We thank each and every person involved in this amazing Charity day. We can’t wait to change lives in 2020 – thanks to you!
“What you are doing here, is turning tragedy into triumph” – Mr. Nelson Mandela’s words in 2002 when Eduplex was officially opened.
Mandela Day calls us all to make the world a better place, we celebrate his legacy in our sustainable way to bring a lasting gift of hearing.
In many communities, poverty and poor-quality resources leave deaf children being excluded from society and preventing them from reaching their full potential in the work environment. In a country of economic uncertainties, we intend to support patients with financial needs. Most of our beneficiaries resides in rural communities and can’t afford a Cochlear Implant.
How You Can Change a Life Today!
- Donate R67 or more towards the gift of hearing for a child in need.
- Spend your 67 minutes to share this positive initiative and motivate 6 OR 7 friends to do the same.
Every Cent Counts!
30-year-old Willem Malan was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, called CMT, which is believed to be the cause of his hearing loss.
According to his parents he could hear certain sounds during his childhood, but was diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of 7 years and received his first hearing aids at the age of 9 years.
Although he was dependant on his hearing aids, his hearing loss unfortunately deteriorated over the years. Because of his progressive hearing loss, Willem does not receive benefit from his hearing aids any longer and was approved for a cochlear implant. His device was switched on, on 20 June when he heard sound for the first time via a cochlear implant.
Thanks to the financial support from Studex SA, Willem received the Gift of Hearing on 20 May 2019.
A little girl with the most piercing blue eyes has started a meaningful conversation; now we get to see the start of her incredible journey!
Pretoria, South Africa – Florence Ziniel and her daughter Chogtaa are from Ghana. Chogtaa was born with a rare genetic disorder called Waardenburg syndrome which means that she has ice blue eyes but is also deaf.
Waardenburg syndrome is a rare genetic disorder most often characterised by varying degrees of deafness, minor defects in structures arising from the neural crest, and pigmentation changes. It was first described in 1951.
Florence worked hard to raise funds, despite all the misinformation and fear-mongering they faced, to get her daughter a cochlear implant, in the hopes that helping her hear, would help get her ahead in life. Florence and Chogtaa were assisted by the Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in Southern Africa.
The foundation is a non-profit that works to help children in South Africa and internationally. They launched their first project, Eduplex.
After hearing Chogtaa’s story, Eduplex immediately offered her a fully-funded place in their school where she will learn to speak. The first video they shared spoke of Chogtaa and Florence’s journey to South Africa, now they have shared an update showing Chogtaa’s first time hearing.
They joined forces with “The Oakes Collective” to create a video to tell her story, and change the idea behind “the girl with blue eyes”.
Take a look at the life-changing moment below. PS: Grab a few tissues because we cried like babies watching this!
It is now more critical than ever that Chogtaa gets a chance to learn at a school that is catered to her needs.
The school is appealing to anyone for help as now that Chogtaa is ready to start learning, being in a critical stage of her life, they need to get Florence settled into South Africa. She needs help with obtaining the correct visa to live here while Chogtaa gets the much-needed education she deserves.
If you can offer any assistance, you can contact Erika Basson via email or call them on +27 (0) 12 333 3130.
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.
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!
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!