For 30 years the Reach for a Dream Foundation has been making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.
The staff of the SA Institute of Business Accountants (Saiba) decided to sign on to Reach for a Dream’s Slipper Day, wearing slippers to work in solidarity with children with life-threatening illnesses, and helping the Foundation raise money to make a dream come true.
“We support the Reach for a Dream Foundation because of the incredible work it has done over three decades, not only to make life more comfortable for those children with debilitating illnesses, but to help them lead more normal lives by making their own unique dreams come true,” says Saiba CEO Nicolaas van Wyk. “This is a wonderful campaign that all our staff are fully behind and we will continue to support it.”
The Foundation encourages children to use their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses. “We try, as far as possible, to make these dreams come true. Our vision is to grow the Foundation to enable us to continue giving hope to children fighting life-threatening illnesses through the fulfillment of their dreams and making our national projects available to as many of the children as we can,” says the Foundation.
Over the last 30 years the Foundation has made more than 18,000 dreams come true and in the process touched nearly 530,000 lives.
For 28 years the Reach For A Dream Foundation, has brought hope, joy and healing to countless South African children. These children between the ages of three and 18 years have used their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and leukemia, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, renal failure and various blood disorders.
“Hope is there to keep you going. Once you lose hope, you stop living. We always have hope,” says Pastor Patrick, counsellor and pastor to the Sibiya family. As a young child, Malibongwe Sibiya was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that caused him to lose weight and strength. He was admitted to hospital, where he stayed for seven months before being allowed to return home. His dream was see his favourite team Kaiser Chiefs in action and to meet the team – the Reach for a Dream Foundation stepped up and made this dream come true for Malibongwe. The story was featured on M-Net, and is just one of thousands of such stories initiated by the Reach for a Dream Foundation.