IMAGINE CHRISTMAS CAROLS 2016 AT FOREST FARM CENTRE AND UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION

This year we had the pleasure of entertaining two remarkable establishments with Christmas Carols. Music truly is one of life’s greatest joys and we had a wonderful time sharing that joy in the spirit of the festive season with Forest Farm Centre and United Cerebral Palsy Association of South Africa.

On Thursday, 8 December, we visited Forest Farm Centre in Bryanston. The centre offers care for adults living with Cerebral Palsy; and their top priority is making sure that these residents are safe, happy and receive the necessary therapies they need. The centre continually searches for ways to give purpose to their residents so that they are not disabled by their disability but encouraged to learn new skills and participate in revenue-generating work in their workshop or other activities. We spent the evening singing, dancing and enjoying the company of these inspiring people.

Thank you to Forest Farm for making this an evening to remember! We were touched by the house mothers’ kindness and hospitality, and grateful to the residents who were so thoughtful in helping us collect all the Christmas carol booklets after the event. The energy of the residents of Forest Farm Centre is contagious; some even took to the dance floor and invited our carollers to dance!

Keeping the Christmas cheer alive on Friday, 9 December, we visited United Cerebral Palsy Association of South Africa, an institution that aims to empower individuals with Cerebral Palsy to reach their maximum potential and lead happy and fulfilled lives. UCPA currently accommodates 45 children, the youngest being 3 years old. We were delighted to see the great excitement and joy in each of the residents, how they loved the music and were eager to participate. Some joined the band by playing instruments, following them as they sang Christmas Carols throughout the centre and calling for encores after each song. Thank you to a special resident, Dumi, who assisted in packing up all the music stands used during the event! To the house mothers and staff members of UCPA, we express sincere gratitude for the hard work you do every day. It does not go unnoticed. To Lovemore Music Illovo and Steve Flavin, we say thank you for sponsoring the excellent music stands that made it possible for our large group of carollers to come together in song. Special thanks also go to Lloyd and Ralph, our talented musicians, for their musical accompaniment throughout each of these events. From IMAGINE Charity we’d like to wish Forest Farm Centre and United Cerebral Palsy Association of South Africa a joyous Festive Season, we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

IMAGINE DAY AT RATANANG GROUP 2016

Another year has almost gone by and with that the IMAGINE Day Christmas party took place at Ratanang Group for children with multiple disabilities. It was a heart-warming day at Chris Hani Baragwaneth Hospital sharing out Christmas presents, taking photos with Father Christmas, enjoying snacks and cheerful music. Like last year, a beautifully festive setting was created for all the children and their parents to enjoy their year-end celebration. We are honoured to be part of this event and thank Ratanang Group for sharing this day with us.

A heartfelt thank you to staff members, volunteers and mothers of the Ratanang Group for their kindness and hospitality we received. We have profound respect for the exceptional work that these care-workers do to improve the quality of life and care of ± 33 children and youths disabled by Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities, on a daily basis. Thank you Rob and Mary-Jade Hawley who brought us Father Christmas and his sweet elf, who etched in everyone’s memories a magical moment for each and every child! Talented musicians Lloyd and Ralph Daniel brought us festive cheer through their music and we sincerely thank them for their cheerful Christmas melodies eliciting joyous emotional responses, playful movements and happy faces from these special children and their families. Lastly, we appreciate all the hard work of our volunteers and organisers for enabling Friday’s program to run smoothly. Thank you for reminding each child, care-worker and family member there just how special they are.

From the IMAGINE Charity team, we wish Ratanang Group and their families a joyous and Blessed festive season. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

IMAGINE CHARITY’S INAUGURAL GOLF DAY WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!

Imagine Charity hosted our inaugural golf day on 21 October 2016 in support of those living with Cerebral Palsy. The charity exists to make a real difference in the lives of those affected by Cerebral Palsy, aiming to minimise their difficulties and that of their caregivers. The day was a resounding success, the golfers soon getting into the swing of the day and opening their wallets generously.

Imagine Charity golf day was held at the pristine Steyn City Club house and golf course. Guests were treated to a superb Four-ball Alliance Tournament with golf-carts, a scrumptious Halfway House meal – followed by an elegant gourmet cocktail dinner at the end of the day, accompanied by excellent sponsored beverages.

Welcomed with an ice-cold beer after an enjoyable round of golf plus networking with clients and friends, guests were entertained by Michael Scholz, South Africa’s premier trick shot practitioner in action. Master of Ceremonies, legendary sportsman Fanie De Villiers, was his usual humorous self, putting guests at ease and challenging all to greater levels of generosity. The cocktail evening closed tastefully with expert guided whiskey tasting indulgence. As one of our guests commented, the charity “threw one of the best golf days he had ever attended”. The ambiance was incredible and we are grateful for everyone’s contribution, fun attitude and encouragement. Prizes were given out to the lucky winners on the day, alongside a raffle in which some great donations were given.

Congratulations to our top 3 Four-ball team winners of the day!

1st Prize: Darrel Baillie, Jacques Kok, Renaldo Bothma and Nazir Mohamed

2nd Prize: Michael Blatherwick, Daniel Blatherwick, Alasdair Hawley and Mitchell Hawley

3rd Prize: Barend Kok, Kevin Smith, Roger Govender and Joe Hartman

Imagine Charity thanks the golfers, prize sponsors, four-ball sponsors and staff for their support and making the day a triumph! We say thank you to our main sponsor SIS Global, individuals and the following businesses for their donations and prize donations toward the event: LSC Staffing Solutions, B3 Cricket Limited and PwC Exordia. With your help we raised over R200,000!

WALK THE TALK – 24 JULY 2016

On Sunday, 24 July, Talk Radio 702 hosted their 15th Walk the Talk event at Marks Park, Emmarentia. Close to 60 000 entries were received this year, and Walk the Talk has become known as the largest mass participation sporting event on the continent.

We were happy to receive almost one hundred entrants – all walking to raise awareness for those living with Cerebral Palsy and to raise funds to buy a standing frame for Joelene, a young girl living with Cerebral Palsy.

Our walkers, along with thousands of others, took to the streets to walk for a cause in the 5km, 8km and 15km distances. We had a lovely day and enjoyed meeting and engaging with fellow walkers.

This year again, was extra special for Imagine Charity, as we were joined by Stuart Hawley, the inspiration behind Imagine Charity.

Hospitality was provided before and after the event, and all proceeds needed to buy Joelene’s standing frame were raised.

Our sincere thanks to all our volunteers who helped on the day and a special thank you to Talk Radio 702 and our walkers, who walked for our cause. We hope you will join us again next year, and help us continue to make a difference in the lives of those living with Cerebral Palsy.

MANDELA DAY 2016

Once again, SIS Global has made it possible for us to do something very special for Mandela Day. Over the past few years, we have been fortunate enough to receive a donation of R10 000 which we use to support Cerebral Palsy organisations. This year again, we were joined by the staff of SIS Global who helped distribute non-perishable food items and toiletries to the staff and residents of United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCPA) in Johannesburg.

The SIS Global team, along with Imagine Charity, were actively involved in the day and helped the caregivers feed the residents during lunch. The afternoon was left for us to meet and interact with all the residents. We are proud and privileged to have been able to make a difference in their lives.

Thank you to the staff at UCPA for your warm welcome, we hope to visit more often and continue to help.

We thank our belated hero, Tata Madiba for having blessed us with this day and encouraging us to do good for humanity. Last, and most importantly, we thank our corporate sponsor SIS Global, for making this happen!

If you or your organisation would like to get involved with IMAGINE, please do contact us at info@imaginecharity.com or https://www.facebook.com/imaginecharitysa/.

LET’S HELP JOELENE!

Joelene was born a healthy baby 3 weeks premature weighing in at 3.77kgs. She always had slow development, but brain scans showed nothing majorly wrong with her. Just before she turned two she was hospitalised with meningitis.

She was in a semi-private hospital and her condition worsened so badly that she was sent to a private hospital for further tests.

Upon having these tests she was diagnosed with the Shigella virus. With the combination of these two viruses her family were told she was dying but if she survived she would have some sort of brain damage. She had to learn how to suck, keep her neck up, sit, etc. all over again, like a baby. She now has Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Epilepsy.

She is non-verbal and cannot walk. She runs on her little knees which have calluses on them but despite all of this she is a very happy child who loves music. Her mum is a single parent who is battling to make ends meet and cannot afford the therapy that Joelene needs. IMAGINE would like to add value to Joelene’s life by buying her a standing frame as soon as possible!

FUNKY FLIP FLOP FRIDAY – CRAWFORD PREP LONEHILL

Thank you Crawford Prep Lonehill for another successful Funky Flip Flop Friday. The pictures speak for themselves on the effort that went into the funky flip flops on Friday, 29th January 2016 – just awesome.

You have helped us raise awareness as well as R5612.00 towards our long term goal of building a school and respite care facility centre for families living with cerebral palsy – thank you, thank you, thank you – we look forward to many more fun-filled years of Funky Flip Flop Fridays on your gala day in the years to come.

FUNKY FLIP FLOP FRIDAY – CRAWFORD ITALIA

Thank you to Crawford Italia for our very first fundraiser for 2016 – their first Funky Flip Flop Friday in support of people living with Cerebral Palsy through IMAGINE Charity. Being a very small school we were able to offer a treat to every child that participated with flip flops on the day and the most creative flip flop in each class won a little flip flop prize.

We look forward to sharing this event with them again next year – thank you Crawford Italia for raising R1310 towards our cause for people living with Cerebral Palsy.

Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge 2015

We challenged each of our riders to raise R2000 for the cause by either fundraising, donating, finding a sponsor, basically whatever works! Thank you to those riders that met the challenge and helped us raise funds. We raised a gross amount of just over R84500 from this year’s cycle challenge – well done to all our participants and sponsors for making this huge difference to people living with cerebral palsy.

Our top five fundraisers were:
1. Lloyd Daniel – R7488.82
2. Liesl van Heerden – R5488.82
3. Rob Nicholson, Sean Permuy and Stephen Corrigan – R5468.00
4. Rob Hawley – R4485.00
5. Rob Wesselo – R4000.00
Thank you for all your efforts and contributions. The draw for the R10k cash prize took place on Saturday, 12th December - the winner was Rob Hawley who kindly donated the winnings back to the charity – thank you Rob Hawley!

We once again thank our very valued sponsors as without their continued support and efforts we would not be able to make such a success of this event in terms of fundraising and awareness for people living with cerebral palsy. Our new sponsor Umkhonto Outsourcing Solutions really went the extra mile on event day by adding special touches and helping us with fundraising – thank you thank you thank you!

IMAGINE DAY 2015 – IN LOVING MEMORY OF TATA MADIBA

In memory of Nelson Mandela, we sponsored the Christmas Year End Party for Ratanang Day Care Centre in Soweto. Smiles and excitement were the order of the day. Thank you to Martie Nyman for all the shopping & wrapping of gifts & hampers for the children & their families. Thanks to Chili Tree Cresta for the sponsorship of sandwiches and juices for the party as well as for attending on the day.

Thank you SIS Global for being part of this day and sponsoring the photography. There is of course no Christmas party without Santa & his helpers so thank you to duo Rob and Mary-Jade Hawley for bringing this to the party. Everyone loved Santa and his little elf! To the musicians Lloyd & Ralph Daniel, thank you for adding cheer with your music. We wish the staff and students at Ratanang as well as their families a happy and blessed festive season… Till 2016 much love from team IMAGINE.

MOMENTUM 94.7 CYCLE CHALLENGE – 15TH NOV 2015

On the Wednesday before the race we collected our race numbers and began working on putting the packs together for our riders first thing on Thursday morning. We invited some of the residents from Forest Farm to ‘work’ for the day. This gave them the experience of being in an office environment as well as earned them some money for Forest Farm. They were delighted and welcomed the change of scenery. Once all the packs were done we ordered them lunch – pizzas and burgers were the highlight for them. Thank you Forest Farm for allowing your residents to be a part of our Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge again this year. Our cyclists collected their race packs at the pre-event which was held at the Baron on Main on Thursday evening pre the cycle event. Gearing up for Sunday’s race they encouraged each other as they shared a drink and some snacks in what was a very relaxed pre-event. For days before our big race the extreme heat was nerve wrecking for many of our riders, sponsors and supporters alike. Due to the recent drought we were warned to keep hydrated and also to get our participants to carry their bikes instead of riding along the sand to the start because thorns were a huge problem with punctures pre-race. Team IMAGINE were on site setting up hospitality from 5am on Sunday morning and many of our cyclists stopped in before they headed to the starting pens which was very conveniently only a few 100metres from our site. Some had breakfast; others coffee and some just got into the team spirit by heading to the start with their fellow IMAGINE cyclists. Others like Rob Hawley had his warm up by helping us put up the gazebo and banners – thank you Robert!

Our presence was evidently more noticeable this year than ever before as we have had a few new riders come on board that saw us on the day which is awesome awareness raised – thank you to all our cyclists for making this happen! We once again thank our continued sponsors Palladium Accounting Software and SIS Global for sponsoring our cycle shirts but we are also very pleased to thank our new sponsor Umkhonto Outsourcing Solutions for also being a sponsor on our shirts as well as sponsoring our hospitality post-race. They were truly a huge value add to our day going the extra mile for the charity, our riders, the cause and the event in general. They provided us with awesome slush puppies as well as special slush puppies for those that have a liking to chilled Vodka. Umkhonto was also instrumental in adding to the fundraising on the day as well as creating an atmosphere that was clearly enjoyed – many of our cyclists dropped us emails the week after the race to thank us for the excellent hospitality.

Our fastest IMAGINE rider this year was Colin Branson coming in at a time of 02:55:42 which is 32mins34secs faster than his time last year – well done Colin! The competition was extremely tight with our top 4 riders. Second in was Rob Wesselo with a time of 02:56:31 which was almost 4 mins faster than his time last year – well done Rob W! Simon Shaw grabbed 3rd place in the IMAGINE category literally seconds behind Rob W with a time of 02:56:48 – well done Simon! In 4th place was one of our most incredible riders, Iron Man Cameron Condie finished this year’s cycle challenge in a time of 02:57:58. Condie fell off his bike in Steyn City and broke his collar bone but got back on and still finished his ride with a sub 3 times – last year he finished with a broken wrist – Condie is a legend! Our most improved time from last year was from Liesl van Heerden who improved her time by over 1 hour and 12 mins – well done Liesl. A really big thumbs up to all our first time riders that made it to the finish – you all had great times and we are hoping to see you all on your bike’s again.

We extend a huge thanks to those that spent time out in the heat encouraging and supporting our riders as they passed by. Special thanks to Martie Nyman who worked endlessly on the day to ensure all our riders were hydrated & fed at the finish and most of all to each and every one of our cyclists – you all contributed towards a very worthy cause helping us raise awareness and funds for people living with cerebral palsy. They say charity begins at home and the Directors of IMAGINE definitely lived up to it – they were all involved in this event, Rob Hawley and Shiraz Howa both took their saddles. Although Shiraz never made it to the finish line we really admire his courage and bravery for getting himself and his wife on a bike and starting the race – well done Howa’s! Sean Permuy enters through the charity every year but he does realize that as much as he loves cycling he is also quite good at being a host so this year he chose to show off that talent by helping us run the hospitality site – thank you Sean for getting your hands dirty!

Thanks for all the support!

Team IMAGINE

THE 2015 CEDAR LAKES CHARITY DUCK RACE EVENT

Sunday, 8th November marked the 2nd year of the Cedar Lakes Charity Duck Race as part of fundraising towards our Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge 2015. Initially the idea of Rob Nicolson started a year ago and now a joint effort with 3 of our cyclists who reside on the estate. This event takes months of planning, sponsor hunting, gift searching, sourcing of ducks to race, etc. We extend our gratitude to all those that helped us with the planning of this event throughout the year. The day kicked off early with enthusiastic “Cedarlakians” purchasing their ducks and decorating them with immense effort and great attention to detail. It was fantastic to see some of the Dads’ getting in on the action and putting on the final touches to their children’s beautiful ducks.

As always, the technical side of the duck race is the most difficult! It takes great effort in assessing windward and leeward around the dam and exactly where to place the ducks. After great consideration the ducks were carefully placed over the side of the balcony by the clubhouse…..and there they stayed, all stacked up with nowhere to go! It was Rob Hawley and Jayden Gambon to the rescue, tacking and jibing their way to rescue the ducks, with loads of encouragement from the bystanders, each making sure their duck was rescued. Off to the middle of the dam they went and the race began.

Congratulations to the winners in each of the categories, we had 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes plus best decorated duck for the kiddie’s race, the individual race as well as our very generous corporate participants. Congratulations to Chilli Tree who will be keepers of the floating trophy handed over from our previous Corporate Winners, SIS Global. Thanks to all our corporate sponsors that participated – BrandSync, Chili Tree Spices, Crossman Pape & Associate, Dynamic Textiles, LSC, Palladium Accounting & SIS Global. Prizes were generously donated by Barnyard Cresta, Chilli Tree Cresta, Dfine Fitness, Entertainment Books, Fourways Chiropractors, Lego, SIS Global, Sorbet Fourways Mall and some private individuals who generously donated bottles and gifts for the day – thank you!

Special thanks to Southern Spoor Marketing, who donated a fantastic weekend away for 2 to at The Maropeng Boutique Hotel, a 2 night stay including dinner and breakfast. Well done Michael Coad for being a great sport and offering the highest amount for this prize in our auction.

Post-race, we had the pleasure of being entertained with background tunes played by Lloyd and Ralph Daniel, thanks guys for donating your time for the event. The day ended off with some fun games like egg & spoon races, musical chairs, etc. but the men’s musical statues had to be the funniest!

It really was a scorcher of a day and IMAGINE thanks the Lifestyle committee, in particular Jane Corrigan and Catherine Permuy as well as all the people who came down and supported us on the day, you really did make a difference! Thanks to Lanser & Gary and their team from the clubhouse for keeping us hydrated and fed, to Willem for his assistance in setting up on the day and to Sean Permuy for once again being our MC.

IMAGINE Charity raised R16, 404 from this fun filled fundraiser!

THUNEE KNOCKOUT TOURNAMENT

Most of our readers would have noticed the advertising about the Thunee Knockout Tournament at Dali Restaurant in Randburg on 5th September on our website, Facebook page etc...

Liesl and Lloyd Daniel, two of our Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge riders came to us with this fundraising idea a few months ago. As we marketed the event the stress was really building up waiting for the bookings but to our delight on the day we had an awesome turnout which exceeded all our expectations.

We set up at Dali from 14h30 getting everything ready for the tournament. People started arriving and the excitement started building up as the teams were allocated their spots on the scoreboard. The MC opened the evening with a warm welcome and a laugh, he told everyone more about IMAGINE and how this event came about and then it was time for the rules to be explained as well as the structure of the tournament. Thank you to Yogs and Priven Reddy for assisting us with putting this together – we could not have done it without you. The first round of games filled the Dali restaurant with a buzz – everyone was excited about whether or not they would make it through to the next round and only 3 of the teams would be lucky enough to buy back into the tournament at the end of this knockout round.

As each round progressed Dali Restaurant provided the players with fresh snacks and as the teams were knocked off they enjoyed a fresh meal of lamb bunnies, chicken breyani or beans roti rolls – yum! The final game was probably the most intense – winner takes all so of course there could only be one winning team. Congratulations to team Japs2 Too who won the tournament taking home R2 000 in cash each plus winning a super car experience each in a Ferrari.

Thanks to Robert Hawley for being the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, to Lionel Abrahams for being the judge, to Prema Munusamy for your valued input before the tournament & your hard work on the day & to Kevin Naidoo for organising us help to take care of the running of the tournament as well as the upkeep of the scoreboard. Biggest thanks goes out to our sponsors as we do believe the success of the event had everything to do with the prizes that were up for grabs so thank you to The Riley Close Residents Association for the donation of Two Supercar Experiences in Ferarri’s, to Psiber Insurance Brokers for the donation the cash prize of R4 000.00, to Brown Cow Productions for the sponsorship of all the raffle prizes and to Prema Munusamy for donating a round of shooters to all those players that went through to the second round. Thanks also to all our volunteers especially Zakhira, that assisted us on the day and well done Lloyd & Liesl on a great fundraiser. Huge shout out to Dali Restaurant in Randburg for hosting the event and providing us all with a great warm meal and ice cold drinks to keep us all hydrated – visit them at Shop 3, 25 Kerk Street, Randburg.

For IMAGINE this fundraiser was a huge success raising over R10 000. We are sure to be doing another one of these tournaments in the future again so watch this space….

MANDELA DAY 2015

True to their word SIS Global once again made it possible for us to do something very special for Mandela Day. They have for the past few years made a donation of R10, 000 which we used to support Cerebral Palsy organisations through the purchase of non-perishable food items. This year we were very blessed to be able to make a difference at Forest Farm Centre, home for Cerebral Palsied adults.

Sponsored by SIS Global, we contributed R10, 000 worth of toiletry items and nappies for all the residents but that wasn’t all, the SIS Global team also got actively involved in the day by taking time out of their busy schedules to visit the home and its residents. A guided tour and meeting all the residents left us all feeling very blessed to have been able to make a difference to them and also to see such a well-run and uplifting home. We really hope to do more for them in the future.

Our sincere gratitude goes out to SIS Global for their continued support to IMAGINE. A special thanks to CEO Robert Hawley for taking time out of the business to join us on this visit with his team. We know it touched the hearts of their staff and gave them hope that is so often needed. It was an honour to share the experience with the SIS Global team.

We thank our belated hero, Tata Madiba for having blessed us with a day in which the world is inspired to do so much good for humanity. We aspire to make everyday a Mandela Day! Long live the memory of Nelson Mandela…

If you would like your organisation to get involved with IMAGINE for Mandela Day 2016 please do contact us at info@imaginecharity.com.

702 WALK THE TALK 2015 – HANDOVER @ UCPA.

The delivery of the goods raised from the 702 Walk the Talk 2015 through IMAGINE was delivered to UCPA on Sunday, 16th August 2015. What a truly humbling experience it was for all those present. A great turn-out made for a more special time – singing, dancing, handing out gifts and taking some very specials photos.

It was hard to tell whether there was more excitement over the music, gifts or visitors but all in all it was certainly a joyous occasion. Another special thing about this day and the Walk the Talk Event this year was that it was shared with the inspiration behind IMAGINE, Stuart Hawley. Stuart was as happy as always, enjoying the music and noise around him. Little does he know that he is the person responsible for inspiring us and all the work we do through IMAGINE – thank you Stuart for being you!

Thank you to all our walkers that made it possible for us to make this contribution to the UCPA. Special thanks to those that took time out of their Sunday to attend the handover and made it one to remember. Lloyd and Ralph Daniel brought such special life to the day with their music – it would not have been the same without that touch – thank you! Enjoy the special photos!