To celebrate what would’ve been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, Hot Cares is taking Madiba’s birthday month to touch one hundred lives in our community. Below are the stories of the lives that we have been able to change, follow our incredible journey and see how we help make a meaningful difference in the lives of those around us. One hundred years of Madiba Magic – One hundred lives changed.

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100 Lives 31 Days – Audrey Gets Mobile

Audrey Gets Mobile “When one neighbour helps another, we strengthen our communities.” - Jennifer Pahlka. There’s no way we could have forgotten the heart-wrenching story of Audrey Garrett who lost her daughter early this month. On 3rd July, Audrey's...

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100 Lives 31 Day – Shaz Gofoor

Shaz Gofoor “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” - African Proverb. Nominated by her mother Rehana Ishmael, Shaz Gofoor used to have a small beauty therapy place but her daughter was born with a medical condition,...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Marina and Dominique

Marina and Dominique “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Marina is a single mom who shares her home with her lovely 16-year-old daughter Dominique. Tragically, on Sunday the...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Elandsvallei Home for the Aged

Elandsvallei Home for the Aged “One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” - Jim Rohn. The Elandsvallei Home for the Aged is a nursing and frail care centre, run by The Red Cross. Established in 1952, The Elandsvallei Home was...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Lily Rose and Carene

Lily Rose and Carene “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. As a young girl, Carene started volunteering at the Love Of Christ Ministries (TLC) in the south of Johannesburg....

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100 Lives 31 Days – Gladys Gets Assistance

Gladys Gets Assistance “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in man’s determination.” - Tommy Lasorda. Bruce Rayne contacted Hot Cares to assist his former colleague Gladys. Bruce and Gladys worked in the Events industry, but...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Emily and Dudu

Emily and Dudu “Caring for others is an expression of what it means to be fully human.” - Unknown. Nadia nominated Emily, a sweet and humble retired lady, who used to be the cleaning lady at the company where Nadia worked. Emily and her daughter, Dudu,...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Have a Heart Care Centre

Have a Heart Care Centre “One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” - Jim Rohn. Marius Oelofse, a former missionary, identified the need for a place for the elderly in his area. Many people are not able to support themselves in...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Jacqui Gets Some Comfort

Jacqui Gets Some Comfort “Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care.” - Jerry Cantrell. Jacqui lived a normal life as a mom of two young children and a wife to her darling husband John; but nothing could’ve prepared her for the...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Living Link

Living Link "I Can Do Things You Cannot. You Can Do Things I Cannot. Together We Can Do Great Things." – Mother Teresa. Hot Cares got in touch with The Living Link earlier this month to see if they could get involved in treating some of our...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Helping Tayla and Her Family

Helping Tayla and Her Family “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” - Walt Disney. The last four years have been an incredibly trying time for Tayla's family. After demonstrating great personal strength, Ivan,...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Leon Gets a New Lease on Life

Leon Gets a New Lease on Life “Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.” - Sai Baba. Vanessa contacted Hot Cares to assist with her father, Leon. At...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Westbury Soccer Club

Westbury Soccer Club “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” - Nelson Mandela. Drugs are a huge problem in the areas of Westbury, Coronationville and the...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Vuleka Northriding

Vuleka Northriding “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela. Initiated by Parishes within the Anglican Diocese of Johannesburg, Vuleka was established in response to the growing crisis in education in the...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Sameshni is “Living2Inspire”

Sameshni is “Living2Inspire” “It’s not how we fall. It’s how we get back up again.” - Patrick Ness. During a routine Wellness Day at work in 2008, Sameshni Moodley did an HIV test as part of the regular set of health screenings. To her surprise, at the...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Yiull Damaso Auction Items

Yiull Damaso Auction Items Yiull Damaso is a critically acclaimed muralist, and visual artist, with work ranging from the abstract, to sculptures to striking oil on canvas pieces. Well known for his multiple Nelson Mandela portrait series, he was named...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Dignity Dreams

Dignity Dreams “Girls’ education is the single best investment that any society can make.” - Carol Bellamy. In Africa, the decision whether to buy a loaf of bread to satiate a grumbling stomach or a sanitary pad to manage a young girl’s period is...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Animal Ark Rescue Centre

Animal Ark Rescue Centre “Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend, never owned a dog.” - Unknown. The Animal Ark Rescue Centre in Chartwell was formed in 2011 by Tracey Otto out of her great passion for the rehabilitation and re-homing of...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Hero Mum Gets Help

Hero Mum Gets Help “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Shannon Botha nominated her courageous mom Fiona. Born three months premature at just 1.2kgs, Fiona was so little she...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Tomlin Family Reunion

Tomlin Family Reunion “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Gary was nominated by his friend Brigitte Kirton. Brigitte told Hot Cares about Gary who has recently had a...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Dylan Gets His Operation

Dylan Gets His Operation “A child can teach an adult three things; to be happy for no reason, to always be curious and to fight tirelessly for something.” - Paulo Coelho. Andre Snyman, a founding member of our eBlockwatch, sent in a desperate plea to...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Kagiso Gets More Support

Kagiso Gets More Support “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." - Dale Carnegie. Donald Moetsi (or Don Don, or Don Dash) as he is affectionately known...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Rosettenville Baby Home

Rosettenville Baby Home “The power of love and caring for can change the world.” - James Autry. Nominated by Adele Morrissey, Jackie Mutasa looks after abandoned babies that are rescued by the SA Police service, often from toilets and rubbish bins and...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Champions for Change

Champions For Change “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller. Champions for Change is a small NPC started in June 2014 by two sisters. One a retired nurse and clinical instructor and the other a headteacher. Both are...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Boikanyo Gets Some Wheels

Boikanyo Gets Some Wheels “Children see magic because they look for it.” - Christopher Moore. Our good friend, Brent Wilkins from VW Strijdom Park, sent a request to Hot Cares for Boikanyo. Boikanyo Mogatoe is the 13-year-old son of long-standing...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Ebenezer Psychiatric Home

Ebenezer Psychiatric Home Founded in 2005 by Charmaine Hennings, Ebenezer House cares for mentally ill adults who live off disability grants. Funded by the Department of Health, there is often a shortfall in meeting their needs. Occasionally Ebenezer...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Justin Gets a Birthday Surprise

Justin Gets a Birthday Surprise “Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” - Unknown. Nominated by family friend Terry Holton, Hot Cares received a request for assistance for the Aldous family in 2017, but at the time we were unable to assist....

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100 Lives 31 Days – Linden Children’s Home

Linden Children's Home “Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” - Anthony J D'Angelo. Hot Cares was contacted by Bev from the Linden Victim Support Unit at the Linden Police Station for assistance. Among other things, they work...

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100 Lives 31 Days – 4Paws Animal Shelter

4Paws Animal Shelter “The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” - Mahatma Gandhi. Tammy was nominated by Candice Smith who recently visited the 4Paws Animal Shelter in Diepsloot and adopted two...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Joyce Gets a Helping Hand

Joyce Gets a Helping Hand “A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” - James D. Watkins. Hot Cares recently met Joyce at a children's youth day event where we experienced her warmth, tenacity and her serving...

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100 Lives 31 Days – A Sponsor For Tsitsi Sekgobela

A Sponsor For Tsitsi Sekgobela “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela. Tsitsi Sekgobela is a selfless woman who left corporate life to follow her passion for helping others. Tsitsi joined Sasha...

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100 Lives 31 Days – National School of the Arts

National School of the Arts “Art helps us see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world.” - Ernest L. Boyer, President of the Carnegie Foundation. Cally de Klerk is a proud parent of a child attending the National School of the Arts...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Ryan & Jo-Lene Lynch

Ryan & Jo-Lene Lynch Ryan’s colleague and friend Myer nominated him for the Hot Cares ‘Touching 100 Lives Campaign’. He has been trying to help where possible but knows that any additional help would make the world of difference to Ryan. Myer said:...

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100 Lives 31 Days – Welcome Home Brandon-Lee

Welcome Home Brandon-Lee Brandon-Lee had a difficult start to his academic career, having been misdiagnosed as ADHD when he was little and only correctly diagnosed with Aspergers at the age of 16. A highly intelligent young man who battles to connect...

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