On the 30th of January 2016, the Daniel and Friends Fund celebrated two years of a journey so incredible, few could have anticipated it. Having started with barely 20 families on our register, to 70 families a mere twenty-four months later, provides the ultimate testimony as to the profound role the Fund plays in the special needs community.
The last year especially has seen not only the realisation of a dream...our special needs community growing stronger and more intimate indeed...but has also seen our moms flourish as individuals, as the support, encouragement and inspiration they draw from their fellow DFF moms lends them the confidence and courage to follow their dreams and aspirations, often dreams and aspirations born from having a child who is differently-abled.
Despite the previous twelve months having seemed somewhat packed with all sorts of wonderful events like our super-successful Gatsby-themed Ladies Tea, the group physiotherapy session, an inspirational talk on maintaining a healthy marriage when parenting a differently-abled child, our first-ever sibling day at Grand West, art-jamming, the fantastic CPR Course presented by Michelle Phillips of Synchronize Systems which was an open, community-based event offered at an outrageous 80% discount, several costume-yielding charity walks, our first three house-markets and and...the upcoming year promises to be even more spectacular!
With firm favourites making it onto this year's program as well...art-jamming, CPR Courses, Sibling Day, our annual Ladies' Tea, children's theatre productions and even more fun-walks...we are beyond excited to be able to add a few new and amazing events. Kicking our community-based events up a notch, we are thrilled to have added a First Aid Course, Anti-hijacking Course and Basic Self-defence Course to our calendar. A "Mom Care" Course has also been added which will be focused on instructing moms how to limit physical strain and injury to their bodies while caring for their disabled child and this will be beautifully complimented by a fun-filled, yet professional session on how to incorporate a brief but effective exercise regime into the daily routine of our busy time-restrained moms. We will be working hand-in-hand with another wonderful charity organisation called I Am Special Ministries to host the first ever "Touching The Heart" Gala event which will take place on the 16th June at the picturesque Val de Vie Estate and will see local celebrities, like Hannes van Wyk from the popular tv show Kwela as MC for the evening, offering their time and commitment to ensuring the event will be a mind-blowing success.
The one project which stands out for us this year is without a doubt our first-ever Legacy Project called "Something In A Box" which takes place on the 28th May and will become an annual, major fundraising event based on the popular tv gameshow "Minute To Win It".
Fill in the gaps with a number of Awareness Day get-togethers, a family paintballing afternoon, picnics, the introduction of our school awareness program, a lovely Spring Dance and one or two items more and you have the makings of our most awesome year yet!