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David Smith wrote into Christmas Wish about an exceptional young woman, Unathi Tong. Unathi is the daughter of Freda who worked for David for many years before he and his family emigrated, and since he left she has been looking for employment. Freda worked for them for over 12 years and was always on time, did a great job, and David did what he could to help where he could.
Freda is struggling to pay for the educational and living costs for herself and Unathi who has just finished Grade 9. They live in an informal settlement behind Princess Crossing Shopping Centre. Unathi is a top student at Princess High School (verified by Hot Cares) and in Mr Smith’s words “continues to shoot the lights out” as well as taking time to help other students.
On a recent business trip back to South Africa, Mr Smith reached out to Freda to see if she could assist him for a day or two’s temp work. When she came around, she had a letter for me from Unathi – asking him to please assist her in buying a blazer which they couldn’t afford and she really wanted to be able to wear it with her scrolls and be proud of her excellent achievements. Mr Smith bought the blazer and started a fundraising initiative for her education and part of this was sending in the attached Christmas Wish for Unathi.
The Silverstar team have committed to sponsor Unathi’s education for three years (Grade 10, 11 and 12) and to make sure that she is able to reach her academic potential and so much more. So, we will be contributing to 3 years of : School fees, School uniforms, Textbooks, Stationery, School outings, as well as R750 in groceries for the next 6 months for her and her mom.
In addition, they work with young learners in high school on their career development and would like to also offer this to Unathi. It is programme that includes doing online assessments (aptitudes) to determine and guide career choices, what subjects are needed, where to study, participation in online tertiary application workshops


Izél Van Blerk wrote into Christmas Wish on behalf of her mother, Alida Meyer. She is currently a South African pensioner.
Earlier in her life she gave up so much to provide for Izél, at one stage worked two jobs just to give her daughter what she needed to have a good chance at life. She had to do this because she was widowed early on and all the family responsibility fell on her, but she did it willingly, and gladly.
Alida wasn’t just a good mother, she worked as sister in hospitals for over 45 years helping others, saving lives and looking after other people. Today it is so ingrained in her that she will always help and see what she can do to help and serve.
Izél tries her best to support her mom, but funds are also limited due to her also being widowed and having her own children to raise.
What Izél really wants for her mom is a new set of teeth. Alida has almost no teeth in her mouth and to have dentures made is financially out of reach. She has great difficulty eating, but always says the food is good even though she battles to eat, and no matter what happens she is always just so happy to be there and so grateful for where she is.
Christmas Wish wanted to give back to someone who has devoted their life to giving to others. As a hospital sister for years, Alida gave to so many others both physically and emotionally.
Dr Bellas from NHC Medical and Dental Centre in Honeydew has agreed to once again assist us and will arrange to treat Alida and ensure she has a set of new beautiful teeth so she can be able to eat and smile again.


Morne Geringer wrote into Christmas Wish to nominate a security guard at his complex, Xolani.
Morne and Xolani have formed an incredible bond over the past two years while Xolanie has been working at the complex, and during this time Xolani has shared his passion for design and his dream of becoming a graphic designer. He is a 27 year old self-taught designer, who has used various programs in order to learn everything he can. He often shares his latest projects with Morne and he believes that Xolani has genuine talent. Morne has gone as far as to show Xolani’s work to as many people as possible, including several artists, who all agree that he has a natural affinity and great artistic potential.
Unfortunately he has to do all of this on a dilapidated, second-hand laptop that is completely inadequate for his needs. Not only that, the software that he requires is beyond his budget, as are the courses that would help him master the art of becoming a graphic designer that he has the potential to become.
Morne’s wish is to help him by providing him with a desktop computer capable of running his software quickly and efficiently, as well as the software that he would need and the training to enable him to fulfil his dream of becoming more than a security guard, and a fully qualified, professional graphic designer with the skills that can help him succeed in life.
Rito-tech have donated a high-spec laptop valued at R15,000.00 that has everything it needs to run the programmes Xolani needs, and Hot Cares will purchase all the software for the machine.


Stacey wrote in asking us to fulfill a Christmas Wish for her ex-husband Grant.
They divorced over 3 years ago when their little girl was two years old. The reasons for our divorce or of no importance but what is, is the fact that Grant always has and continues to be a fantastic father. After struggling for many years to 'catch a break' in her career, Stacey was offered an amazing opportunity to upskill and work her way up in a field that she was not qualified in.
She needs to put in the hard work and long hours to succeed.
Grant was fully on board with this and stepped up to bat more than anyone would reasonably expect given their divorce status. Grant arrived at Stacey's home at 05:30 every morning so that he could look after their daughter, while Stacey could leave for work. He woke her, made her lunch, dropped her off and school and then went to work himself. He would do the extramural runs and collect their daughter after school too. He also made sure their daughter had dinner every night.
Grant has unfortunately had trouble with his car and isn’t in the financial position to fix it and has recently had to rely on parents and friends to help him out, and Stacey isn’t in the financial position to step in either. Because he is such a good father, and more than that, such a good person, she has approached the Christmas Wish team and asked that we assist with this. Unfortunately, the car that Grant has is nearing the point of disrepair and if they get it repaired now, it doesn’t have to get to that point.
There are so many stories of animosity, fighting and parental alienation after divorce, but Grant and Stacey’s story is not one of them. They have found a way to work together, not just for their child but to help each other to be better so that she can have better.


Paul wrote into Hot 91.9 FM on behalf of his mother Jennifer.
She is 58 years old and woke up one morning, battling to see, thought nothing of it, hoping it would go away. But her vision did not improve so she then went to see Dr Johan de Lange, and he did some tests. The tests revealed that she had cataracts on her eyes and that the retina was tearing away from the back of the eye. In addition to all this, he discovered bleeding behind her one eye. Paul’s mother needed to have an emergency procedure done.
Paul went to the bank and took a loan of R50,000.00 so that she could get the help she needed. His mother was unemployed and did not have a medical aid, so he did what he could to help.
Jennifer went for follow up checks and injections into the eyes, to try stop the bleeding. The Dr informed her that the treatment was not working, and that she needed to undergo a surgical procedure where they will remove the eye from the socket and re-attach the retina and stop the bleeding. Paul was unable to take another loan from the bank, as the first loan had put him under financial strain. In the meantime, his sister started a funding campaign in the hope of raising the R120,000.00 needed for the procedures. R22,395.00 has been raised to date.
The concern is that Jennifer has recently found permanent employment, at a dentist. She is a qualified dental nurse and relies on her vision to be able to do her work, her employer is aware of her situation. The family need to assist her with having her procedure done, so that her vision can be restored, and she can continue to work. The longer she waits to have the procedure done, the less likely the chance of success.

An anonymous donor has kindly sponsored the cost of the surgery totaling an amount of R120,140.00. The anonymous donor would also like to pay his loan of R50,000.00 for the expenses he has already paid towards his mom's first emergency surgery.


Danielle sent in a wish of a different nature… She knows that this is a tough time of the year for many and that stories we hear are often devastating, heart breaking. They remind us to be grateful for all that we have.
However Danielle wanted to put a positive spin on her wish. She’s a physiotherapist at Olivedale Clinic. Working in the medical profession can be emotionally draining as they experience a lot of sadness. Everyday, without fail, she sees what she believes is one of Earth's angels. His name is Cliffy. Cliffy is one of the cleaning staff at the hospital and has been there for years. He’s become the life and soul of the hospital. Exuberating joy daily, every person who passes him, from the public to the doctors, gets a bright smile, and a personality bubbling with joy. Danielle believes that when she starts her day without a dose of Cliffy's energy, it feels like somethings missing. He is even our country's self-appointed personal rain dancer (he loves teasing about how his dancing can control the rain). Celebrations that take place in the hospital always find Cliffy in the front, in his traditional gear, leading the pack.
This is not a sad wish. This is a letter of absolute gratitude to a man who deserves the recognition of being the epitome of what our country needs right now. Danielle would like for some joy to be brought to a man who brings so much joy to others.
Hot Cares delivered a R10,000.00 voucher to Cliffy at Olivedale clinic this morning.


Angie wrote into Christmas wish on behalf of Stacey, whom she says is “one of the most inspirational and selfless women she’s ever met”.
When Stacey was 18 her whole life was turned upside down, a woman skipped a stop street, hit Stacey’s car, and 6 years later this has affected her whole body, she has to use a wheelchair most of the time, and while she is not bound to the chair, the impact it’s had on her mobility.
However, this wish isn’t to assist with mobility, this is to help make Christmas a little easier for Stacey and her partner. She loves children and serves at her church’s youth group which is where she and her partner volunteered to help foster two children for the long term at their own expense. They are both upstanding members of the community who do what they can to assist everyone in need. Stacey helps ground staff and admin staff with lifts to Kings School West Rand where she works and is always willing to jump in and give a helping hand if needed. She teaches grade 4 and 5 learners and managed to study for her teaching degree all while serving at school as an intern. She never complains about hard work or extra work and tries her best to help with anything she can.
Her car is breaking and isn’t in great shape but is adapted for a wheelchair bound driver. She needs to have it fixed but can’t right now and she would benefit from financial help of any kind.
An anonymous sponsor was so touched by Stacy and her husband that she has donated R20,000.00 towards repairing their vehicle, clothing, nappies, Christmas goodies and other needs for the boys as well as grocery vouchers for them so that they can also share a wonderful Christmas together.


Diane suffers from a bulging disc which is causing severe narrowing of her spinal canal whilst impinging on the S1 nerve roots on both sides. The latest prognosis is that she will be paralysed within 6 weeks if she is not operated on.

Diane is a self-employed, 39 year old, single mother of 2 young children. She is self-employed and the sole breadwinner in a household with 2 aging parents, as well as an unemployed sister with a young daughter.

Without medical aid, Diane's medical expenses are astronomical. She has visited various government institutions only to be told their waiting lists are between 3 and 7 months, with some as long as 2 years, just to get an appointment. Diane just does not have this time!

The back surgery that will cure Diane and literally get her back on her feet costs in excess of R200,000.00 an amount that is just not in her reach. A close friend has appealed to Hot Cares and the Christmas Wish team to assist.
Diane has tried her best to do crowd funding to raise money but has not managed to obtain what she needed as yet.
Diane believed that we were calling her to put out to our listeners to assist with pushing the crowd funding, we surprised her with so much more. Hot Cares contributed R130,000.00 towards her medical costs, and Pieter Liebenberg one of our sponsors contributed a further R30,000.00. Thank you to everyone who supported Hot Cares who made this possible.


Tammy sent in a Christmas Wish for help with her daughter’s educational needs. Tammy’s husband was murdered 6 years ago when their daughter was 4 years old.
Their life was thrown into turmoil. A life of court battles, investigations and legal trauma ensued but after 5 long years of the case being postponed again and again, then finally being heard – the final judgement was made and the accused was found not guilty.
When this happened, Tammy and her daughter tried their best to move on. Then disaster struck, the life policy Tammy’s husband had left for them, which was invested with a financial investment company in North Riding for her daughter’s education had been embezzled.
Tammy’s daughter has had a rough time the past few years and securing her education would make the world of difference to their lives at this point.
Hot Cares will be paying for Tammy’s daughters educational needs for 2020. This includes annual school fees, levy’s, textbooks and stationery totally an amount of R32 000.


This morning the Hot 91.9 Christmas Wish team were able to grant an incredible wish to Lehlogononolo, a customised wheelchair.
He had made his current, now broken, chair from two old wheelchairs. Watch the full story as Jeremy and Sam grant his wish, and Bunny, together with Rentia Myburgh (Medipost Holdings) delivers it to him at Tokologo in Protea Glen.

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