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The ACSA Expo

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2010 at 11:42 am

The ACSA Lifestyle Expo focuses on the empowerment of people with disabilities. Epilepsy South Africa will showcase their services at the exhibition to inform the public that there is help for people with epilepsy.

Casual Day was successful

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2010 at 10:04 am

Casual Day was celebrated by everyone at Epilepsy South Africa on Friday, 3 September 2010. A lot of fun was had, just have a look at the costumes!

Have a laugh this Casual Day!

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2010 at 7:12 am

The first Friday of every September is Causal Day. This year, many South Africans will dress up and differently to celebrate this special day on the 3rd of September 2010.

The theme is Dress for Laughs – dress in something quirky that might stir anything from a shy giggle to outrageous laughter! Be a sport, show your support.

Through the years, Casual Day has grown into one of the biggest fundraising and awareness projects for persons with disabilities. All you need to do is donate R 10 to receive a Casual Day sticker, then dress up on the 3rd of September and wear your sticker with pride.

To order your stickers today, e-mail fundraising.no@epilepsy.org.za in support of Epilepsy South Africa through the Casual Day initiative.

Go all out this Casual Day! It’s for a good cause.

Epilepsy Newsletter – August 2010

In Uncategorized on September 3, 2010 at 6:04 am
Dear Valued Subscriber to the Epilepsy South Africa Newsletter


 

We would like to apologise for this month’s belated newsletter and would like to bring it to your attention that from now on, The ESA Newsletter will be sent our on the 15th of every month. Thank you for understanding, please enjoy the read.

In this edition you will read all about the creative projects and programmes within Epilepsy South Africa, nationally. We have included information about employment agencies that support people with disabilities. Our Free State Branch now offers complimentary therapy to their residential care clients through the Caring Friends Therapy Dogs programme, resulting in a very positive impact on their disabled residents.

The National Office will host their first Women Entrepreneurship Development course in August 2010, while our Gauteng Branch has completed the successful recording of 13 television interviews for DSTV Channel 114, to create more awareness about epilepsy through education. Miss South Africa, Ms. Nicole Flint, now supports Epilepsy South Africa and the work we do. Our Branches also do their bit to support the bigger community. The Free State Branch offers entrepreneurial development training to prisoners leading up to their release. The aim of this training is to skill the prisoners to establish their own businesses as an alternative to reverting to crime. Our Mpumalanga & Limpopo Branch also supported a local primary school with a fundraising event. It really feels great not just to be on the receiving end of people’s goodwill, but also to give to others and assist in making our bigger communities a better place for all.

Nationally, the organisation is focussing on raising much needed funds for our programmes and facilities. You will read about the Dinner Dance that our Mpumalanga Branch is planning for August 2010, the Chef’s Cook-out hosted by our Free State Branch and all the hard work within the organisation aimed at selling Casual Day stickers! We also welcome our new personnel members within the organisation and wish them well in their respective positions. Sadly, we also had to bid farewell to our National Marketer & PRO. You will also note that all our Branches and the National Office are preparing to host their respective AGM’s during the months of August and September 2010. If you wish to attend these meetings, please contact your closest Epilepsy SA Branch by phoning 0860 EPILEPSY (0860 374537).

Regards Noëline de Goede

August E-news Contents:

NATIONAL OFFICE NEWS

NATIONAL OFFICE NEWS
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For some years, the National Office has been working towards achieving our dream of offering quality, yet affordable training to our fellow non-profit organisations, as well as developing an additional income stream through our training services. This dream has now become a reality with the National Office launching its training division in August 2010 through hosting a Women Entrepreneurship Development programme. This new development will enable us to host approximately 30 training programmes, but also to rent out our facilities for training events and meetings. For more information, contact Marina Clarke on (021) 595-4900 economicdev.no@epilepsy.org.za . Sadly, we had to bid farewell at the end of July to Drikie Snyman, our National Marketer and PRO . We wish Drikie well in her future career and thank her for the positive impact she has left behind. We also welcome Melanie Lubbe, who took up employment in July 2010 as Personal Assistant to the National Director.

INTERESTING THERAPY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

INTERESTING THERAPY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
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Therapy incorporating dogs are better known overseas and are being used at hospitals, retirement homes, centres for people with disabilities, schools and after disasters to provide emotional release and sensory stimulation. Epilepsy South Africa’s Free State and North West Branch in Parys is visited every second week by our four legged friends from Vanderbijlpark. These friends call themselves the Caring Friends Therapy Dogs (CFTD). Apart from the pleasure and relaxation that the dogs provide to the residents, they also provide an interesting service: they help improve the fine motoric functions, concentration, and knowledge of depth and colour. The self-esteem and self-motivation improves and lead to faster reaction. The advantage of this therapy is that you can work with people that would not otherwise have been reached. The results can already be seen in the behaviour of our residents as they are calmer and more forthcoming to visitors and other residents. The residents with muscle spasms have also made progress pertaining to movement of limbs, memory and coordination. To invite CTFD to your organisation and reap the benefits that these therapy dogs provide, contact Petra du Toit at 082 6276 201 or email her caringfriends@axxes.co.za. CTFD is a non-profit organisation and appreciates all donations.

BULLY BEEF AND CAPERS BOWL THE CHEFS OUT IN THEIR BATTLE BEHIND THE POTS

BULLY BEEF AND CAPERS BOWL THE CHEFS OUT IN THEIR BATTLE BEHIND THE POTS
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 To prepare a tasty beef fillet may look easy, but combined with bully beef and capers, it’s no walk in the park. This was the challenge that was put to eight chefs of Parys on 6 July 2010. The chefs did not know what ingredients to expect, as all they were allowed to bring was their choice of herbs and spices. This caused must anticipation amongst the excited chefs! The chefs prepared their tables from early the morning, to have it perfect for their soon-to-arrive guests. When the clock struck 16:00, the chefs hit the kitchen to prepare their three course meals with their ingredients they received from our judges: Elzabe Zietsman, Herman Lensing (food editor of Sarie magazine) and Melanie von Steen (Station manager of Overvaal Stereo). The rules were straight forward: Use all your meats and the capers, the chefs and the guests must have fun and as it was a fundraising project, bribery was legal if the money was right! The teams that took part were: Khaya Ibubesi, Stonehenge 1, Stonehenge 2, Montgolfiers, Feast, The Grill, La Petit Paris and Gary Westwood (our Branch Director). At the end of the delightful evening, Epilepsy SA made new friends, accumulated donations and managed to host a marvellous event. The Best Table and Best Starter went to Dirk and Laurika Odendal of The Grill, The Best Main and Desert and Overall award went to Shawn Bosch and Carlos Pintos from Khaya Ibubesi. The Best Assistant was Carla Tevens from La Petit Paris. Fines were given to the chef (that we will not mention) who googled his recipes, to Shawn for being arrogant, calling Elzabe “Tannie “and “Mevrou”, to La Petit Paris for using a young chef, to Stonehenge 2 for being too friendly and Montgolfiers for talking the whole time. At the auction, we had lots of fun while raising R 16,000 with this project. Next year the event will take place at Stonehenge and promises to be even bigger and better! This project was such a successful, thanks to our sponsors: Weiveld School, Almur Smith, Plum Tree, Pickled Pig, Wynnwith Dairy, Clover Lichtenburg, Tiger Brands Randfontein, Overland Klerksdorp, Foodmaster Kroonstad, Egweni, Sarie, Beeld, Overvaal Stereo, Peter Papavarnavas, Ruby’s, Ocean Basket, Milkman’s Choice, Leopard’s Leap, Spar, Oranje Potteries, Elzabe Zietsman and m4m Marketing.

NEW MANAGER AT THE DOME BUSINESS HUB

NEW MANAGER AT THE DOME BUSINESS HUB
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The Dome Business Hub became a very successful venture for the clients of Epilepsy South Africa, as it offered a retail outlet for their arts and crafts, while attracting tourists visiting Parys. The bakery expanded by acquiring a second oven and a breadslicer. As the business expanded, we also needed a new manager to take the bakery to the next level of excellence. We welcome Percy Ueckerman, a food fundi with a track record that covers being a chef to working in bakeries!

TRAINING FOR PRISONERS

TRAINING FOR PRISONERS
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How does one improve your services while ensuring that you make a difference in people’s lives? With the SIYB training that Elvis Mhlahlo and Bongani Ntshingila offer in the Free State, Epilepsy South Africa is making THAT difference! A change meeting between the Free State and North West Branch of Epilepsy SA, as well as a social worker employed by the Groenpunt Prison, resulted in entrepreneurial training being offered to 11 inmates who are due for release in the near future. The aim of this training is to uplift the participants with business skills so that they can start their own business and earn a legal income to prevent them from falling back into crime. We wish Elvis and Bongani success with their training and we know that this will help make South Africa a better place – not only for the 11 participants in this wonderful project, but also for their communities.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MPUMALANGA?
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July has been such a busy month – preparing for our AGM, the renowned Dinner Dance in Dullstroom coming up in August, as well as Casual Day (creeping up on us)! The Dullstroom Workshop has been on the go, very busy with the on-going tiling of the centre project AND might I add, LOOKING VERY GOOD! The workshop is also currently busy with the renovation of a garden cottage on our premises that we plan to rent out as additional income for our residential centre. We also received a donation of 48 bags of potato seed that our workshop is busy planting in the vegetable garden. Some of the seed was sent to the Elandsdoorn Centre where the workshop will be responsible for planting. Lastly, the workshop has also been supported by a local group of ladies who call themselves “The Ladies Lunch Club” who donated 40 new overalls and a hundred dust masks. On the last Saturday of the month, we hosted a Women’s Day function together with our local “Helping Hands” organisation to raise funds for an educational tour of the Hambanathi Primary School in September. It was a great feeling to be a sponsor, instead of the organisation on the receiving end! We are hoping that supporting the event will endorse our image as an organisation that is a pillar in our local community. The morning had a musical theme and lots of lucky draw prizes, especially for women. The prizes included beauty salon and hairdressing vouchers. Our lady residents enjoyed the morning and we also had an ensemble consisting of eight of our ladies taking part. In our next newsletter, we will be sure to update you on the success of the Dinner Dance and our AGM. Please contact Riette or Elsa at the fundraising and marketing office with any queries on (013) 254-0161.

NEWS FROM GAUTENG – WHERE IT ALL HAPPENS!
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Education and Awareness

Let’s share the really exciting news… EPILEPSY SOUTH AFRICA has partnered with DSTV to explore epilepsy in an in-depth manner. A series of 13 interviews on different aspects of epilepsy will be aired on Channel 114 during the morning breakfast show “Good Morning Africa” from 07H00 to 07H45 and repeated on the same afternoons from 12H30 to 13H15.

This will give us 26 slots altogether. And guess what? It is absolutely FREE! Thank you DSTV. The first four interviews will be aired on Thursday, 12 August 2010, Monday, 16 August 2010, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 and Wednesday, 18 August 2010.

Annual General Meeting
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You are cordially invited to our AGM:

Date: Tuesday, 17th August 2010
Time: 18H00
Venue: Gauteng Regional Office
20 Orpiment Avenue
Dersley Springs
Gauteng

Please RSVP by contacting Hester on (011) 816-2040 or fax (011) 816-1501.

New Staff

New Staff
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We would like to welcome Trudie Pieterse, our new Bookkeeper, and hope that she will enjoy working with us.

Casual Day
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Our staff members are all hard at work selling Casual Day stickers. We challenge the other Branches and National Office – let us see who will take the floating trophy home this year.

Focus on Women
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In celebration of Women’s Day, two of our social workers will be attending a Women’s Entrepreneurship Development seminar hosted by our National Office in Cape Town.

Employment
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If you are a person with a disability seeking employment, send your CV to Melissa at consultant@bradshawleroux.co.za and Liz Murray at lizm@crs.co.za. They specialize in placing people with disabilities in various positions throughout South Africa. You can also register your CV and look for employment, learnerships and internships suitable for people with disabilities on http://www.jobaccess.co.za – a website exclusive to people with disabilities. In addition, the Services SETA hosts the Ibility Portal (www.ibility.org.za).

MISS SA SUPPORTS EPILEPSY SOUTH AFRICA!

MISS SA SUPPORTS EPILEPSY SOUTH AFRICA!

Epilepsy South Africa is not an ordinary charitable organisation. Whilst still respecting our industry sector, we are a dynamic team who aggressively pursue our goals to achieve tangible results in changing the lives of people with epilepsy and other disabilities. Part of our strategy is to align ourselves with entities with established, positive credibility and whose support benefits our organisation. The National Office had the recent opportunity to meet with Nicole Flint, Miss SA 2009 at the Grand West Casino and Entertainment World. Nicole has chosen to support Epilepsy South Africa and graciously allowed us to film her endorsement of our organisation. Not only that, she also agreed to leave personal messages for our partners and beneficiaries! Our experience with Nicole showed us a woman who deeply cares about her fellow South Africans, and her dedication to our organisation makes us proud to be associated with Miss South Africa. We will use Nicole’s messages and endorsement in support of our dedicated service to people with epilepsy and other disabilities in South Africa. Thank you Nicole, and good luck with the upcoming Miss World and Miss Universe pageants. You have already made us proud.