freshStart depends totally on good will and gifting, of time, new and used goods, and money.

It is manned by volunteers and has no employment costs or overheads.

Here are ways that you can help us to help people to help themselves.


Financial Donations

Every penny counts and 100% of all donations are used to support the purpose of freshStart -Helping People to Help Themselves

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

freshStart, Sedgefield account no – 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 follow the instructions. If you wish to donate using PayPal, please use this BackaBuddy option.


Donation of items and or time

The Smutsville Recycle SwopShop depends on goodwill and gifting – of time, creativity, second-hand goods, new items and cash.

  • It is registered as a not for profit company so donations are tax-deductible in S.A.
  • It is manned by volunteers and has only minimal, mandatory overheads.

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 (soccer balls, netballs, skateboards and dolls) and weekly fruit.

Collection Bins for goods are located at:-

Dr Standers,

The EDGE Newspaper Office,

The Toy Shop,

and Slow Roasted at the Sedgefield Market.

If you have large or bulky items to donate that may need to be collected,

 or if you would like to get involved with a specific project,

or have a few hours of time to donate a month, please call:-

Schalk on +27 (0) 82 4138363


 Special thanks, from us and the children, for your continued generosity.

Items most needed by the SwopShop are :-





face cloth

soap (100g)



pens, black, blue and red

pencils (with/without erasers)





glue sticks (small)

small scissors

pencil cases

colouring books

colouring pencils

examination pads


any new or second hand (in good quality)


sports togs

new underwear

new socks

fleece blankets


soft toys

small dolls

small cars

games & puzzles


2nd hand bikes, skateboards

balls – football, rugby, netball, cricket, tennis.


beach toys

This list is for guidance and suggestion, all quality donations will be considered and gratefully received