Yesterday was both heartwarming and life-changing for so many children at “Lonwabo Special Care Centre'”in Mfuleni township. I spent the morning there photographing a charity event run by Starting Chance charity, a non-profit organization, along with trustee Belinda Inglis, in which 7 Freedom Walkers were gifted to the children of this amazing school.
”For these children, it was their Starting Chance to taking their first steps to a new life.” The freedom walker enables children with disabilities, the independence to ‘roam their world freely’.
Derek Boshard built the 1st mobility device for his special needs daughter, after buying one proved to be too pricey. He has since been making them for other parents whose children need them too.
Thanks to Derek and the amazing sponsors and supporters for their generosity. Sponsors included Brett & Casey from Securicom, Bonga Scarra Ntubeni representing Garin Walker and the guys from the supper club, Spur Steak Ranches, Aquarius Screen Printing and The Hussar Grill who were all there at the event.
TV reporter, Tanya Nefdt was there from eNCA news to cover the heartwarming story. Click HERE to see the live report.
Starting Chance charity are making a difference in so many lives of those less fortunate. Their vision for 2020 is to uplift the school facilities in the Mfuleni township, and construction is due to start soon. The new facility will enable an increase from 35 to 60 children requiring special care. If you would like to give a child a ‘starting chance’ please click HERE.
On vacation in South Africa? For every vacation photo shoot booked, a % will be donated to Starting Chance.
Above: Derek Boshard with the freedom walkers he made.
Above: The generous sponsors from Hussar Grill, Spur Steak Ranches, Securicom, and The Supper Club.
Above: Ali Corbett & Belinda Inglis
Above: The first time one of the pupils gets to experience a freedom walker! What a moment!
Above: The crew from ENCA news
Above: Belinda Inglis on the board of trustees, and Scarra Ntubeni, South African rugby player.
Above: One happy Mother seeing her daughter walk for the first time!
Above: The wonderful teachers at Lonwabo Special Care Day Centre