People are surprising creatures. They can blindside you with a depth of compassion, a sense of adventure and an incredible ability to throw a starfish so far into the ocean it will survive.
Such a man is Hannes Hangdog. A brilliant art director and to quote Jack Sparrow, “A pirate and a good man”.
I never pictured Hannes as a butterfly, but he is proving that old adage correct by doing something small that will have a massive effect on people far far away.
He may be among the last few ever to see it with its glacier ice cap.
He isn’t trying to climb the mountain so he can come back down and start a career as a life couch and motivational speaker, thank God.
He is doing it to raise awareness for the Kula Foundation. His trip has been personally paid for, so all donations go directly to the children cared for and nurtured by the Foundation.
The Kula Foundation is a South African charity that promotes the normal development of children in the age group of 0 to 6 years who have been orphaned, neglected or growing up in diverse conditions.
This is done through occupational therapy and early intervention (stimulation and therapy), preventing future disability as well as optimizing their chances for adoption.
Children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and living under adverse conditions have more specific needs. The Foundation aims to empower associations, like children’s homes, with the necessary resources and support to ensure that the children and families they serve receive the required early childhood intervention.
By preparing children early in life, empowering their parents/caregivers with adapting parenting techniques and supplying them with the support and resources to become a nuclear family we hope to prepare our children for the future.
If you can spare a few cents or can just help spread the word, you can throw a few starfish back and your small action can make a huge difference in the life of a child and the future of our country.
You can help Hannes by donating here: http://www.doit4charity.org.za/fundraising/Hannes.Esterhuyse
You can find the Kula Foundation online here: http://www.kulafoundation.co.za/
Or follow them on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/KulaFoundation