One of the most challenging, if not the most unwelcome, issues a family will deal with when having a child with special needs is the matter of financial exhaustion. Without doubt there are some families whose financial circumstances allows them the comfort of being able to easily absorb the additional and unexpected expenses which come in the form of intervention therapies, specialised nutrition, multiple doctor appointments, appropriate schooling/daycare, specialised equipment (wheelchairs, ventilators, etc)...to name but a few. But for most families, simply being able to carry these additional expenses within stride is not a possibility. Often, depending on the child's condition/s and individual needs, finding a suitable school/care facility is also not a possibility which brings with it yet another hurdle...additional costs on top of a decreased income.
For this reason, many moms of kiddo's with special needs have to create a means by which to supplement an already strained income and, more often than not, one which they are able to manage around caring for their child fulltime. The Daniel and Friends Fund Moms are, in particular, an incredibly creative and innovative group of ladies, each marketing their products individually through their chosen avenue...until an idea was born...a joint marketing platform which not only provides the opportunity for networking across our group of enthusiastic entrepreneurs, but also an opportunity for the community to come and get involved in a mutually-beneficial, informal setting. And so, with the help of some hugely-appreciated generosity from Christa Agenbag of the I-Learn Therapy Centre in Durbanville (who allowed us to use their beautiful garden, free of charge) we co-ordinated our very first Daniel and Friends Fund Housemarket!
Being our first Housemarket, expectations were conservative...but before we knew it, the garden was humming and filled with animated chatter about all sorts of things...exciting introductions, shared stories and, of course, the beautiful goodies on offering...
The beautiful, sunny morning despite Cape Town being
smack-bang in the middle of Winter, definitely contributed
to the festive atmosphere
Our market is an open opportunity for anyone wanting
to market their products (although we do try not to
An impromptu photo booth proved wonderfully popular
An encouraging sight...securing the plan for another
housemarket some time in the near future
Moms Janet and Willa making sure our tummies
were not neglected in any way
Hanno Fourie enjoying one of Janet's delicious Fru Fru cupcakes!
The jovial mood had everyone in high spirits
Mom Justine grabbing a photo op, delish coffee in hand
Our Donate-A-Bear corner
And of course, how could we miss out on the photo booth xxx
We are planning our next Housemarket for the 26th September...please keep a close watch on our Facebook page for details.