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18 August 2017

Rustenburg Stichting Tien Helpt Zuid Afrika, an outreach program from Holland formed by a group of 15 youths, raised funds in their own country to make the trip to South Africa from 7 – 17 August 2017 during their own school holidays. They chose three different charities to donate their time and financial aid to.

Child Welfare Rustenburg and the orphanage at the Rots Church were selected by Stichting Tien Helpt ZA.

The young team of foreigners wasted no time getting on with physical tasks to improve the orphanage.

They painted floors, installed lock floors, furnished one of the apartments, helped to complete the building of a storeroom and gave the area a fresh coat of paint.

Young people should see this effort as an example, what a huge difference a small group of people can make. After all, it’s the youth that the future belongs to!

FUNDING A FUTURE… Back from left: Harm Brand, Thirza Dykstenhuis, Marije Schalk, Jantine de Wit and Evert-Jan vd Langemaat. Middle from left: Willy Brand, Shzanne Niewold, Rosalie Lucas, Esther Meyberg, Lianne de Sans, Ron Kurvink and Janny Kurvink. Front from left: Stefan de Jong and Anton-Pieter v Olst.
FUNDING A FUTURE… Back from left: Harm Brand, Thirza Dykstenhuis, Marije Schalk, Jantine de Wit and Evert-Jan vd Langemaat. Middle from left: Willy Brand, Shzanne Niewold, Rosalie Lucas, Esther Meyberg, Lianne de Sans, Ron Kurvink and Janny Kurvink. Front from left: Stefan de Jong and Anton-Pieter v Olst.

“We could all learn a lesson from these young people; they are a beacon of hope. Not only did they raise all the funds to make the trip possible, but raised enough to make a substantial contribution to improving the lives of children in need in our community,” Dr Sheehan Grant, chairperson of Child Welfare Rustenburg, said in an interview with the Platinum Weekly newspaper.

“Thank you to each and every member of Stichting Tien Helpt Zuid Afrika who is leaving for home today. Words are insufficient when it comes to thanking a group of real heroes, Rustenburg thanks you,” Deidre Janse van Rensburg from Child Welfare Rustenburg said.

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