Michael is the official ambassador of some amazing organisations.
The Children’s Hospital Trust was founded in 1994 as the independent Fundraising Arm of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa when the Hospital was threatened with closure due to a lack of funding. Since its inception the Trust has supported the Hospital through upgrading its buildings, purchasing vital equipment and funding critical training and research programmes.
In 2011 the Children’s Hospital Trust expanded its funding reach to projects beyond the Hospital’s doors within the Western Cape which will greatly impact paediatric healthcare and indirectly impact patient outcomes and services to the Hospital.
The Trust is funded from an endowment, ensuring that 100% of all donations received are used towards the projects and programmes we fund. Not a cent is used for administration or operational expenses.
Beautiful Gate was started in 1994 to assist children in need on the outskirts of Cape Town, in the informal area of Lower Crossroads. At Beautiful Gate we believe that children grow best in a family, and the best people to support families are their local community. We therefore aim to care for children and support families by providing a crisis care children’s home, family support and reunification services and partnering with our local HIV children’s clinic in Crossroads which provides HIV treatment to over 500 children. At the same time we believe in building community networks through youth leadership development, family preservation services, access to basic social services, skills development, career guidance and job seeking support for school leavers and families. At present over 2000 people access our community development services per year.
ORBIS is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide. Eight out of ten people who are blind suffer from conditions that are treatable, preventable or curable and 90% live in developing countries. ORBIS prevents and treats blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, and partnerships with local health care organizations. By building their long-term capabilities, ORBIS helps its partners to take action to provide quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable.
ORBIS uses flagship tools such as the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital (an unique mobile ophthalmic training hospital onboard a DC-10 aircraft), Cyber-Sight (a telemedicine resource), and over 450 expert medical volunteers, to provide the highest standard of training to our partners.
In South Africa, ORBIS works in partnership with Department of Health to develop eye care services for child and recently opened a Paediatric Eye Care Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. ORBIS is currently developing similar child-friendly services in Zambia, Ethiopia, Ghana and Cameroon.
Since 1982, ORBIS has worked in 90 countries, enhanced the skill of over 305000 health care professionals and medically treated over 18.8 million people, 5.8 million were children.
ORBIS sees a world where no one, especially no child goes blind unnecessarily. ORBIS Africa is a South African registered Public Benefit Organisation no. 930040668.
Located in Cape Town, Common Good is both a ministry of Common Ground Church and a non-profit organisation that seeks to address issues of poverty and injustice.
Our mission is to mobilise our community to serve societies most vulnerable and marginalised, including those abandoned, sick, neglected, abused and disempowered, both through our initiatives and through a lifestyle that reflects compassion.
We do this by partnering with community-based organisations to implement various initiatives and campaigns, which are each specifically designed to positively impact an area of great social need.
We also provide information, facilitation, strategies, training, resources and support to congregational leaders and Common Ground Church members as they seek to respond to poverty and injustice in Cape Town.
Ultimately, we envision a city where people are flourishing in all areas of life; economically, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Living Hope provides guidance in four ministries – seeking to impact South Africa’s Southern Cape Peninsula with a holistic approach that works to support those both affected and infected by HIV and AIDS, and other chronic diseases – as well as several other contributing factors.
SA Cares for Life is an organization built on Christian values that creates models of care for children in need and builds walls of protection around these children.
Their projects focus on Creating Families for orphan and vulnerable children; Early Childhood Development combined with a brain development programme and Educating & Empowering care givers to strengthen families.
They form strategic partnerships to impact families and we are leaders in establishing projects that ensure that children grow up with the love and security of a family..