Last week's wishes
Hope for Lindiwe
We received an email from Nomsa Mlambo whose birthday wish is for Lindiwe Zondo a member of the community she lives in. Nomsa says the house of the Zondo family in Zola, Soweto was burned to the ground after it caught fire in the past few weeks.
Nomsa says everything they owned went up in flames, including the nursery school in the same yard run by Lindiwe. Nomsa says Lindiwe was distraught as everything she worked for was gone including the nursery school where she looks after the children in the community.
Nomsa says Lindiwe is known as a mother to the motherless, an active member of her church and has been running her nursery for the less privileged for the past 23 years.
Nomsa says Lindiwe has also taken it upon herself to give food to destitute children in the local primary schools. Nomsa says Lindiwe is a kind hearted women, a mother to the children in the community. Nomsaís wish for Lindiwe is some help to replace some of the items lost in the fire.
Gold Sun Industries is going to help Lindiwe restore her home with ten large sunny kids tables and forty junior kids chairs.
A new world for Christina
Sharon Parrot sent us an email about her mother who had a stroke in December 2010 and as a result lost the use of her left side. She says her mom has not been able to read since the stroke.
Sharon says her mother was a member of the library and loved to read, and that she misses it terribly. Sharon says it would help if her mother could read again to help stimulate her mind.
Sharonís wish for her mother is an audio book. Exclusive Books are sponsoring a hamper of audio books.
Education for John
Pam Durrant wrote to us asking if there was any way we could help her loyal domestic helper, Julia Rasebeka with her sonís college fees.
Pam says Julia is a single parent who has been paying her son, Johnís college fees from her monthly salary as a domestic worker and does piece work earning more or less R3 500 per month. Pam says Julia has been paying Johnís fees since January 2009.
The fees for John's Information Technology diploma at the PC Business and Training College started off at R1 000 a month and are now between R1 700 and R2 000 per month. Pam says in April this year Juliaís daughter who lived in Polokwane and was a single parent passed away leaving behind two young children aged 12 and 16. She says the two girls are left on their own and with the assistant of neighbours.
Pam says what breaks her heart is that Julia who will be turning 60 next year, is torn between her son completing his diploma at the end of the year and knowing that she has to go to Polokwane to care for her two grandchildren, while not earning a salary for the next six months. Pam says if Julia leaves to go to Polokwane, there will be no funds available for her to continue paying for Johnís education until December 2012 and for him to complete his diploma.
Pamís wish for Julia is financial assistance to pay off Johnís college fees. Mustek will pay for Johnís college fees. They will also include a custom built Macer PC and Macer accessories.
A gravestone for Richmond
We received an email from Sandy Goodlife, who has asked us to help her domestic worker Melta Shoba. Melta Shobaís son Richmond took ill and was suffering from excruciating headaches.
Sandy says after many visits to the Germiston hospital Richmond was finally admitted. Sandy says when she spoke to one of the nurses on duty; she was told Richmond had had a fit. Sandy says while Richmond was in hospital his condition deteriorated and Melta asked if she could take her December holiday early as she wanted to take Richmond to Swaziland.
Sandy says when Melta and Richmond were making their way to Swaziland they had to stop at a hospital in Polokwane as Richmondís condition had worsened. She says it took one test by the doctor to diagnose Richmond with viral meningitis. Sandy says because it was left untreated for so long, there was nothing much the doctors could do for him.
Sandy says Melta and herself were fantasizing the other day about what they would spend their money on if they won the lotto. She says Melta said she would get a gravestone for her son. Sandyís wish for Melta is a gravestone for Richmond.
Forget Me Not Tombstones are sponsoring a gravestone.
Groceries for Valencia
Granville Peterson sent us an email seeking assistance for Valencia Ndlovu and her children. Granville says Valencia and her family live in Geluksdal, on the East Rand.
He says Valencia is a mother of four who had an unsuccessful marriage, and also has to take care of her sisterís adopted child. Granville says Valencia works at the feeding scheme at the primary school in the area and can barely afford to take care of her children with the money she earns.
Granville says his family has adopted one of Valenciaís daughters and they are helping her with school to help ease the burden. Granville says he also assists on a monthly basis with providing food for the family.
Granvilleís wish for Valencia is some assistance with grocery vouchers. Pick n Pay are sponsoring a R3000 grocery voucher.
A celebrity wish for Robyn
We received an email from Trisha Butler, who wanted us to grant her daughterís biggest wish. Trisha says her beautiful daughter Robyn was born on the 14th of June 2001. She says Robyn was born prematurely, at 28 weeks and due to a load of complications that are associated with prematurity, Robyn was diagnosed with diaplegic cerebral palsy at 15 months, and as a result now walks with the aid of a walker.
Trisha says Robyn has endured so much in her short life and she has faced everyday with a smile. Trisha says Robyn is possibly the bravest little person she knows. Trisha says Robyn is scheduled to undergo a major surgery on the 18th of July, a bilateral release of her hamstrings and adductors as well as an osteotomy de-rotation to correct a twisted femur.
Trisha says this is a massive operation that will see Robyn out of action for a minimum of four weeks as she will be unable to have weight on her left leg. Trisha says apart from the normal wishes of a little girl of visiting Disneyland or meeting Justin Bieber, Robyn really loves watching 7de Laan on SABC 2.
Trisha says Robyn loves watching the daily show and her request while she will be in hospital is that she can have a set of headphones to watch 7de Laan. Trishís wish for Robyn is to meet some cast members 7de Laan.
7de Laan has offered Robyn the opportunity to meet some of her favourite cast members.
A pram for Cheri
We received an email from Zann Le Roux, who has asked us to help her sister and her husband.
Zann says her sister Cheri Jones is seven months pregnant and she and her husband are currently unemployed. Zann says they tried running their own business but unfortunately it didnít work out.
She says family and friends have been assisting where they can but they still need a few more essentials for the unborn baby. Zannís wish for Cheri is a cot and a pram.
Chelino are sponsoring a Chelino Travel system which consists of a stroller and car seat, a Chelino Camping Cot, a Chelino High Chair and a Chelino walking ring. The total value of this package will be R5600.
A sewing machine for Gina
We received an email from Julie Wells who has a young friend whose life she wants to brighten up. Julieís friend is Gina Muhurure who is only 23 years old but has suffered a fate worse than any woman can, the loss of her child.
Julie says Gina and her husband are still studying and Ginaís husband works part time as a sports coach at a school. She says Gina had a son Daniel, who was born two years ago and in November last year he got ill and despite numerous visits to the hospital, the little boy passed away.
Julie says this shattered both the lives of Gina and her husband, but for Gina life has been a stream of lonely days as Kuda her husband goes to work and she is left in their flat alone with her thoughts. Julie says Gina has just completed writing her exams but her search for work has been in vain.
Julie says Gina recently shared with her, her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Julie says Gina studied business management so that she can start her own company one day. Julie says when she suggested Gina begin making matric dance and wedding dresses she said she would need a sewing machine.
Julieís wish for Gina is a sewing machine, so Uno Sewing Machinery is sponsoring a sewing machine and INTEC is offering a Pattern Cutting and Design Diploma valued at R5 690.
A garden for Louisa
Tinyiko Mathebula sent us an email asking to help make her motherís birthday a pleasant one.
Tinyiko says her mother Louisa Mthembu turns 62 on the 6th of June 2012. She says her motherís house is a corner house situated close to a running stream in the Doornkop informal settlement in Soweto.
Tinyiko says her motherís daily routine involves cleaning up the area where the stream is situated without fail.
Tinyikoís wish for her mother is to get some assistance to clean and beautify the area for her to at least relax and get some rest on her special day.
Roots Landscape Designs are sponsoring a vegetable and herb garden creation.
Connection for Ferero
Daleen Hall wrote to us asking us to help her domestic workerís son. Daleen says her domestic worker and child minder Eunice is gem she cannot live without. She says Eunice has been working for her for just under a year; her main duty is looking after her fifteen month old son. Daleen says Eunice does her job with the greatest love, dedication and compassion. Daleen says Eunice has always been very enthusiastic about life and her work but lately she has been very down.
Daleen says the reason for this is that Euniceís son, Ferero Sekhosana got accepted at the Vaal University of Technology after matriculating in 2011, but being a single mother she is unable to support his tuition fees and accommodation. Daleen says it has been a lifelong dream for Ferero to become a graphic designer. Daleen say Ferero managed to obtain a study loan through the university but this doesnít cover his accommodation, food or expensive art material.
Daleen says one of the items Ferero requires is a laptop with enough RAM and hard drive space to do his graphic design assignments on. She says he currently tries to complete all his work on the computers available at the Universityís graphic design department during the day, but he is struggling to get all assignments done as often a lot of extra work is required after hours and he is falling behind.
Daleen say Eunice has been in tears about this on several occasion. Daleen says every month Eunice uses her last cent she earns to pay for his accommodation and food. Daleen says like any other parent Eunice wants a good future for her child.
Daleenís wish for Ferero is a laptop, so Incredible Connection are sponsoring a laptop, Microsoft Home/Office Student and a carry bag.
A makeover for Denise
Bennie Coetzee sent us an email to help the Madison family who he has known for several years after he enrolled his daughter at Deniseís music school. Bennie says Denise and her husband are two excellent music teachers who are also outstanding musicians. Bennie says Denise concentrates on piano and singing and her husband on cello.
Bennie says Denise was recognised as an outstanding student while she was still at school and received a Royal School of Music grant to study music in London, when she was only 18 years old. Bennie says after Denise completed her studies she and her husband returned to South Africa and made music their careers, both as performing artists and teachers.
Bennie says Denise and her husband live in a modest home, where they also teach from. Bennie says they managed fine until a couple of years ago when the financial crunch hit. Bennie says their list of pupils decreased, which meant less income for them.
Bennie says the last couple of months have been hard on the Mason family. He says they only have one old car and about a month ago they were hit by another car that ignored a red light. So now they are stuck without a car. Bennie says Denise still has to keep the family going, her husband withdrew completely after the accident and is in pain.
Their son was diagnosed epileptic at 15 years and struggles to be strong for his studies. The news of the accident brought on an epileptic attack and has set Deniseís sonís progress back. Bennie says he believes the best support other than financial support would be to put the family in a position where they can take car of themselves. Bennies wish for Denise is a make-over to boost her morale.
The IE Group (Image Excellency Group) is offering Denise a full dayís session to refine her personal impact power.
A motorised wheelchair for Noki
We received an email from Nola Agulhas and her colleagues at the City of Johannesburg Libraries asking us to help their colleague Noki Setipa. Noki is a paraplegic, and works as a library assistant at the City of Johannesburg Libraries.
Noki lives in Hillbrow and travels to her workplace in Braamfontein using the wheelchair friendly Metro bus. Nola says Noki depends entirely on a second hand motorised wheelchair to get around and the wheelchair has been fixed by a back yard mechanic for several years.
Nola says the recurring repair costs have been very expensive and a drain on her limited resources. Nola says the wheelchair is now totally beyond repair. Nola says at present Noki is using a non-motorised wheelchair which presents difficulties. Noki is dependent on the assistance she receives from colleagues and often has to pay strangers to carry her to her flat.
Nola says Noki is a mother of two young dependents who cannot assist her. Nola says Noki has a very positive outlook is motivated and very independent. She says Nokiís attendance record at work is exemplary, rain, snow or illness does not deter her.
Nola says since the breakdown of her wheelchair, Nokiís movement has been increasingly curtailed and she has become despondent and anxious as her loss of independence has become a great worry. Nola says it is also financially impossible for Noki to buy a new or even second-hand motorised wheelchair.
Nola and her colleagues wish is a motorised wheelchair for Noki. Fly Brothers SA is sponsoring a motorised wheelchair for Noki.
A ride in a Ferrari for Graham
Basil Dickason has sent us an email about his nephew Graham Dickason, who started his battle with Leukemia in 2010. Basil says Graham is someone who has always smiled and continued being positive despite going through immense pain and discomfort brought on by the chemotherapy.
Basil says at one point during Grahamís treatment the doctors confirmed the cancer had been cleared, but he later contracted absidia, a fungal growth on his lung with spots on his left. This affected his breathing and Graham was unable to walk 20m, all this for a young man of 27 years at that time. Basil says that Graham received fungicide treatment for a number of months that eventually cleared the spots on his left lung, but unfortunately he had to have his right lung removed as there was a possibility of it restricting his arteries and bursting in his right ribcage which would have led to him drowning.
Around August 2011 after several tests, Graham was diagnosed with malignant meningitis and a tumour at the base of his brain.
Today Graham is paralysed from the waist down and is bed ridden, but where best they can the family tries to take him out. Basilís wish for Graham is a ride in a Ferrari.
Viglietti Motors are sponsoring a ride in a Ferrari for the day.
A couch for Elizabeth
Greg Fraser sent us an email about an acquaintance of his, Elizabeth Small who has nothing to her name. Greg says Elizabeth has a job which she has had for a few months, but which doesnít pay much. She is using a dilapidated bakkie which her employer had repaired. Greg says about half her salary goes towards her rent.
Elizabeth has an eight year old son that she only sees every second weekend. Greg says when he delivered a second hand refrigerator he noticed that Elizabeth and her son use garden chairs in their lounge as seating.
Gregís wish for Elizabeth is comfortable furniture that will make her home comfortable especially during winter.
Morkels is sponsoring a brand new Cubano Lounge Suite.
We received an email from Michelle Johnson about the Dickson Family whose home was destroyed in a fire, which claimed the lives of four of their five children. The fire not only took the lives of their children but left them without a home as well. In her email Michelle says they are desperately looking for help for the family.
She says the Dickson family has no funeral policies or anything in place. Michelle says friends and family are trying their best to get the bare necessities together for the Dickson family.
Michelleís wish is for any help the family can get to survive this ordeal and be able to get back on their feet.
Spar is sponsoring 12 X R3 000 vouchers, a total of R36 000 groceries voucher for a year.