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The Style Bible is an easy to read style guide for women - by Simon Rademan - available in bookstoresWhether it is “a new year”, “the first day of a new month", or:  "the first day of the rest of your life",    it is often time for a new wardrobe!

This necessary, but now somewhat 'boring', subject of “wardrobe planning” comes to mind and If you browse this website, you will find many tips on "how to ...".   If you’d like the personal touch, we are always here to help (contact us).   BUT … should you find yourself in a cramped, cooped up position, with just 'too much' in your wardrobe and nothing to wear, we have a liberating new answer!  We asked Mr Rademan to simplify your “whereto-now?” days.  His suggestion was simply:  “Make them “give-away” days!”

 

Wardrobe planning done the "Giveaway" way!

  • I have often said:  start simplifying your wardrobe by separating what you still wear, from what you do not wear.

  • I often advise on how the items you do not wear, can be made new and worn again!

  • But,… I never advise on how to throw away.  Well, today I will...

In the exciting spirit of “giving away” in stead of  “throwing away”, I have asked some extraordinary people whom I trust and who I look up to, to share valuable information on who they give to… when they give away… 

Corine du Toit  /  Martie Pansegrouw  /  Liezel van der Westhuizen  /  Amanda de Waal  /  Zelda la Grange  /   Zantie Swanepoel

 

Corine du Toit 

 

 

  Puppy Haven

 

Your career:    Actress

Favourite charity’s name?:    Puppy Haven

What do they do?    They rescue sick, abandoned and abused animals and sterilize animals in township etc. to avoid more unwanted animals.

What do they need?    Old clothes for men, women and children that can be used to help in their rescue effort. They build relationships in the townships with these goods. The people are more likely to either surrender unwanted animals or allow the animals to be sterilized when they like and trust them.

Why is this your charity?    I have a passion for animals and Puppy Haven is doing a great job of helping animals that are in distress and educating communities about animal welfare, while providing goods to the people as well. Puppy Haven also have a no euthanasia policy unlike other animal shelters.

Where can they be contacted?

  • Address:    34 Riverside Road, Bramely North
  • Tel:   011 440 2404
  • E-mail:    www.puppyhaven.co.za
  • ... just one of an uncountable number of charities that can benefit from your help...! 

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Martie Pansegrouw 

 

  MES

Career:    Editor rooi rose magazine

Favourite charity’s name?:    A non-profit organisation called Metro Evangelical Services/ Middestad Evangelisasie also known as MES

What do they do?    They work with each and everyone in the Inner City of Johannesburg who needs help in any way: offering physical, psychological and spiritual relief to those who are living on the edges of society, the down-and-outs, street children and any lost souls in need of succour.  Their approach is holistic and they have been around since 1986. They really get involved in people's lives, nothing is too hard, too dangerous or too dirty. They exclude no-one and they rally up support from everyone. They have amazing stories to tell. 

What do they need?    They need everything, and everything is directed to the people in need. Nothing goes to waste. They are extremely well organised.

Why is this your charity?    I admire them for the passion with which they apply themselves, the selfless action that they have been expending for so many years, and that they have never lost their drive or their focus. Furthermore, there are no big overheads, no impressive offices, no rich officials, just real people with a real concern for humanity and the will to restore dignity to people who have lost the will to try. By supporting them I know that my contribution goes directly to those that most need it, and that there is no-one who needs it more than the people they work with.

Where can they be contacted?

  • Address:    Their offices are in Hillbrow. Contact details: Private bag X33, Hillbrow, 2038.
  • Tel:  cell 083 283 2199    tel 011 725 6531    fax 086 604 1199
  • E-mail:    Web page: www.mes.org.za    Lauren Meyer lauren.@mes.org.za
  • ... just one of an uncountable number of charities that can benefit from your help...! 

 

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Liezel van der Westhuizen 

 

  Abraham Kriel Children's Home

Your career:    TV & RADIO PRESENTER

Favourite charity’s name?:    ABRAHAM KRIEL CHILDRENS HOME

What do they do?    They ensure the optimal development for traumatized and other children in need of care.

What do they need?     Clothes and shoes for the children

Why is this your charity?    I admire the work they do by making a difference in the lives of the children who’ve been affected by various family trauma, abuse. They’ve also had a successful history starting out in 1902

Where can they be contacted?

  • Address:    Corner Marais and Kamp Streets;Paarlshoop; Langlaagte, JHB
  • Tel:    +27 11 839-3058 
  • E-mail:    av@abrahamkriel.org
  • ... just one of an uncountable number of charities that can benefit from your help...! 

 

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Amanda de Waal 

 

  Caritas Refugee Program

Career:    International glamour model and photographer - Greece

Favourite charity’s name?:    "Caritas Athens Refugee Program".

What do they do?    It is the Greek branch of an international charity organisation of the Catholic Church. It runs a small school for dozens of migrant and refugee children in Athens. It daily feeds several hundred needy, manly migrants and asylum-seekers.

What do they need?    They need clothes and food to families facing diffficulites. Food donations (Lentils, beans, milk, sugar, and oil are very important things to us) and are always welcome.

Why is this your charity?    I am also a mother of an fantastic 8 year old boy..and proud to say..damn good at it! THAT would be my no.1 job!

Where can they be contacted?

  • Address:    52 Kapodistrious STreet, AThens. Greece.
  • Tel:    0030 210 524 7879.
  • E-mail:
  • ... just one of an uncountable number of charities that can benefit from your help...! 

 

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Zelda la Grange 

 

  46664

Your career:    Executive Assistant & Spokesperson: Nelson Mandela

Favourite charity’s name?:    46664

What do they do?    They teach people about the prevention of HIV/Aids, especially the youth. There may not be a cure for Aids yet but it CAN be prevented and rather than seeing millions of people dying, why don’t we all do something to try and prevent the disease from spreading. So much money is being spent on ARVs and treatment, yet it can be PREVENTED. 46664 has a industrial theatre production that tours around the country to schools and institutions to teach young people about the prevention of the disease.  The actors are also trained to be counselors to deal with any issues arising from the presentation. The response from the young people has been extraordinary and these actors have saved thousands of lives thus far.  

What do they need?    Money to train more actors to reproduce the industrial theatre piece so that they can tour schools faster and take the production also into Africa.  Every day counts! They also need vehicles to transport actors, sponsorship for flights/transport/accommodation for the actors etc.

Why is this your charity? Firstly, obviously because I also do work for the charity and it was established by my boss. 46664 is wholly owned by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.  Secondly because I have seen many people die of Aids, yet, it is something that can be prevented so easily. It is a disease that doesn’t discriminate and because you are white, doesn’t mean that you are immune.  It could happen to me any day, and to my family and friends and I am therefore passionate to ensure that it doesn’t.  It is a disease that rids you from dignity and no human or living creature deserves to die without dignity.  You don’t need to go to the doctor, travel far distances or go through much trouble to get immunization for Aids. In fact, you cannot be immunized for Aids right now. All you have to do is either use a condom, or practice safe sex or abstain. How difficult can it then be to make a difference in bringing down the prevalence rate? We can make a difference and as Mr Mandela said during his 90th birthday: “It is in your hands”.  That included you and me!

Where can they be contacted?

  • Address:    Private Bag X70 000, Houghton, 2041
  • Tel:    011 728 1000
  • E-mail:    Chantal@nelsonmandela.org; Margaret@nelsonmandela.org
  • ... just one of an uncountable number of charities that can benefit from your help...! 
  • A plea from Mandela:  Give just 67 minutes

 

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Zantie Swanepoel   

 

  Beyers Bytjies Nursery School

Your career:    Mrs United Nation International 2001 and currently Director for Mrs United Nation South Africa and Africa as well as a Motivational Speaker and co-writer of various books.

Favourite charity’s name?:    Beyers Bytjies Nursery School in Danville

What do they do?    They look after, educate and feed the children of this very poor community in Pretoria.

What do they need?    They need clothes, food, donations and toys

Why is this your charity?    Because they add value to the lives of children who are our future. To invest in a child is a lifelong investment!

Where can they be contacted?

  • Address:    Tannie Bets Dreyer
  • Tel:    072 347 1687
  • E-mail:
  • ... just one of an uncountable number of charities that can benefit from your help...! 

 

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  A personal plea from Mr Rademan:

Please remember that charities like SPCA, "Helpende Hand", Irene Homes, Hospice and MANY others will take ANYTHING you have to offer.  They will re sell most of the stuff you donate, and if taking it to delivery points are too much trouble, contact them, and they might just collect. 

  

If you rather feel like selling your wardrobe, sell the whole caboose for a R200 rand:  This will buy breakfast for a hungry child for ONE month!  (Abraham Kriel children's home: 011 839 3058..

 

A very special thank you to the following friends who took some time from their very busy schedules to provide fantastic information on who they support, and maybe you can do so too in the New year:

Corine du Toit  /  Martie Pansegrouw  /  Liezel van der Westhuizen  /  Amanda de Waal  /  Zelda la Grange  /   Zantie Swanepoel

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