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No gift too small

“Both hats fit and they complement each other,” said Karen Brokensha of her twin roles at The Domino Foundation. The sunhat shadows her role as Marketing “Chief Storyteller” as she oversees the brand narrative of the NPO’s seven programmes. Whilst donning the cap as Donor Relations she ensures all their donors are kept informed as to how their funds are making an impact and nurturing those relationships. “In both cases, I am responsible for the various elements so that friends and supporters feel confident and inspired by their parts in what we affectionately refer to as the Domino Effect!

Much as Karen is tasked with sharing the wonderful stories of partnerships between Domino and the big corporates and business, she is intimately aware of the significance of the smaller consistent donations and one-off gifts that reflect the generous hearts of individuals in  community as a whole. “The parable of the widow giving her two mites speaks of a spirit of radical generosity and faithfulness to invest in what God has asked each one of us to do”

Karen described two easy methods for people to pledge their support of Domino’s Cradle to Career work – from the abandoned babies, survivors of human-trafficking, learners needing a high-protein meals in their school day to pre-adolescent youth being mentored to make good lifestyle-decisions, and whole families that have been impacted by the effects of natural and man-made disasters.

“You can sign up as a Direct Debit Donor donating R250 as a monthly contribution (or make a once off Christmas Credit Card donation). Alternatively, subscribe The Domino Foundation as one of your beneficiaries on your MySchool card so that each time you swipe at a local retail partner, we gain a small benefit. Many people know about this incredible My Village initiative but don’t realise you can nominate up to three beneficiaries on each card. That means, even if they are already supporting their children’s schools, they could easily add Domino as a third beneficiary.”

Karen encouraged learners and families to claim their own double portion of blessing by investing in the work of the foundation to make a meaningful difference ahead of the festive season and into 2024! Donate link on www.domino.org.za or contact Karen on 031 110 0730 or marketing@domino.org.za

#twomites #greatandsmall

Caption: Domino’s Karen Brokensha making it easy for community members both great and small to support the NPO’s work through financial giving.

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Early Childhood Development – Tools at your Fingertips

The Domino Foundation’s ECD (Early Childhood Development) Programme works with over 106 owners of community ECD Centres to prepare children for school-readiness. The early years are vitally significant for their development milestones which need to be grasped before the age five.

Many of these ECD centres have limited educational resources.

Domino collaborates with fellow NPO Singakwenza (“We can do it!”) in Pietermaritzburg, to teach ECD educators how they can make effective resources from recycled waste materials (think ‘bread bags, tags and toilet rolls’) so children can play with the ‘toys’ and learn in the process, setting good foundations for greater language, numeracy, and attentional skills success.

If you would like to learn more about our ECD Programme or partner with this foundation phase education please connect with us on admin@domino.org.za

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Adoption Story from Durban To Calgary

Seven years ago, siblings Jade and James made the 16,285 km journey to Calgary, Canada. There, winter lows hit the minus-thirties, a long way from subtropical Durban where The Domino Foundation’s Babies’ Home had been their world for as long as they could remember.

Online searched led Canadian fireman, Owen Watson, and his wife, Jolene, to Domino’s website. They made contact and heard of a little girl and her brother needing a loving home. The couple made the long journey to meet their “ready-made” family and then take them to their new home where everything would be totally different to what they had ever known.

Dad Watson recently emailed the home to say both are very healthy and are growing like weeds. 11-year old Jade has all the attitude of a healthy tweenager and 9-year old James apparently could “power the entire city of Joburg on the amount of energy he expends in a day”. The two have a good solid group of friends and an exceptionally supportive community of neighbours and the loving foundation received whilst in Domino’s care! #foreverfamilies

If you would like more information on adoption or support the Domino Babies Home to love and care for more champions like Jade and James Owen please connect with us on admin@domino.org.za – Reference I love adoption

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2022 race done & dusted

The content below is the Thank you email sent today from the Race Organisers

Hi again aQuellé Tour Durban rider!

Thanks for being part of a great aQuellé Tour Durban this weekend! The special vibe was a hallmark of the MTB races on Saturday and the three road races on Sunday.

We did encounter an unexpected problem when the first batch of 90km riders caught up with the back of the 106km race on the M4, and this resulted in our marshalls being unable to move the barriers marking the 90km turn into place as planned. We fully understand the frustration that this caused, and we apologise sincerely for this.

Many have take this in their stride, and we appreciate that attitude.

Racetec has decided NOT to take these results into account for these participants’ seeding index. For those riders that were affected on the day, and who have also entered the Amashova Durban Classic, RaceTec has agreed to identify these riders, and make the necessary arrangements to assist them during the Amashova Durban Classic registration to ensure that they all end up in the correct start batch. If the riders do qualify to start in an earlier batch, Racetec will make the adjustments at the event registration.

If you have concerns regarding the results and your time, and how it may affect your seeding for future events, please take it up with Race Tec directly by emailing info@racetec.co.za.

As always, we appreciate constructive suggestions, and welcome your input. Click here to make contact with us.

Above all, thank you from The Domino Foundation for the part you played in the ongoing support they get from the aQuellé Tour Durban.

“We at The Domino Foundation see our key calling as bringing dignity, hope and social justice to marginalised and vulnerable communities through education, economic and enterprise development partnerships. Through our seven programmes, we are currently impacting the lives of some 15,000 individuals each day. We are very grateful to aQuellé Tour Durban for their amazing support through their generous donations year after year to our work to change one individual at a time, so that communities are changed and, ultimately, our country is changed.”

Shaun Tait – CEO – The Domino Foundation

Video Gallery 2022

Photo Gallery – 2022 Road races

Photo Gallery – 2022 MTB Races

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Door to freedom is a partnership

“With its heart to “set the captives free”, Red Light has needed a physical safe space in which the  survivors of human-trafficking can be debriefed and learn to step into spiritual, psychological and physical wholeness. Domino’s joint vision with Joyce Meyers Ministries for a shelter for survivors of the sex trade in Durban has taken on reality with the lease on safe, secure premises having been signed. The shelter then needed to be furnished and Red Light saw great favour with several suppliers either donating items free of charge or giving significant discounts. An acting Safe House manager and two assistant house-mothers have been appointed and the shelter is set to be a place of healing and nurturing where women who have been rescued from the sex trade can learn living to live with dignity, love, freedom and purpose.”

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Bread and Butter Champions from Toti

There’s a gentle hum of happy industry in The Domino Foundation’s Nutrition Programme kitchen in Amazimtoti. The five volunteers who have gathered for the weekly buttering-spreading-wrapping routine have it down to a fine art: 1,200 peanut butter sandwiches ready to be delivered to 13 schools, ECD (Early Childhood Development) centres, churches and a community centre, some well beyond a 20 kilometre radius of the kitchen which is situated at Kingsway Church International, Doonside.

Team leader, Cheryl Dann, proudly exclaimed: “These are my champions! They faithfully give of their time and energy to ensure that 1,000 children on the sandwich programme and the 3,000 on porridge programme get some nutritious food. We call this the learners’ ‘food for thought’ because studies have shown that healthy food isn’t only for good physical growth. It is also essential for the way children’s brains develop. And these generous people are making sure that the children get it.”

Two of the volunteers, Lizzy Cullen and Pat Manton, have been regulars since 2016 when the kitchen started operating. Lizzy said: “Besides the fulfilment and reward of knowing that we are helping to feed desperately hungry children, it is also helping us as individuals.   Being a volunteer at the Toti Kitchen enables us to join a ‘sandwich family that cares for the community and for us as individuals”.  Pat added: “It keeps us young and our minds busy and we have amazing fellowship and made so many friends!   My favourite is when we visit the schools and get to love and care for the children!” 

The preparation of the “sarmies” isn’t the exclusive preserve of the gentler sex. Andre Botes, a retired Seadoone Mall car guard, was adamant when he said: “A real man can rustle up a mean sandwich!” When Andre first got in touch with the Nutrition team, he was helped with food hampers until they were able to get him into a retirement home.  Making sandwiches is Andre’s way of giving back to the community.  Cheryl said: “We have ‘adopted’ him at Domino and this is really a picture of the saying that God sets the lonely in families. We are thrilled that Andre is part of our ‘extended family’!”

Cheryl said that the Nutrition Programme would love to give other members of the communities on the South Coast the chance to also be part of the answer to keeping children in school and developing well both physically and intellectually. Anyone who is interested in donating peanut butter for these sarmies or finding out the roles they could play are welcome to contact her on 083 201 0554 or nutritionsouth@domino.org.za.

#lonelynomore #menspreadingbread

Caption: Male volunteers spreading the peanut butter at The Domino Foundation’s Nutrition programme’s kitchen in Toti: (lleft to right) Tim Dann; Calvin van der Merwe and Andre Botes.

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