CoCo's Foundation - Natalie's proudest achievement
June 16, 2017
CoCo's Foundation is a registered UK charity who inspire teenagers and young people so they can support and help orphaned children communities within the poorest areas in South Africa.
Through working with international companies, UK schools, community groups and individual volunteers the foundation aim to deliver each child's basic needs: food, water, shelter and professional emotional support.
I first heard about CoCo's Foundation in 2011 through the the man who makes it happen, Chris Connors. Like myself, Chris is a hairdresser. He owns 3 salons and also works tirelessly for the foundation.
Chris came in to the salon to explain to our team what CoCo's was all about. He showed us a video and photos of previous trips and I knew straight away that I wanted to be involved.
As a team we then had the challenge of raising £17,600 to send 8 of us over in 2012. We managed to raise the money through various fundraising events such as race nights, school disco night, sponsored walks, cake sales and a black tie ball.
After my first trip in 2012 i knew i needed to go back, so I set about raising the money myself and achieved this through more cake sales, a charity leg wax for men, climbing mount snowdon and doing a skydive!
To date we have almost raised £28,000 for CoCo's and continue to do so.
I have now been on three amazing trips to South Africa with CoCo's each one being different form the last.
Whilst there we stay in the Kwazulu National Region with a married couple Rachel and Victor, who kindly open their home to 8-10 volunteers!
Over the 17 days we work with local builders to build two homes for two different child - headed families. The homes are very basic with just two rooms, but for the children it is a safe place. We also deliver food parcels to other families in need, take children to buy them new school uniform and spend an afternoon playing and interacting with the children at an after school club.
Volunteering with CoCo's Foundation is one of my proudest achievements and I will continue to walk with them for as long as I can.
"As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world for one person."