We were recently approached by an organisation called For They’ll Move Mountains, one dedicated to the care and support of abandoned babies and children. They aim to raise awareness of child and baby abandonment in South Africa and raise the profile of other organisations doing the same, to “lend a helping hand” by getting donations to those in need, and to teach – to “understand and enlighten others” – about the reasons and truths behind child and baby abandonment.
All too often, our instinctual reaction when we hear of child or baby abandonment is one of aberration and disgust. But let’s take a moment to really think about it. As a mother, consider the sheer desperation you must be feeling to even consider abandoning your child. As a parent, think about the pain of actually walking away from that tiny human who you know to be completely dependent on you and your love. Consider what a person’s mind must go through to bring them to that point. And now, re-examine your initial, instinctual reaction.
When Annelize contacted me on Instagram to ask us to please consider helping them, my first thought was, “but what can we do?” But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that we can do a lot. We have a network in the thousands – we have followers, subscribers, friends, family, contacts at organisations with other, larger networks – of course there is something we can do. I believe that everyone needs a purpose, all organisations, forums and foundations need to support something other than (and in many cases, bigger than) themselves. Which is why, we’ve decided that For They’ll Move Mountains will be our official charity – for want of a better word. Any collections or donations we receive will be earmarked for this worthy organisation.
How you can help
For They’ll Move Mountains is doing a donation run for the end of August to donate items to four safe houses around Gauteng and in Cape Town (if possible, for more areas in South Africa as well). If you would like to get involved and support this worthy cause, here are some ways you can make a difference:
- For the staff (Annelize has included some context about why the staff are listed)
- Pamper items
- Pretty Packaging
- For the babies/kids
- Healthy kids’ snacks
- Nappies – disposable/cloth
- Play equipment
- Cleaning out your closet, spareroom or garage? Why not donate your unwanted jumble?
- These funds will be used to buy any of the above mentioned items which have not been donated or not enough of received
- Money can be donated via EFT – please email email@example.com for details
Drop-off points can be arrange in any of the following areas:
- Randpark Ridge and surrounds
- Alberton and surrounds
- Sandton and surrounds
- Or you can get it to us and we’ll get in touch with Annelize to arrange a drop off
- Cape Town
- Courier can be arranged to pick up in any other areas at an additional fee
If you have anything to donate, please contact Annelize by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also Like their page on Facebook and follow them on Instagram to keep up to date with the latest needs and activities.
In the spirit of Mandela Day, and in remembrance of Tata Madiba, please think about how you can get involved and support this worthy cause.