever Gariep, Forever Centurion, Forever Loskopdam, Forever White River, BDT Accountants, AirlinkVictoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, Wild Horizons Tours, The Good Oaks, Pentagon Security Consultants, FNB, Valorem, Agri SA, Rockwood Theatre, Delheim Wines, Levati Water, Rhino Clothing, Work Front, Dairymaid, Pretoria FM, Decimal Agency and Zebula Golf Estate and Spa.

 

Listen to our Pretoria FM interview with Forever Resorts South Africa for their annual golf day, held on November 15, 2018, for the benefit of the Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss.

The Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss raise over R130 000

The Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in Southern Africa held its inaugural golf day in Pretoria. Hosted by the organisation’s patron, radio presenter and singer, Martin Bester, the golfers raised R133 000 for three girls who urgently need cochlear implants.

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The golf day that took place at the Silver Lakes Golf Club, and was attended by a host of celebrities including Bok Van Blerk, Dewald Wasserfall, Ampie, Ricus Nel, Danny Smoke and Jo Black. Corporate organisations came out in numbers to support the event that culminated in a prize giving dinner, presented by actor and comedian, Hannes Brummer, with a live performance by Martin Bester. Guests pledged support for the organisation. Sponsors and supporting corporates included Investec, Ford, Franschhoek Country House and Villas, iSmart SA, The Fairway Hotel, Belle Vie, Colban Golf Park, Canon, Sean Botha’s Golf Academy, Bidford Food Solutions, Snapp Architects, VDT Attorneys, Adventures with Elephants, Clarity Group, Copperleaf, The Golf Hub, Glenwood Chicken Deli, Oranje Print and Packaging, Uvex, Robert Busdiens, Caterlynx, Severus Smit, and Willie Du Plessis.

“We are thrilled with the results of the golf day. Thanks to the kind hearted people that supported this event, we are now able to sponsor cochlear implants for two beautiful young girls that are in desperate need,” says Erika Basson, the manager at The Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss. “We will now continue to actively raise funds for the third little girl that is R68 000 short for her cochlear implant. All support for her would be welcome.”The Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss has announced that its second golf day will take place on Thursday, 1 June 2017 at Silver Lakes.

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