Overberg Public Benefit Organizations
Birthday of Hope was established in 2012. Ons Plek Projects was BOH’s very first beneficiary. Their goals is to provide hope instead of street life. An estimation of 100 – 150 girls between 6 and 18 years leave home to fend for themselves on the streets. These young girls have left home to escape physical abuse and neglect or have been sent away as their families cannot support them. All have come from different homes, yet their situations are similar in one way or the other.
Birthday of Hope Initiative is a community outreach initiative who prides itself in delivering a service of philanthropy in various communities and restore their hope in humanity. We are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. Our decision making process in choosing a beneficiary is done by doing a comprehensive observation of their respective needs. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of those who we encounter. BOH provides a platform for people from all walks of life to come together and make a difference and to lend a helping hand and give back to different communities. The initiative strives to encourage future generations who come from disadvantaged backgrounds / harsh circumstances, to pursue their goals and dreams. The initiative also strives to motivate them to rise above their circumstances and overcome obstacles with their head held high.
Sometimes thoughtful little gifts make all the difference in the world and we have experienced this by the warm welcome received by the beneficiaries when we do our official handover. Some of our projects include:
2016 – “Birthday Blanket Run Campaign” 315 warm blankets were collected and raised a total amount of R3370. This enable BOH to buy toiletries and groceries. We had 4 beneficiaries:
- Huis Martina (Parow Valley)
- The OAC – Parow Valley Welfare
- Senior Citizens Service Centre (Genandendal)
- Children’s Home (Greyton)
2017 – “Fill Up a Chemo Care Bag” raising a total amount of R8000 which enable us to fill up the Chemo Care Bags with the necessary essentials that will assist the cancer patients with easing the side effects of their chemotherapy treatment.
April 2019 – Founder, Crystal August-Reynecke completed the Two Oceans and raised a total amount of just over R5000 for the kids at Tygerberg Children’s Hospital.
June 2019 – “Winter Warm Up” campaign was launched and our beneficiaries were 2 children homes in Langa.
June 2020 – Our most recent campaign is the #30For30FoodDrive Campaign. Our beneficiaries are the Victoria Service Centre for the Elderly in Genandendal and a few elderly identified in Bereaville. Both are situated in the Overberg. The whole idea behind the “30 For 30 Food Drive” campaign is because this year CrystaI is celebrating a special milestone, her 30th birthday. The main objective is to collect food items to make 30 food hampers to distribute to the elderly living in the rural areas namely in Genadendal and Bereaville. The campaign will run from 1 May to 25 June. Official handover will be done on Saturday, 27 June.