Outings for orphans - minibus fund

$35,305 of $40.8k goal

Raised by 26 people in 14 months
Kirsten Croft  Wembley, WA
We managed to raise enough money for the minibus within two months! in April 2016 Ed and Heather bought the minibus and it is now in use giving the kids a better life. Brent and I are so grateful for everyone who helped make this dream a reality in such a short period of time.

Our Story:
In January 2016 I visited 3 orphanages in Cape Town and delivered "the Shoe that Grows".
8808677_1454473318.0624_funddescription.While I was there, I met Ed & Heather Scott, who run Via Volunteers. They do the most AMAZING work providing a better life to the kids at Fikelele, as well as Baphumelele and Nazareth House. We need to buy a mini bus so that Ed & Heather Scott, who run the Enrichment Programme there and who also supply volunteers to the centre through their business Via Volunteers , could take these amazing, vulnerable children on outings. Without one, Ed & Heather can only take 3 of the 40 children living here indefinitely, out at a time to places we take for granted, such as, medical appointments, the beach, playgrounds, on learning activities or to the movies.
Their playground facilities are limited & although the place has the most caring people volunteering there, the facilities are run down, lack lustre and more appropriate for offenders rather than children who have lost everything. 
Some of these children will die before they leave here. 

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Please help me raise $45000 to buy  a mini van so that these children can be taken on outings and enjoy the outside world. Learn about and see their amazing city, feel what it's like to swim in the sea, to watch a Pixar film, to forget about their background with a day out to a theme park. 
These children were born into their situations. They are innocent victims of their parents choices. Some were found roaming the streets scavenging for food, raising their brothers and sisters. Others lost their parents to alcohol and drug issues, murder or illness. Some were abused.
They are no different to any other children. They love to sing and dance. They love and feel proud to attend school. They are curious and loving and deserve more than what they were born into.
http://www.fikelela.org.za/orphans-and-vulnerable-children-

Cars are very expensive in South Africa.
This amount will buy Via Volunteers, the programme organisers at Fikelela a Toyota Quantum.
The running and maintenance costs of the minibus will be maintained by Ed & Heather Scott through their amazing business Via Volunteers, to ensure it stays in working order, and to ensure the outings for the children take place.

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Please give generously. Please also copy and share this page to help it go viral so that we can buy this mini bus as soon as possible to get these children out.

**8808677_1454473025.9847_funddescription.**other than the standard gofundme.com fees, every $ raised here will go straight to funding the mini bus for Via Volunteers to use for outings at Fikelele**
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Update 7
Posted by Kirsten Croft
12 months ago
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Your bus!!!
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Update 6
Posted by Kirsten Croft
12 months ago
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Thank you so much to everyone who got behind this campaign.
It is hard to believe that we achieved this goal so quickly. I was really expecting this to take at least a year, yet in just 3 months the dream of a minibus run by our friends, Heather & Ed Scott, to take the orphans of Fikelele on outings, has eventuated. I am so emotional and so grateful to the generosity and kindness of all our friends, family and even strangers who's heart was touched by our message.
I can not wait to go back and visit these children next time we are in Cape Town.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your amazing generosity. You are so inspiring!
Heather with the new minibus
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Update 5
Posted by Kirsten Croft
13 months ago
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The donations pouring in are beyond amazing!!
Big thanks to everyone involved xx
The minibus has been purchased!
I will be transferring the funds to Via Volunteers after the 4th of April, 2016.
Via Volunteers run the outings for Fikelele orphanage (and 2 other orphanages too).
Your donations will improve the lives of the children in need so much more!!
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Update 4
Posted by Kirsten Croft
13 months ago
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So close now!!! We are almost at the finish!
Dig deep and be part of this awesome journey.
Even if it's only one dollar that you can give..it will make a difference.
Let's get these kids a minibus so that they can do all the things that other kids take for granted, like going to the beach or playing in the park.
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$35,305 of $40.8k goal

Raised by 26 people in 14 months
Created February 2, 2016
MB
$400
Mathew Bogar
12 months ago

Hi Kirsten From myself and Mei Keep up the good work!

LM
$15
Laura Mulcahy
13 months ago

Happy easter

SP
$50
sara prendergast
13 months ago
JW
$30
Jane Winhall-Rice
13 months ago

a little bit with a lot of love

RS
$50
Rachael Steele
13 months ago
EO
$50
Elisha Orrell
13 months ago
AF
$10
Amy Freer
13 months ago
1
1
RF
$100
RACHEL FRENCH
13 months ago
2
2

Ed and Heather, what you do is so very important for these children and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to support you in your efforts. I look forward to the day I can return to South Africa and see you both and visit the children at Fikelela. It's so exciting to see how quickly the donations came pouring in. What a blessing to you as you are a blessing to these kids! ♥

SF
$150
Scherie Fowler
13 months ago
AD
$33,650
Anon Donor
13 months ago (Offline Donation)
3
3
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