At freshStart, we depend completely on donations, be it new or pre-loved goods, time, creativity, or money.

freshStart is manned by unpaid volunteers and has only minimal, mandatory overheads. We are registered as a not-for-profit company, so cash donations are tax-deductible in South Africa.

All financial and item donations go to ensure that the Smutsville Recycle SwopShop is sustainable and always has items on offer that are needed by the children (toiletries, stationery, clothing, shoes and blankets) as well as aspirational items (toys, soccer balls, netballs, skateboards and dolls) and weekly fruit.

In 2018, we traded more than 18 000 items, that’s 590 per week!

Here is how you can support us:

Financial Donations

You can make a cash donation to freshStart directly into the bank, by EFT:

freshStart, Sedgefield – Account Number 18 040 113 0  – Standard Bank, George


You can also make a cash donation to freshStart using BackaBuddy by clicking on the button and simply following the instructions. If you wish to donate using PayPal, please use this BackaBuddy option.

Donation of items

Collection bins for new or second hand goods are located in Sedgefield at:

  • Dr Stander’s Rooms
  • The EDGE Newspaper Office
  • The Toy Shop at the PnP Centre
  • and Slow Roasted at the Sedgefield Market.

If you have large or bulky items to donate that may need to be collected, please call or whatsapp Schalk on 082 4138363

Donation of time

If you would like to get involved with our project, join the family of freshStart volunteers. On a Wednesday afternoon, shop and play with the children, teach them some crafting skills, or read together.

For details, call or whatsapp Lida: 083 2315844

A huge “Thank You” to every donor who helps us to fulfil the needs and dreams of the children of Smutsville.

Items most needed by the SwopShop:


toilet-paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, face cloth, soap (100g), deodorants


pens, pencils (with/without erasers), rulers, eraser, sharpeners, crayons, pencil cases, glue sticks (small), small scissors, colouring books, exercise books

Children’s Clothing

any new or second hand clothes (good condition), shoes, sports togs, new underwear, new socks, fleece blankets


soft toys, dolls, small cars, games & puzzles, marbles, tops, 2nd hand bikes, skateboards, balls (football, rugby, netball, cricket, tennis), bats, beach toys

This list is for guidance and suggestion, all quality donations – from pencils to bicycles – will be gratefully received.