U ROCK the SHOP Awards
Let us never forget our fabulous Volunteers. freshStart, being a non-profit organisation, could never function without the commitment and dedication of our precious volunteers and helpers.
In May, we presented the first “U Rock the Shop” awards to some of our volunteers who, in some way or other make such a big difference to our Recycle Swop Shop.
The first recipient, Rejoice Gawie is like the sun… he has been around since the inception of the SwopShop and he is always there. However, like the sun, he has the uncanny ability to disappear behind the clouds at the most inconvenient times. Then, fortunately when one really needs him, he comes shining through with his disarming smile, knowing ways and buckets of energy and enthusiasm!
Lindiwe Nyenge came with celebratory ululu-ing to receive her little trophy (also recycled!). Lindiwe speaks Xhosa and English, as well as Afrikaans, skills highly valued at the SwopShop. She has recently learned to assist the children with their shopping and is doing a fabulous job. As such she has received a special award for Great Personal Shopper.
And then there is Martie Rooi, the First Aid lady of Smutsville, and our 1st Lady. Martie has always been a source of wisdom and help to freshStart. With an eagle’s eye, she scans the row of children and calls those with sores, cuts or scabies to her chair where she treats them with first aid medicines donated by Colours International and the Sedgefield Clinic. For her excellent work, Martie has received an award as our 1st First Aid Lady and as a tremendous role model.
There is Irene, who was a super help sorting out the storerooms. Irene also got our blanket-project going and turns up every Wednesday, helping with our setting up and pack up. With German precision, (Irene is an overseas visitor) she notices things that need changing and is great at spotting the children that cough too much – she is like an extra set of eyes and ears around the shop.
We have Pat who is willing to do “absolutely anything”. She was the next link in the blanket-project chain; teaching the craft ladies to do the edging and new designs. Pat was also key to sorting out our ineffective system for registering new children, she also made the lovely bunting for the SlowFest (now used at the swop shop), Pat has prepared the supplies for making Mother’s Day cards, and helped sort out the piles of donated fabric.
Thank you volunteers, the SwopShop would not exist without you!
Thank you to everyone: those helping to run the shop, the sewing ladies, the volunteers developing Kids Corner and Wednesday Club, and to Interwaste. YOU enable us to open shop, and some of you simply ROCK THE SHOP! We are immensely grateful for all the help given by kind-hearted people who share our vision of helping others to help themselves. Every volunteer makes the Swop Shop happen, but some also work hard behind the scenes. The “U Rock the Shop” awards are just a small way of saying: “Thank you, we appreciate what you do.”