FNB You Can Help: Getting To Know An Underdog
Business woman Jenna da Silva Pinto, saw a unique opportunity when she made a connection which now seems so obvious. This, however, would not be a lucrative business, delivering large returns on investment. “I’ve always marvelled at the therapeutic power of animals and I decided to start a project that could bring together troubled youth and troubled dogs – two sets of underdogs coming together to help each other.”
FNB You Can Help: Turning Bullies into Young Men
Shocked at the increasing level of bullying in schools, which often result in violence and murder, the question is – what can be done about this and who will do it. One children’s organisation, Molo Songololo, took the task upon themselves long before violence in schools reared its head publically as just another symptom of an underlying social ills.
FNB You Can Help: The Dress Of Your Dreams
What do you do with a massive amount of evening dresses, high heels and costume jewellery that most people can only wear once? You open your doors to princesses, or course.
This is what fairy godmothers Erica Pienaar and late Helga Leurs did when in 2006 they sent out a couple of emails on behalf of an underprivileged girl who needed a dress for her matric farewell.
FNB You Can Help: Fighting Obesity
Popular culture has seen an increased focus on healthy lifestyles and eating habits, but as new fast food chains keep opening up, it seems that this health conscious lifestyle is one reserved for mid and upper-level income groups. Those able to afford good quality meat, and organic, gluten-free products.
Although healthy eating habits certainly are harder to achieve on a lower income, Simone Tomaz from the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA[BF1] ), says that staying fit and healthy does not have to cost a lot of money in the form of expensive gym memberships and sports clubs.
FNB You Can Help: Experiencing A Cheetah
50k. 50 Big Ones. 50 000 Bucks. It’s a lot of money for most people, no matter which way you look at it. It was a particularly large amount of money for the single, unemployed Riana van Niewenhuizen back in 2006. It was however a small price to pay for the realisation of a childhood dream and above that, the love and affection of one of creation’s most majestic animals – the cheetah.
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FNB You Can Help: Recycling
Not everyone knows this, but the people pushing their trolleys full of junk all over our cities, or trolley people as Rowen Anderson calls them, actually have method to their madness. Although they may not know it, these pioneers are pushing our country towards a first world culture of recycling when they collect the recyclables we dump in a big pile.
And so too are the buyers of their goods – recycling companies such as the one owned by Rowen’s family, Wastewant Youth Recycling Cooperative.
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FNB You Can Help: Rhino Orphanage
Wheels humming on the tar at what seems to be breakneck speed, cell phone going in and out of service and a sense of danger seeping through Karen Trendler’s voice. The Rhino Orphanage Response Project team has just been called out to rescue another rhino calf orphaned by poachers.
FNB You Can Help: A Prisoner and a Granny
It was once common place for widows, orphans and extended family members to find a home with a family who could accommodate them. Now, however, grandparents feel like a burden on their children and their busy lives when these matriarchs are no longer able to work and provide for themselves.
This, explains Linda Ngcobo, director of the KwaMashu Christian Care Society close to Durban, was the reason for the establishment of this home for the elderly of the Zulu community in 1984.
FNB You Can Help: Hillbrow's Children
Ponte Tower. It marks the Joburg skyline and hints at an abandoned time of charm and prestige in the once aspirational suburb, Hillbrow. Now known as a den of drugs, crime and poverty not to be driven through if you can help it. If you can’t – certainly not with your windows open.
Not so for Nickolaus Bauer and Michael Luptak. For these residents of the landmark, Hillbrow is on the up and up and holds something undiscovered to those who lift their noses and take the back routes.
FNB You Can Help: Getting Girls' Stuff
Boys can be relentless at the best of times. But what about when you’re a teenage schoolgirl without sanitary products? The girls in the Bergnek community outside of Polokwane were dropping out of school due to the embarrassment and teasing they had to endure when having their periods. Keabetswe Keith Mosumane noticed this and decided to make GirlsStuff.Period part of his already incredible initiative – Bergnek Community Projects.
FNB You Can Help: Sapesi Mobile Library
Tadashi “Tad” Hasunuma came to South Africa in 1998 at the helm of Sony SA, excited about the prospects of employment equity and the new, free country he had an opportunity to make a difference in. Unfortunately, he realised that there was much legwork to be done in terms of education at a primary level, rather than the tertiary level where engineers and businessmen are made.
“When I interviewed candidates, I saw that they were good people, but many were not functionally literate. I understood why Mr Mandela gave us the responsibility to educate the children.”