Preparations and planning for our only-ever second Housemarket went about with more excitement and anticipation than our first market I daresay. Having some insight into the great quality products being sold and the surprisingly festive ambience present previously, we looked forward to a morning of more of the same.
And then the weather happened...cold, windy and scattered with just enough drizzle at regular intervals to keep you guessing when would be a good time to run for cover. Despite the dreary weather though, there was a steady flow of folks through the garden...enjoying the most delicious homemade pies, tummy-warming pancakes and lovely boerie rolls. The Sand Art stall was a huge hit and provided the perfect entertainment for kids, giving moms and dads some time to linger.
And then, of course, bringing a sparkle and a warmth to the morning all her own, was this little Gem...Jordyn McKenzie...reigning Miss Teen Hope 2015. After spending a great deal of time in hospital, battling two separate medical conditions, Jordyn developed a passion for colouring the lives of children less fortunate than herself, with hope and encouragement to dream!
After a lengthy hospital stay a few years ago during which Jordyn received treatment for both ITP (a chronic low blood platelet condition) and Type 1 Diabetes, "the sadness in the childrens' eyes" inspired her to start the Heart of Dreams Project. Reaching out to children in orphanages, informal settlements, farm schools and hospitals (such as Red Cross Children's Hospital), Jordyn teaches the children wire art and beading. Each piece forms the shape of a heart and each bead is placed on the heart representing a dream, accompanied by a prayer. "We put our hearts between our praying hands and thank the Lord for all our blessings and what he has done for us this far, as well as all the dreams that will come true".
Jordyn regularly delivers heart-shaped beads to children with special needs as they cannot do the bragging themselves and then goes home happy, revelling in her rewards..."WARM SMILES".
As you read this, Jordyn is brainstorming countless ideas and exciting new elements to bring to our Christmas Market at the beginning of December. This young lady's compassion, dedication and inspiring faith will leave you so completely in awe...spend mere minutes in this 14yr old's company and only then will you appreciate my sentiment and Daniel and Friends Fund's excitement about an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with her xxx