We all have bad days from time to time, I know I do! and leaner financial periods in our lives, sometimes this is out of our control, or it can be down to the choices we make. As a whole, the western society we live in is very privileged. We all have choices in life we can make to determine our future, it’s up to us what outcome we choose in our life?
Imagine if that choice was completely taken away, and the only focus you had was to make sure you and your family had somewhere to sleep, away from the elements and deadly creatures. The hope that food and clean water may come your way to give you a small amount of energy to walk or to learn, and that praying to god gave you a sense of being, and in hope that this cruel world may turn in your favour.
3 years ago, I had the most amazing opportunity to start a project to raise money for some of our team at Creations to head to South Africa, to Kwa-Zulu Natal, one of the poorest regions on earth, and support a community there. We set up the first breakfast club, feeding in excess of 300 children every day for 1 year (these kids sometimes go 3 days without eating) to fund a social workers club to support babies and children that have been abused, so they grow up knowing it is wrong, and to stop the cycle of abuse. To financially support an after school club, so the orphans can stay at school a little longer, and for a jam sandwich and a drink before walking home, sometimes up to 3 hours, to their shack. We did all this, including the build of a house for a family who were in desperate need.
For 2016, we decided to shift our fundraising focus to a little girl in Chichester called Erin who has Cerebral Palsy and needs surgery (costing £40,000) to help her walk. Erin is being helped by Give 4 BETH, founded by Rich Sherwell, and will be Creations Hair and Beauty’s charity of the year.
That said, even though this is our focus, we are still supporting The CoCo’s Foundation. The second Breakfast club, supported by Creations Hair and Beauty has just been launched, giving 324 children at the Bhekamangwane Primary School, a meal before they start their day.
We cannot change the world, but we can change the world for one person!