Guardian Angels are known as a dynamic volunteer group – where you don’t sit around and wait for things to happen but we MAKE things happen. We have spread tremendously since starting on 15 January 2010, in Nelspruit. In our first two months our volunteers grew from 14 to 78 volunteers.
We were nominated for the Community Service Award by LCBT, Nelspruit in October 2010 at their Annual Awards Ceremony. As a runner up we were awarded R10 000 in recognition of our work.
Our article appeared in the October 2010 edition of JOY magazine, explaining how we started.
Celebrating our 1 year birthday (15 Jan 2010) we had a grand opening of our Head Office, just outside Nelspruit Mpumalanga and our Charity Shop.
In September 2011 we won the Local Here's competition through Nedbank Nelspruit and was awarded R10 000.
On Tuesday 17 April 2012 we opened our first Elderly Day Centre in a rural area outside Nelspruit, in Daantjie.
We have a long list of supporters in Nelspruit. All our office furniture, photo copier, printers, white boards, donation bins, shelving and chairs were donated by businesses in Nelspruit. Companies have selected us as their Charity of the year to support. The SPAR group is our biggest fan and we are very grateful to this very generous business that assists us in most of our branches.
We currently have branches in: Burgerfort, Daantjie, Dwaleni, Lydenburg, Malelane / Hectorspruit, Mtunzini, Nelspruit, Pretoria Moot, Sabie / Harmony Hill, Steelpoort, White River / Ncitini, Waterval Boven and our Head Office in Rockey’s Drift.
Guardian Angels White River
Guardian Angels White River is different from most other branches in our group in that wê also help needy elderly with food support and medical expenses. Funds permitting of course. Each branch is responsible for our own fund raisers and White River has numerous projects running this year.
When Ludi took over as branch coordinator in January of 2013 the branch consisted of 6 Angels, of which 4 was active. We have since grown the branch to 22 Angels. In White River we care for 23 elderly at this stage. Sadly we have lost 3 of our elderly from the beginning of this year. The White River branch also oversees the Ncitini outreach branch in management. At this stage, due to financial constraints and the huge need we have at our own branch, the support for the Ncitini outreach comes from Head Office.
White River elderly breakdown is: 4 Male and 19 Female. The Ncitini breakdown is: 69 Female.