No excuses for Jo

There’s a wonderful article about Jo Maxwell in the People’s Post (22 August 2017), a Pinelands resident who, at 79, says she finds meaning in life by helping the less fortunate in and around Cape Town.

Jo Maxwell

We are exceptionally fortunate to be one of Jo’s charity projects because she runs a large number of projects that benefit people at risk. She is a champion fundraiser, an eternal optimist, and one of the most vibrant, energetic people you could ever hope to meet!

“I feel I must do something that will change someone’s life every day. That makes me feel complete. I treat my projects like a business, and put all my effort into them”, she told Nomzamo Yuku from the People’s Post.

Jo has found herself nominated as a finalist in the People’s Post Spec Savers Community Champions Elders Awards for 2017.  Where would the world be without people like Jo, the other finalists and, indeed, anyone who gives up their time voluntarily towards helping others? Have you done anything in the last few days for someone you don’t know, out of pure generosity of spirit?


exercise for the heart

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes

During the week of 17 to 21 July last month, around Nelson Mandela Day, we experienced an abundance of generosity from individuals and organisations in our community.  None of these people expect to be mentioned here, but we think a public expression of gratitude is warranted (the list is in no particular order):

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Staff of Retail Capital in Newlands (provided soup and sandwiches)

Staff of Medpages in Riebeeck Street (delivered over 400 sandwiches)

Staff of the Legal Services Branch of the Department of the Premier (delivered and served over 400 sandwiches)

Jo Maxwell (donated toiletry packs, food packs, and fresh vegetables)

Staff of I&J (delivered chicken mayonnaise sandwiches – above and beyond the regular donations from the company)

South Point Accommodation in Darling Street, Cape Town (for repairing and painting the dining room, bathroom and office at no charge)

Natalie Spirus (donated beanies and scarves made by herself and a group of friends)

My Citi (provided breakfast sandwiches for three days in a row)

Katie at Source Food in Loop Street (provided curry and rice)

Staff of Themis Law Chambers in Roeland Square (donated tea, coffee and creamer; socks for the sock drive, sanitary pads, and their time in serving meals)

Staff of BP Head Office (delivered and served soup for 400 people)

Nihaal and colleagues from Woolworths Adderley Street (donated 67 beautifully packed toiletry bags).

You have been blessed with kind and thoughtful hearts. Thank you.