Recent & Ongoing Projects

Ellen Pakkies Women's Day 2019

Montagu is also plagued by social ills like gender based violence, bullying and drug abuse, like many other parts of our country. To try and change mindsets and create a dialogue around these issues, RAM in association with 1000 Women 1 Voice decided to make a day of it, and screen the movie based on Ellen Pakkies' life story, combined with a talk by Ellen Pakkies herself to bring awareness and to open the conversation about these issues. There were discreet counselling services on site and other spoils to make the day a success.

We are so thankful to our glorious God for blessing this event. Seldom ever seen in Montagu, as the movie started to play, Olin told me to look and see the amazing rainbow gracing the sky outside. What a start to what we know was a huge success of an event. Given that we had started later than planned, God's timing is always right - divine intervention.

Thank you 1000 Women 1 Voice, Tina Thiart, Ellen Pakkies, and Caroline Peters - what a team we were.

Assisted by an amazing team with Mareletta Van Zyl Mundey, the staff of Montagu-Ashton Tourism Association, and Olin Kiewietz & Dorisca M. Kiewietz .

A blessing filled day it was with so many sponsors to make this day possible.

Thank you for the venue, the Ophelia Hall, and Langerberg Municipality without the space, this event would not have been possible.

To cater for our guests, we supplied 500 cold meat sandwiches, dozens of muffins, and 4 humongous pots of soup, as well as  the Shoprite food truck that was made accessible to us - thank you.

Many tears were seen, many truths were told, and many lives affected.

The RAM team and Ellen Pakkies were graciously hosted again by the Montagu Country Hotel, such a huge spoil for us.

God is good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkU_Cc8-8Ls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL9Hm9J6MQ4

Lingelihle Old Age Home Visit

Following the events of the previous day, RAM went on to Lingelihle Old Age Home in Ashton to hand out beautiful pairs of shoes from homechoice.

We received an urgent request for 100 Lt of soup and 30 loaves of bread. Not a problem - soup was made and ready to pack by 10 P.M. we stacked an extra 500 tins of soup to add to the 2000 cups needed.

Thank you to Deon Smit for collecting and delivering the soup.

"Where there is a will...nothing will stop you."
God provides renewed strength.

 


Drought Relief Project - Oudtshoorn 2019

Drought Relief Donors

A fellow non-profit organisation, South African Water Warriors, initiated and distributed the donations received from our fellow South Africans to the drought stricken area of our country.

The much-needed water, fodder, and groceries was delivered to a drought-stricken farming community in Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo. The area is one which has been particularly affected by the drought in the region and where we have been assisting with emergency drought relief packages. 

We would like to thank our donors; Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, Oakland Dairies, Imagine Cruising SA, Imagine Holidays, Signage Installation & Services, and Montagu Foods for their assistance and donations towards a great cause.

Thank you to Pieter du Plessis and Turnberry Boutique Hotel for arranging and providing accommodation. We had a much needed wonderful nights rest.

Thank you to Deon Smit and South African Water Warriors for your unselfish deeds to alleviate some of the sufferings of the drought-stricken Oudtshoorn.

We are forever thankful to Mans Vervoer Kraaifontein for your support, thank you to the amazing driver who maneuvered this huge truck to deliver the goods.

Convoy Arrival

A pleasant feeling of excitement, our expectations of something joyful and solemn was aroused among us as the convoy arrived. Look at how much was collected, and there is still more.

The Donations

We are more than happy to have received in-kind donations from across the country.

To be blessed

It is through the amazing support we received from our fellow South Africans that this drought relief project was possible. The blessings showered over Oudtshoorn, with many angels restoring hope, love, and life to our animals, farmers, and workers.


Mandela Day 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWjDUOoXABU

Check out some of our amazing projects that we implemented for Mandela Day 2019. Thank you to all those who contributed to ensure the day was a success.

We are beyond thankful to Rheinette OaklandOakland Dairies, who donated  milk, yogurt, and cheese. We handed over the items at various places; our Early Childhood Development Schools (ECDs), Lingelihle Old Age Home, and the homeless people in Montagu.

A big shout out to Sharon Hunlun and Ruan Hunlan who assisted in the cutting of the 42 kg donated cheese into smaller pieces, so that we were able to share with many families.

We are always so grateful for the wonderful contributions towards the works in our rural areas. Our heartfelt thanks to Herbert Bührer for the 5 rolls of lovely protein. To Johanna Kotze and LHL for their wonderful donation of fruit and vegetables. Our food packages for the homeless were more than filling thanks to the kind sharing hearts of our donors.

We made a lovely macaroni 'n cheese, and sweet delicacies to serve with a fruit salad for our Lingelihle Old Age Home in Zolani, Ashton.

The delicious pot went to Olin Kiewietz, who ensures bush and street people get warm meals. To Sharon Hunlun, who cooks for many elders in Montagu, a Kenwood electronic machine was donated.

We are beyond proud of all you do to assist our support base in Montagu. You are our angels helping us to make a difference serving the homeless in Montagu.

Fransie du Toit Primary School

In honour of Nelson Mandela Day, our colleagues in South Africa took some time out to support the incredible RAM charity.

We had an awesome time spoiling our young learners. Thank you principal Elrico Sylvester for making the necessary arrangements with the parents of these beautiful children.

Many thanks to Imagine Cruising SA and Imagine Holidays for the huge gift of a new fridge, microwave, urn and 7 heaters for the school.

Mandela Day spoils, spreading joy to our children.

Talana Primary School

What a beautiful day at Talana Primary School. Thank you Imagine Cruising SA , Imagine Holidays, and volunteer staff for spoiling our children with treats and  9 heaters.

What a warming gift!

Sakhikamva ECD

To our little children at Sakhikamva ECD; cold meat, yogurt, milk, eggs, sugar, Granola cereal, fish cakes, and vegetables were donated.

The same donation was given to our angel, who serves at a soup kitchen at a home-church. Her identity is to remain anonymous for security reasons. We ask that you continue to donate food, these amazing women do a sterling job in feeding so many children.

 

New home for deserving youngsters

So many thanks are in order for the assistance we received in helping these two young adults. From sad despair, they received their own beautiful little home through Olin Kiewietz of Change Agents SA.
Going forward, may your life ahead be safe and stress-free. This man is forever helping  RAM as much as we need hands. We are so glad we could help him at last.

Thank you for the awesome support to make this possible.

Computers for Montagu-Ashton Tourism Association

Thank you so so much Eugene Roderick Walker and Ikamva UBOMI for the 5 computers we delivered to Montagu-Ashton Tourism Association received by the manager, Mareletta Van Zyl Mundey

We also handed over keyboards, flutes, and a tambourine for their musical training of youth in Montagu. Thank you for receiving on our behalf Mareletta Van Zyl Mundey  the manager of Montagu Tourism. We would like to thank Herbert Bührer from Dare to Share, Johanna Kotze, and LHL for their wonderful donation towards the welfare of our youth.

Lingelihle Old Age Home in Ashton

Our elders at Lingelihle Old Age Home in Ashton receiving lovely warm clothing, knee blankets, yogurt, milk, apples, cold meat and Coca-Cola, as well as a new microwave!

Thank you angels, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, Full House Furniture, Johanna Kotze, Oakland Dairies, Dare to Share for making a difference.

Winelands SPCA

Thank you to an anonymous regular volunteer to RAM, who single-handedly got these donations with the greatest support.

We have 16 leads, 13 collars, 6 harnesses, 10 food bowls. That's a whopping 45 items - ONE person! Thank you so much for your love for our rural animals.

Thank you, Lionel's Choice Dog Food for the humongous donation of 459 kg dog food you gifted us. We are incredibly grateful to be part of this wonderful blessing to our animal shelter.

Thank you Mickayla Reeks for your school project, we invite you to join us again.

Fransie du Toit Primary trip to Cango Caves

Thank you Imagine Cruising SA & Imagine Holidays for transporting a farm school - Fransie du Toit Primary all the way from Montagu to Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn. Their lives have changed forever, for the better.

Thanks to Shoprite South Africa for the lovely Chicken Mayo sandwiches and bananas, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages for some cold drinks, and Oakland Dairies for some juice for our children.

The trip was followed by a lovely lunch. No need for words, the smiles, the loving eyes, their sincerity said it all. Were it not for your donations, they would not have experienced such a trip from outside their rural farm surrounds. Thank you for making extended and multiple contributions to make Mandela Day so special.


Youth Day June 2019

WA Rossouw Primary School Sick Room:

Youth Day gifting on the 17th of June 2019 in Montagu - hosted at W.A. Rossouw Primary School. Thank you to Principal Adams and staff for giving us the honor of putting smiles on the faces of the children.

We built and furnished a small sick room for a rural school in Montagu. Every sick child needs a safe place to recover, the distance to go home for these rural kids is vast - often walked by them on foot.

Our heartfelt thanks to Ragmat Baron who entered a Sasol competition on our behalf and won. We are so grateful to have been selected as their charity of choice. To add to the funds we received from Sasol,  John & Helen Cross from the UK donated to assist us in the building of the structure.

Thank you so much to all those who donated to ensure that our sick room was well equipped.

  • Flenter Hout Meubels for the custom made furniture : Head board, desk with drawers - with facility for FA Kit, full length mirror, chalk board.
  • Nicola - 2 small white guest towels.
  • Peninsula Beverages : First Aid Kit and Coca Cola.
  • Full House Furniture : brand new 3/4 bed & heater
  • Tasneem Peters : a comforter set
  • Sharon Hunlun : custom curtains & hot water bottle
  • Christy Haefele : Beating Heart SA
  • *Sick room:*
    • face cloths
    • 1x large towel
    • Pillow
    • 2x pillow cases (kiddy space themed)
    • Fitted sheet (kiddy space themed)
    • Fleece blanket
    • Large cuddly teddy and cuddly doggy.
    • Rhodes Quality foods : 1000 Small Juices, 1000 small jellies,
    • 100 x A3 Posters
  • *General*
    • 4 chess board sets
    • 76 soft toys/teddies
    • 20 large cars
    • 19 Large towels
    • 81 face cloths
    • 12 pairs of socks
    • 116 small toothpastes
    • 25 large toothpastes
    • 94 toothbrushes
    • 20 aqueous creams
    • 61 soaps
    • 11 scarves
    • 447 medium/large beanies
    • 95 small/baby beanies
    • 92 newborn/baby knitted sweaters
    • 13 medium finger-less gloves large towel

 

To Olin of Change Agents SA, as always very hands-on before, during and after the event.

 

 

 


RAM’s 8th Birthday Celebrations - May 2019

What better way to celebrate than through the gifting others

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Is395eHSyw

This day was one of those days that felt like a week in one day. So many lives changed and different things happening. New friends made. Thank you to Carol and Steve Bruton for months of planning and collecting and asking and receiving. Culminating in this fantastic day in Ashbury, Montagu. For RAM’s 8th birthday celebration. But actually, any excuse will do to arrange another day to spoil the people of rural Montagu.

So many people helped and donated and prayed and drove from far to make it all happen. We will add individuals and companies names here tomorrow.

Presenting of home to mother and son,and a joyous celebration with neighbours.

What an amazing day RAM - Rescue Among Many  had in Ashbury, Montagu on 25 May 2019. A deserving mother and her 12 year old son received the keys to their own little nutec home. It was a great surprise and the neighbours joined in welcoming them to the community.

Many thanks are in order to all those who assisted and donated towards the building and furnishing of the home.

To John and Helen Cross this project would not have been possible were it not for your generous donation to build this beautiful small nutec home.

To Ronel Syfert, and our friends from Full House Furniture who ensured  the home to be fully furnished . Their donation included 2 single beds and Restonic mattresses, a bright red fridge, microwave oven, an oven/stove combo, stainless steel kettle, bedding and much more.

To Evans Denhere, our trusty nutec home builder who is evermore accommodating and more than happy to travel at 3 A.M. to arrive at Montagu at 5 A.M. to start working. He and his crew are exceptional.

  • Janette Ramsay, for the TV, and other goods for our new home, as well as  a R 1000.00 cash donation.
  • Kurt Peters, for the quality extension lead and spotlight.
  • John Hamman & Kidz Adventure Camp NPC K2011/123308/08, for donating furniture and blankets.
  • Bern Buchweitz Dorfman for the goods and cutlery.
  • Olin Kiewits from Change Agents South Africa, for sorting out the paperwork for this home and arranging things on the ground.

Be a change in a person's life today, ensure a better world tomorrow. The beauty of this project - joining hands to uplift others.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JND3tAGHPfc&t=21s

Spasina's home-church

Our sincere thanks to the Pastor, for the inspiring words at the unveiling of the home-church in Seder Ave. The presence of the Lord was felt and we trust that many lives will be touched here.

To Spasina who opened up her home and granted the space for the nutec home to be built. Her little home-church received an enclosed veranda, as well as a make-over - we thank you.

Tears were flowing as Carol presented them with a very symbolic cross made of seashells. The red ribbon was cut and the cross graciously received.

Thank you to Martie of Roeptv.com who captured all the special moments on film.

RAM's birthday cocktails

Thank you to everyone that attended RAM’s birthday celebration, and for all the contributions and donations to ensure the success of the day. We shared so many special moments, the surprises flowed throughout the course of the day.


No more JanuWORRY - outreach January 2019

What a spectacular time we had! Serving folk who was so happy to receive something to eat or Toiletries to stay fresh and socks / undies for the children. Best Juices/Yogurts/Milk/Cheese, Cold meats, Coke, Sweets, Toys as most did not have a Christmas party this year.

Thank you to so many for assisting us in making a difference to our poorest folk in Montagu.

NO more JanuWORRY.

We are so taken a back at how much we received for our annual mid-January food parcel event.  Thank you Pick n Pay for this huge grand donation of 50 food bucket hampers. We are in total awe....
Thank you angel Hazel Levin for your wonderful love.

Thank you Shoprite South Africa for bread donation to go with our food parcels and serving nutritious delicious soup. Most appreciated you coming all the way from Cape Town. How blessed we were.

Thank you Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages for a whopping 60 x 1.5 litres of Coke. We are over the moon and very grateful for your assistance to RAM over many, many years. We appreciate you greatly.

Oakland Dairies thank you for the very best milk, cheese, yoghurt and juice ever!  Our Montagu poorest are getting such a wonderful gift. Thank you so so much. We are as always very appreciative and grateful.

Thank you Montagu Foods for donating 504 bottles tomato sauce. Most, most grateful. We used of our last bottles in our 100 Lt pot Spaghetti Bolognaise and it was delicious.
Thanks Sharon Hunlun for collecting. Appreciate you very much.

Thank you Desire October for your kindness in donating R500 towards our food parcels. We could pay for much needed fresh produce and vegetables, so much goodness for our rural poor!

Thanks to Alvin Oldale and company Signage Installation & Services for supplying not only our transport Friday but also supplying another vehicle and trailer Saturday with 2 staff members.

What a day with the greatest support.

Thanks goes to the team Ragmat Baron, Tasneem Peters, Kurt Peters, Mom Nasiba Baron , Renee Beck, Sharon Hunlun, Steve Bruton, and our 3 new Special Projects girls Jehaan, Safiyah & Nadheerah. Our mascots did a sterling job. They were in charge of the sweets/toys. Packing, stacking according to girls/boys. Tasneem assisted bringing complete order to the handing out. What a great experience for the 3 girls. Sharing is one of he most wholesome feelings in the world. Steve was so grateful to have Kurt's pair of helping hands.

Thank you also to Grace Church Thornton, Pastor Clifford Rutter & Peter Herring who arranged an awesome Carols by Candlelight Event in December 2018 to assist with getting donations and awareness of our January Food Drive. Thanks also to Thornton Community, Pinelands Community, ZABRA - AfreeBra initiative, Imagine Cruising SA

Even our toiletries came through in the end. Last minute bail out by Rainbow of Hope. Thank you also to angel Alison Alexander helping us with our toiletry parcels.

Happiness at WA Rossouw School in Montagu

Delivered much much needed shoes, stationery & socks. Extremely grateful staff and the governing body prayed over us. Thank you Toughees for the awesome, extremely good quality shoes.  Community Chest of the Western Cape for the hand soap dispensers and Johanna Kotze & LHL for the stationery.

New school year, brightly polished shoes. Thank you Herbert Bührer & Dare to Share

Children CD's to Juf Henda's special class. Love these children to bits. Thanks to Johanna Kotze & LHL

Our golden oldies Lingelihle old Age Home enjoying fruit bars donated by Rubi's Rainbow of Hope and yogurt and juice will be part of lunch today and for supper.

Thank you angels at Oakland Dairies, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, Pick n Pay, Old Mutual South Africa, Imagine Cruising SA, Imagine Holidays, Grace Church, Community Chest of the Western Cape, Oakland Dairies, Sexy Socks, Rubi's Rainbow of Hope, Johanna Kotze & LHL, Herbert Bührer & Dare to Share, Blxck. couture, Desire October, Renette Read, Rainbow of Hope, Signage Installation & Services, HOOP - Bok Radio Gemeenskaps Projek


SOS for food at ECD responded to!

We received an SOS call from one of the créches (ECD's) that we support in Montagu who needed food urgently in early January 2019. 103 children affected.
Message that we posted on our Facebook Page in January 2019: Anybody who can contribute towards food, please let us know. We are looking to leave on Thursday wee hours as a special trip. Delivery or cash donation will allow us to purchase. Chicken, veggies, tins or dry foods, fruit, potatoes, onions, sausage or any form of meats...anything will be of great help. TIA

UPDATE:

Tears of joy, heart rendering call just received from, Simon. The owner of Imagine Cruising UK, Imagine Cruising SA, Imagine Holidays has responded to our plight post.
We got a message that R20,000 had been paid over to our account for food purchases for thie ECD. We shall spread this over a period to ensure continued support.
Thank you ROBIN DELLER our true angel, always of great assistance in our times of need. This chair is so emotionally grateful right now, we cannot thank you enough. God knows our hearts and sends us angels to bless our rural poorest.
Wishing an abundance of blessings over this company who so lovingly supports us and for the huge positive impact made to our rural children and elders.

 

We are so incredibly blessed

More:- Thank you Shoprite South Africa for the emergency shopping voucher of R800 at the Montagu branch to cover today & tomorrow. God is awesome.

Foods delivered in Ashbury Montagu.
Area unfortunately dark for photos, but the tums will be happy. Thanks to angels coming on board for a sos call. The children of this ECD felt the joy through the principal's tears of relief. They knew there were happiness in the air.


Mandela Day 2018 - 4 days in the life of RAM

Off the beaten track, winding narrow roads leading into some of the poorest communities in the Western Cape. This is the rural areas of Montagu and Ashton. Unchartered areas, as here there are no tourist gimmicks or shops pulling people in. Only the poor reside here, not to be heard or seen by the fortunate few that has more on the other side of town.

Hidden away in the heart of the black community in Zolani, Ashton exists an old-age home providing care for the elderly. Our first stop as these elderly lies close to the heart of RAM founder Carol Bruton. As we enter the building we encounter many toothless smiles and exclamations of joy upon seeing Carol, knowing very well that this amazing lady never visits empty handed. An almost brand-new walker for one lucky resident, and some small treats were handed out and a packet of biscuits for some others. Such simple treats but one the residents can ill afford. Carol stops to greet every resident and knows them all by name. She delivers milk and polonie to the kitchen making sure they get an extra treat. I hang in the background taking photos but are eventually pulled in by the old people. They are convinced that our similar light hair-color means that I am Carol's daughter. I don't see the need to correct them. In a bit we'll be gone and it won't matter.

We stop off at the local SPCA once again dropping some peanut butter for the dogs and milk for the staff. I stop for a moment to cuddle the cat and nearly get left behind.

From the dusty streets of Ashton we proceed to Montagu where the next three days are an absolute whirlwind of activities. I am about 20 years younger than Carol and Stephen and I barely held my own. I can only stand in awe at how deftly Carol arranges, delegates and completes tasks getting people to help out, support, donate and more. Stephen is quietly in the background, the one that fetches, carries, packs the trailer, unpacks it again and again with not a word of complaint, always making sure that what is needed for every stop is there.

Upon entering Montagu we pay a quick visit to the Montagu Tourism Association and Carol surprised them with a nifty new coffee machine. Smiles all around! They confirm our accommodation graciously supplied by the owners of the beautiful John Montagu Guesthouse and we leave to get settled before the hard work begins. Or so I thought as Carol had other ideas and enroute to the guesthouse I am informed that we are delivering some much needed sugar and flour to Spasina who runs a church and soup kitchen from her humble and modest little house.

On Tuesday we are up early to visit the Talana Farm School, so remote there is no cellphone reception. I noticed yes!! The little ones smile shyly; not familiar with my face but gives a giggle when auntie Carol approaches them, happy to see her. Brand spanking new school shoes sponsored by Toughees for most of the children whom has none or whose school shoes are literally falling apart. Walking to and from school for kilometres every day, not knowing the luxury of being dropped in a fancy car, catching a bus or even a taxi. Often barefoot and not dressed properly for our bitterly cold winters. The sadness wants to overwhelm me. Coca-Cola is served with a packet of NickNacks and a plastic glass each to use at the school (NickNacks & glasses donated by Imagine Cruising SA) and the smiles emerges one by one. Carol also ensures that some of the most needy ones goes home to their families with a brand-new still in the wrapping blanket.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWjDUOoXABU

Wednesday Carol has us up and about and running around like crazy prepping for not only one BUT THREE big Mandela Day Celebration Functions.
We started off at the Sakhikamva ECD center where Dulcie and her staff have already made a huge fire to accommodate the biggest cooking pots belonging to RAM you have ever encountered. I’m sure I could fit one of my teenagers in it if I tried hard enough. The previous day we dropped off kilograms of meat, veggies, beans, samp and more for Dulcie and her team to cook a potjie for the needy people of the area. Food was being prepped, gazebos being erected, tables set up and by the time we left the food was underway and they continued setting up for our imminent return later that morning.

Our next stop, the beautifully maintained Ashbury Primary School where we are warmly greeted by their amazing principle. Where-ever we go I can see that they value Carol and Stephen and the good work they do, it warms my heart and I’m proud to be there with them. The kids are quickly lined up and shoes distributed amongst happy smiles when old broken shoes or non-school shoes are taken off and the new shoes proudly on their feet. To my astonishment we did not only hand out school shoes here, I remember Carol telling me something about their 1100 toiletries project but it must have slipped my mind, until I walked into Ashbury’s teacher lounge and saw hundreds of units of soap, toothpaste, sanitary pads for girls and more covering one humongous table! I wish I could describe in words the faces of the teachers and principal upon seeing this. I dare say the tears were not far off. The giving did not stop there as Carol still had a big bag of toys for the special needs children and we set off to hand it over. The joy of those kids seeing their beloved auntie Carol was so special, they tipped out the toys and immediately started playing. Such a small act but such a big blessing for these kids.

Returning to the ECD center there was now a huge group of people waiting for the speeches to begin and for the food to be distributed. Whilst we were gone Johnny from Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages and his team have set up some more tables for serving Coca-Cola with the food. A plate of food and a paper-cup filled with coke might not sound like much to the likes of you and I but trust me if I tell you, this meal was probably the first hot meal that many of these people have seen in a while. Poverty lies dank in these narrow sandy roads where the red dust covers everything when there is the slightest of breezes. Houses smaller than my kitchen and barely bigger than my bedroom oftentimes housing more than one family. I stand ashamed at my spoils of two bathrooms and running water, a toilet that can flush, a bath that I can fill. My luxury items taken for granted; a washing machine and tumble drier, a seemingly simple item like a microwave not to mention much needed items like warm blankets, a bed to sleep on, clothes to wear, shoes, toiletpaper in my bathroom, basic items that people do without.

I’ve entered a couple of these homes and stood humbled at the simplicity of their lives. The effort made to create a relatively comfortable, clean and here and there an attempt at home-decorating showing pride in the little that they own. Not complaining, in utter silence I took it in. Even now as I sit here writing this I know these images are forever burnt into my memory, to be taken out and dusted off whenever life gets “tough” I know these images will remind me that I am one of the lucky ones to have witnessed this so as to realise how much I have, not only me but by extension my family and friends and many others.

Our last stop on Wednesday was the grand finale - Carol having heard of a couple whose house was burnt down through an act of spite not only causing them to lose the little they owned but also losing a family member in the fire whilst witnessing the horrid scene. Carol did what Carol does best. She rallied the troops and started looking for funding to replace their wendy-house wanting to uplift this broken family and heal some of their hurt. She prayed, she cajoled, she asked on FB and by the time we traveled to Montagu this amazing woman has managed to not only provide a new home for this family of three but in the process many extras, an own bathroom and sink in the little house, two brand new Restonic 3/4 beds, a chest of drawers, a vanity with a mirror and even a brand spanking new fridge together with many bags of clothing, bedding and more for them to start anew. But here lies the most wonderful part. Carol did not only think of this family, she arranged a whole neighborhood party with Coca-Cola and boerewors rolls being handed out and some music for them to make merry. Celebrating the family’s new home Carol had us sharing out blankets to every family in the street around their house together with some fresh Oakland Dairy milk sachets, yogurt and cold meats.

Thursday saw us veering off the main roads once again traveling through the Koo valley towards Touwsrivier where we visited the Touwsrivier Primary School once again bearing gifts of socks, gloves, blankets, more school shoes and of-course some Coca-Cola for the children and teachers alike. Serving icy cold drinks to 750 children on an equally icy cold winters morning I can honestly say my hands have never been so cold! We left Touwsrivier Primary in high spirits but absolutely exhausted as Grumpy (Carol’s husband Stephen) turned the van in the direction of Cape Town on our way home. Exhilarated but glad the trip was coming to an end.

As I write this I get goosebumps. I can still see the happy faces, the festive atmospheres everywhere we stopped off to deliver some much needed goodies, at the handing over of the new house the happiness for the family who now had a new roof over their heads, everyone included in the celebrations of the good fortune of their neighbors. In communities like this when someone rejoices everyone rejoices and when someone has lost all has lost, the poverty is such. I returned to the guesthouse feeling guilty every night knowing that a warm plate of food, a glass of wine, a hot shower and a warm bed awaits me at the beautiful historic John Montagu Guesthouse whose kind owners so graciously accommodated us for the week.

Such was my experience this past week joining Carol and hubby Stephen on their journey to spread some joy and love for the Mandela Day cause. Not that they planned to only spend 67 minutes doing so. 67 minutes became 4 days spent away from home, planned months in advance. Four days of traveling from one needy group to the other serving them with love and integrity.

I wrote this account on the basis of my four days spent with them and apologise if I have left anything out or offended anyone in any way. In many aspects this was an emotionally and physically draining trip experiencing the hardships of those who have so much less than us and whom are oftentimes forgotten and left behind in the red tape of government and politics and our high unemployment numbers. Alternating between feeling good for the joy we brought and feeling guilty for not being able to do more and for being so fortunate to have so much more.

I am proud that I was able to accompany RAM Rescue Among Many in my personal capacity and as their bona-fide amateur photographer trying my utmost best to capture the behind the scenes and the emotions of this trip. I am also grateful that I can try and give them more exposure by sharing on social media and creating more awareness of the amazing work they do. Carol says RAM is very small but she’s wrong. Their heart and love for serving their community makes RAM big and it encourages others to get involved. Thank you for all you do. I salute you and I wish I could post each one of the 1000 photos of the trip.

Written by Karolien Maré de Kock of Mom's Directory SA App

 

SOME OF THE SUPPORTERS, SPONSORS AND COLLABORATORS OF THE ITEMS THAT RAM DISTRIBUTED:

We say thanks to God for the gift of grace, health and energy to orchestrate the behind scenes of putting together this spectacular celebrated Mandela Day, spreading God's love.

Transporting goods:
MSJ Logistics, Signage Installation & Services & Trips n Tracks
Montagu Tourism Association for arranging our accommodation.
John Montagu Guesthouse for the stunning accommodation supplied for the 4 days.
Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages for providing assistance and drinks

Event no 1 of 6 - Talana Primêre Skool
Receiving much needed shoes. Farm schools are always in need of everything. xx
Today we fitted cold and calloused feet and gave warm hugs. Thank you for looking after our farm schools. 67 pairs of shoes blessed needy feet. Thank you angels at Toughees
Thank you Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages for lovely glasses of Coke.
Thank you Old Mutual South Africa for the beautiful thick blankets. We handed out to most neediest children where 2 siblings per family can share. Many happy smiling faces at the surprise. Thanks for the treats and a plastic glass for each one of the children Imagine Cruising SA
Thanks Nadia & daughter Nuraan Diedericks, Carol Muller, Karolien Maré de Kock from Mom's Directory SA App & Steve Bruton travelling from CT for all your loving assistance.
Thanks to teachers. Hugs to the principal - we appreciate all the time you give after school is out.
3 more schools we identified to receive shoes. Blessings, thank you Toughees
Thank you each one making #MandelaDay so special.

Event no 2 of 6 - Fransie du Toit Primary farm school
Child each received a pair of brand new Toughees.What blessings we received from Bata Toughees. Shoeing 201 pairs of feet at various schools.

Event no 3 of 6 - at Ashbury Primêre Skool
Toiletry project 1100 was launched with a huge bang! Plus some extras.
Nolan Smith - a neighbor donating R2000.
Gervasio and Sylvia donating R4000.
Melissa and her team at Sanlam - 100 toothpaste, 100 toothbrushes, 100 face cloths, 100 bars of soap.
Moena Anthony for toiletry packs made up.
Pick n Pay & Hazel Levin for donating 100 toothpaste and 100 toothbrushes.
Writestart for lovely packs made up.
Alison Alexander of Rainbow of Hope for being so inspirational and assisting with this project.
Johanna Kotze for a large quantity panty-liners.
Thanks to Toughees for the donation of 67 pairs of school shoes. WOW blessings with all the gifts.
Carol Muller for transporting and assisting.

Event no 4 of 6 - at Mandela Square in Montagu.
A huge cook-off of beans curry & samp (Mandela's favourite food) to serve approx 500 which ended at approx 700 meals. Thanks Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages for the fantastic time we spent together as a great team alleviating poverty. We appreciate your donation of a whopping 10 chickens too. A collaboration with the most awesome staff digging in assisting with all tasks even from most senior ranks, assisting with cooking to serving and even an opening prayer together. Thank you, together with Sakhikamva ECD we came together as one. Serving our people and bringing joy to them. Loads of foods and drinks were enjoyed.

Thanks to Nadia & Nuraan Diedericks all the way from CT to help us serve our rural communities.
Thanks to Karolien Maré de Kock of Mom's Directory SA App also from CT assisting with our photography.
Carol Muller for transporting and assisting.
Thanks to Johanna Kotze for assistance with veggies and chicken.
Thank you Deta Silbert and hubby for the beautiful blankets to keep our little ones warm.

Event 5 of 6 - Wendy House
What a day of blessings for a family who lost their Wendy home and everything in it in a fire. On this day we were able to hand over a brand new Wendy House which sports a bathroom and a kitchen sink/cupboard.
Thanks to so many who made this hand over a great event by also supporting the poor neighbourhood immediate ward around them with eats, treats & blankets.
Firstly the persons responsible for the cash donations to purchasing the Wendy and other goods such as a starter pack groceries/toiletries etc.
John & Helen Cross for a donation of R15000 a big thank you.
Then later another R5,500 from Helen Cross - wow!
Bruce Stewart for a donation of R500 a big thank you.
Build it at discounted price and rep Ismail for getting the Wendy House built and delivered on time for our #MandelaDay handover.
Full House Furniture for a stunning donation of 2 x 3/4 beds and a beautiful huge fridge / freezer.
Restonic SA ensured the best possible sleep xx
Alvin Oldale of Signage Installation & Services for 2 Fire Extinguishers
Johanna Kotze thank you for the chest of drawers. A wonderful needed gift.
Michael Pikeur - DJ for the day, teacher from Ashbury Primêr
Old Mutual South Africa thank you for the beautiful thick blankets we were able to hand out to the needy folk.
Pres Les, Union Of Jewish Women Cape Town & Hazel Levin thank you for the stunning queen size blankets. Thick and warm. xx
Oakland Dairies & Rheinette Oakland for the best yogurts and milk to hand out to the surrounding supporting neighbors who are all in desperate need.
Herbert Bührer & Dare to Share thank you for the precious Polonies we handed out.
Carol Muller for transporting and assisting.
Mom's Directory SA App Karolien Maré de Kock for taking 4 days away from your business to ensure we have photographs. We appreciate your time with us. You are qualified to be a Ramer!

Event no 6 of 6 - Touws Rivier Primary
750 pupils... sharing coke, socks, blankets, gloves, towels, shoes etc. What a #MandelaDay festivities we had. A bumper year in honor of 100 yrs.
Thanks goes to Pres Les, Union Of Jewish Women Cape Town & Hazel Levin for blankets.
Herbert Bührer & Dare to Share for 200 pairs of socks, Robyn Lisa Clifton for beautiful cotton gloves, Toughees for awesome school shoes and Old Mutual South Africa for warm thick blankets.

#MandelaDay, #Mandela100, #Mandela67


January 2018 Event - shoes and food blessings and more...

Our mid January month delivery is proving to be powered by blessings. January is known as the month with 45 days, as our rural folk struggle to survive after Christmas.

As we prepare to deliver school shoes & food parcels, this day has turned into so much more as we receive donations and blessings are pouring in.

This event preps started a few months ago collecting goods & particularly busy the last few weeks. God favoured this event as blessings kept flowing. We are so proud of our day. So many thanks. So many folks who showered us with love. Thank you all xxx

We extended an invitation to everyone to join us on this wonderful day initially commissioned by Sal’s Shoes UK.

Event was 19 January 2018 at Ashbury Primary School, Eike Avenue (Eikelaan) Sports grounds.

Download the poster for our event and help spread the word!

 

The School where all this will take place: Ashbury Primêr/Primary
Thanks to principal Johnnie Pekeur, Vice-Principal Mrs Takeloo, teachers & staff of Ashbury Primary for opening your hearts and doors for your children to receive our donors' gifts. For all the teachers /staff who are dedicating their time to work alongside us ensuring the day is one of huge blessings for our kids.

What a wonderful day! Pastor Steven and principal Pekeur handing out our food parcels to neediest identified parents. How heartwarming.

We list the donors so far and shall update as we go.

Shoes:
Sal's Shoes UK - flew all the way from London to Cape Town in excess of 100 pairs of shoes. Mainly school plus other casuals. They are also sending a Film Crew from Cape Town to Montagu to document our day of handovers. Thank you CJ for walking alongside RAM the last few years. You are awesome and know how much your shoes have meant looking back.

What a day of gratitude Sal's Shoes! Thank you for flying down so many pairs of shoes from the UK xx  Thanks to the Film Crew commissioned by Sal's Shoes UK - Andre & Timothy. Can't wait to see the finished video of our event.

 

Rubi's Rainbow of Hope - Donating in excess of 80 pairs of new Buccaneers and loads of shoes from Rondebosch Boys High plus a great amount of school shirts, shorts & trousers. In addition Rubi donated dozens of pairs of new school socks, school shirts and jerseys. Plus so much more. WOW. Thank you as always for assisting even before we can mention what we need.

What angels! Thank you Janene and Rubi for attending our event and putting in the hard work with us !! As chair it was difficult to stick to one area as I had to be all over the show, but once I saw you & Rubi in action...I knew it will be ok. Thank you for all those school and casual socks too, the kids were in heaven to receive a pair.

 

Toughees - Thank you for the boxed 67 pairs of School shoes as per our sizes request. Very very excited.

 

J.G Meiring High School- 113 pairs of shoes. What a stunning surprise they gave us. WOW, thanks Carol Muller for arranging.

 

Barksole - Collecting pre-loved shoes handed in by angels. We shall hand out what we have to the poor in the surrounds. Thanks Rod for bringing it to your head office for ease of collection for us.

 

Other HUGE blessings:

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages - donating their awesome Truck with Stage & Sound System. WOW what a gift. And on the day donating another 1500 tins of Coke that was distributed to the needy.

 

Oakland Dairies Rheinette Oakland - donating 200Lts of the finest fresh milk. We shall be handing out together with our food parcels.
How can we thank you for travelling from Cape Town bringing hundreds of yogurts and donating 200lts of milk with a bigger commitment of instead of 100lts per month to a WHOPPING 300lts per month..and a talk between us to follow. God is good.

 

Shoprite South Africa - Sending a soup truck with 3 staff members from Cape Town to Montagu to serve 1000 cups of soup and 1000 sandwiches. WOW what a huge blessings as we normally have to cook ourselves every year plus transporting which is difficult. This is a time where most rural folk do not have any food and already desperate. You are such a blessings & know we appreciate this support greatly. Also donated other food items for our food parcels that we needed.
These wonderful angels from Shoprite serving soup and bread to approx 1300 children and parents. We tried to help but nope they had all in hand.  Thank you Shoprite South Africa we are super grateful to you. We are so proud that you were part of our day serving our poor rural children. Thanks to Tamsyn for also joining us at the event.

 

Imagine Cruising SA, Imagine Cruising UK, Imagine Holidays- still busy sorting out logistics and will hopefully be able to join us on the day. Your support is as always breathtaking and you played a huge role in the future of the children at this school with 10 new laptops and more. Thanks for all your support and contributions to make this day a success.

 

Montagu-Ashton Tourism Association - will attend to take photographs & write an article to be published. So grateful as always for your assistance.

 

MSTERIO.org New York - We are hoping the dolls will arrive in time for our event to comfort our little hearts who have very little. See the little excited face in the picture as shown of your last donation. Super excited.

 

The Westin, Cape Town - Donated loads of bedding which we will distribute to the needy parents of Ashbury Primary. Also donated towels that will go to Winelands SPCA Ashton, they are always in need of this and are very thankful.

 

Nathan Lodewyk and Ashwin - From Crazy Hip Squad - artists who will be writing & performing a RAM Rap song in appreciation of Ram's loyal supporters. A copy of the CD will be handed to each.
A first for RAM to have a dedicated song written for our donors. WE cannot thank you enough Nathan & Ashwin. Thanks to Johnny - Coca Cola for the suggestion and Carol Muller for connecting us to the artist.

Thanks to Jonathan for this video recording of our song taken with his Cellphone...not bad! Just the beginning part of the song the wind swept our sound awayand also wind damage to two banners. No matter the studio recorded CDs will be available soon.

https://www.facebook.com/RAM.NPO/videos/1802733759758432/

 

Alvin Oldale of Signage Installation & Services for donating much needed food for our food parcels, as well as 2 delivery vehicles fully fueled for all the shoes & goods to be delivered to the school. There is a possibility of a trailer too depending on donations.

 

Trips and Tracks South Africa - Jonathan & Carol Muller who also assisted us on the day. Thank you as always for your awesome support. Not only in transport but in assistance.

 

Community Chest - Thanks to Titania, Lynette & Yumna who joined us on the day, and for all the assistance and donations.

 

Rainbow of Hope - Alison Alexander - So just when we thought the much needed toiletries wasn't going to be part of this year's annual food and toiletry parcels, this angel surprises us last minute with a huge donation. Passing on what they have received abundance of, to the next person in need. Rural folks are blessed to have you as our friend.

 

Robyn Lisa Clifton, The Cape Town Toiletry Company & The Factory Outlet thank you for the beautiful gloves & handy pockets. Our final distribution will be done at the school. We made many NPO's happy. Thank you.

 

Peter Herring & Pastor Clifford Rutter - For arranging a get together at Grace Church in Thornton in December 2017. What a wonderful turnout  and enjoyed this event very much. Singing Christmas Carols & spreading joy.
Thanks for bringing friends, family, neighbors along for a beautiful evening. Let's join hands for these rural poor in the spirit of Christmas to allow us to bring an item or so of dried foods to make up food parcels. Thank you Pastor for making the venue available & your guidance too. WOW we are so blessed.

 

Mindfield Design for the design of the Posters and marketing material and updating the website with photos and projects as we go. Always going the extra mile to market RAM and our events.

 

Thanks to their parents, 2 of our Shoe Mascots will be attending and proudly be handing over shoes to our children. Our singing sensation Jinelle will be rocking you with a song or two and hopefully mom Michelle Louw will do so too. Then there's the singing dad Duncan and Michelle Hennessey, Riley's dad ...who also attended.

Our 2 mascots did a sterling job today! Jinelle became the famous singer. Everyone wanted a part of her. She is so loving and now a popular part of the school. Riley worked his charm and everyone loved him including his new best friend Rubi. Thank you to our 2 mascots for serving the community. Someday you can look back at these photos and know you made a difference. Proud of you.

 

We take this moment to thank GOD for giving us all the donors above & their gifts to make this a day of blessing in the lives of our rural poor. Children who will have shoes, mothers and elderly who will have a cup of soup and a sandwich & hopefully with enough foods to make up parcels. Volunteers and guests will walk away feeling richer knowing we made a difference.

 

Thank you Montagu Country Hotel
After months & especially the last few weeks of preparation to serve this rural school with hundreds of pairs of shoes, soup/bread, 1500 tins of Coke & loads more, Steve Bruton our stalwart, a real hero and man of steel could not drive our Vito bus back to CT due to ankle pain.
Thanks to this most awesome hotel for this beautiful accommodation & breakfast ...gifted to us.
We are eternally grateful Montagu Country Hotel.

 

Photo credits: 
Brenda Nicolene Davids-Strydom
Janene Levy Nates
Faith Johnson
Jonathan Muller
Sal’s Shoes
Carol Bruton


Santa function for Lingelihle Old Age Home in Zolani, Ashton

Christmas Spoils at Lingelihle Old Age Home in Zolani, Ashton - December 2017

As always we had a good time with our elders. They ask for so little and give so much warmth back to us.

 

Thanks to all listed for making this day a memorable one.

 

To:- Imagine Cruising SA Imagine Holidays & Staff for the meals & Cupcakes
To:- Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages for Coke
To:- SARS Bellville Call Centre staff and friends for all the ShoeBox gifts. As she has always done, we thank Benitha de Gouveia for collating these with precision AND given the recipient list was very very last minute. You are all great!!
To:- Shoprite South Africa for donating a blanket to each elder. xx
To:- Oakland Dairies for delicious fresh milk to drink.
To:- Signage Installation & Services for the transport, refrigeration & inverters to keep foods etc at correct temperature.
To:- Nandi the Social Worker who had some fun with us. Thank you for coming in on a Saturday. You are a stunning women.
To:- The staff of this old age home - as always we thank you for all assisting and making our events so great!

 

Thanks also to Ram'ers Carol Muller, Steve Bruton & Stirling Williams for assisting.
Blessings in abundance.