Dear Friends & Supporters of the Zimbabwe Pensioner Support Fund,
The Easter / April 2017 trip has come to an end and was from what I hear was once again gratefully received with things becoming more difficult in Zimbabwe with each passing day. There is literally no cash flow at all in Zimbabwe. This is making things incredibly difficult for our already desperate “Golden Oldies” still in Zimbabwe who would literally not survive at this stage without your support. You can be the difference in their lives. Our “Golden Oldies” are depending on all of us. We have also run out of Wheelchairs, walking Aids and Crutches so please if you can help us with any of these items we would greatly appreciate it. It is only by the Grace of God that many of these people are able to even remain as “inmates” in some of the homes we visit. There are real good Samaritans who are paying the rent for a lot of these dear folk and by their own admittance, they would not survive without the donations of food and goods you wonderful people of South Africa are giving to them. God Bless You All.
Our Malelane warehouse was broken into 11.04.2017 (Tuesday evening) and our laptops and various other items were stolen as well as some petty cash. (Still waiting on our Insurance to come and asses) So as you can imagine all emails and so on have been lost. Thankfully most of my data was backed up about 10 days prior to this and my hard drive was safe at the house. So between this and all the Public Holidays in April (Not that I am Complaining) things have been somewhat delayed. I should hopefully be receiving and sending out the April trip report shortly.
Some Stories form Recent Trips -
“Yesterday was Monday and a very blue one at that as we are in our third day without electricity and water and were all down in the dumps when a little whisper started. “M....s” came around and told us that the ZPSF crew were on their way with the truck. What wonderful therapy, it got us all going, tidying up and getting finished with lunch. I felt like running up to the truck and cheering but decided that it was rather unseemly for an old bird of 76 to run around like a 17 year old, but heck, I felt like one! If it were not for those” angels” we would surely starve. I am deeply touched and thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
It is really tragic to arrive at our destinations two weeks late to find folk who have run out of food, and to “run” as well as a pensioner can run, ran up to me, hugged me in tears to say, “we ran out of food 2,3 and 4 days ago, thank you for caring about us”. Yes folks, I don’t make this up. These dear people are like you and I, sadly too proud to let their neighbours know their plight because many are in the same boat. I now see that these delays were just a taste of what was ahead for us.
In Rusape they found a man, Mr “….” of Resthaven Cottages who had medication sent to him from SA, by insured, registered post and all he received was an opened, unsealed empty parcel. The man is in desperate need of these medicines and yet someone has the audacity to remove it. This is not an isolated instance, it happens all the time he says. Another man, was sharing with Hannes with tears in his eyes, that he had lost everything, he has nothing now and at times he doesn’t know where his next meal would come from. He was shot, lost his wife, his farm, his petrol stations and all he has to live for is himself. He was given a box of food and the look of gratitude and awe on his face makes all that we are doing worthwhile.
Over the past year we have lost many of our Golden Oldies and have had very sore hearts at the best of times. But we have shared many smiles and tears with our Golden Oldies and this has made what we do even more special to us. The reason the Fund came about was when Hannes received a call from a friend in Zimbabwe and her mother yelled in the background “Tell Hannes we are living on potatoes”. This was 15 years ago. Joyce Boshoff passed away on the 27th November 2012 and is still sorely missed. But thanks to her so many other pensioners are able to benefit from what we do.
We are constantly on the lookout for volunteers to travel with us, get the hands on experience, grind the mill and get excited enough to promote our efforts. It is not good to travel these distances alone but the need is greater than the risk. Please avail yourselves and come along. It’s not a picnic or a holiday but you do have fun. We are also in desperate need of volunteer drivers for the trucks. Need a Code 14 license and valid PDP.
We welcome anyone who wishes to come and see our warehouse in Malelane and what we do.
Please if I can once again ask who requires Section 18A Tax Certificates (South Africa for March 2016-FEB 2017) as I am finally set up to start issuing them.
Please Note for a Tax Certificate I require the following:
This just makes sure we are 100% in line with SARS.
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If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Every time we remember to say "thank you", we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.
~Sarah Ban Breathnach
The 3 most important pillars of our cause:
UNIQUENESS - being one of a kind and knowing that the ZPSF is driven by good will and very passionate members.
TRANSPARENCY - enforcing the rule that all members must be fully informed before taking part in this noble venture.
ACCOUNTABILITY - Having a traceable paper trail for every cent handled, and regular revues conducted.
Director - Fund Raising & Awareness for the Zimbabwe Pensioner Support Fund
(C) 079 6082676 (T) 013 7900934
Fax to Email - 086 267 8499
Section 21 Co Reg. 2007/034036/08; NPO Number 096733; Section 18A PBO No 930031642
Alone we can do so little, together we can achieve much more!!!!
Director: Hannes Botha