Aled Jones MBE is delighted to announce that he is to become an Ambassador for The Winnie Mabaso Foundation. A charity working with vulnerable and orphaned children in South Africa. The Foundation is celebrating its 10th birthday this year and was founded by Aled’s friend Lisa Ashton who was also awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List. Aled said ‘I am honoured to become an ambassador for this amazing charity who I have long since supported – particularly in this their 10th year. Seeing the difference they are making in the community where they are based inspires me and I am over the moon to support them in this way.’
Our founder and CEO Lisa Ashton has just returned from a working trip to South Africa with Trustee Debra Foster.
The two had an enormously positive time working alongside Team Mabaso SA getting the new orphanage, Ilamula House, ready. Along with cleaning, painting and decorating they were able to interview potential staff and met with Social Services to talk about plans for the future.
These are very exciting times and we cannot wait for everything to be ready so we can begin moving the children in. Lisa is returning to SA later in November to complete the house and will report back on her return.
The Winnie Mabaso Foundation is delighted to announce that we have purchased a new orphanage close to Finetown. The new premises will become home to over 20 children with a second unit offering us the opportunity to home a further 5 children on a short term basis. We have possession of the house from August 1st 2013. Watch this space for updates!
Last year actor and film director David Morrissey visited Finetown with a charity that he established. CAST (The Creative Arts Schools Trust) worked alongside several of our local schools running creative workshops for the children and for the staff. We were extremely grateful to David, CAST CEO Emma Melati Wee and their team for the encouragement and inspiration they gave to our kids. It’s still the talk of the township!
David said “CAST came to Finetown last year and had an amazing time with the children there. The shows the children came up with were inspiring passionate and magical. I can’t wait to visit them again as soon as possible.”
Emma said “Our trip to Finetown was CAST’s biggest and most successful project to date. We were thrilled and excited by the work from the students and teachers which we’re looking forward to continuing. Thanks to a successful teachers’ network, ideas continue to develop and inspire the students of Finetown.”
Our Founder, Lisa Ashton was overwhelmed to be awarded an MBE for her services to children affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa in the News Years Honours List 2013. She is off to the Palace in May to collect her award.