A Day in the Life of a Matt’s Foundation Assistant


If you’ve ever considered charity work, but you have no idea where to start, here are some insights as to what it’s like to work with charities on a daily basis. Matt’s Foundation is a non-profit organisation, which aims to support underprivileged children in the Vaal Triangle. Meet two of Matt’s Foundation’s assistants, Ilza-Louise and Sharinda, and get the inside scoop of their daily charity duties, the ups, the downs and everything in between.

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Ilza-Louise at Matt’s Foundation’s Annual Golf Day 2013

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Sharinda having some fun on Mandela Day 2013

What does a typical day as a charity worker look like?

Ilza-Louise: “LOTS AND LOTS of admin! E-mailing and phone calls are always on the ‘to do’ list, liaising with the children’s homes, site-visits, collection, purchasing and distribution of goods and planning, planning, planning!”

What are your biggest struggles regarding your work?

Ilza-Louise: “Getting donations. It’s always a difficult task to get people and companies to invest into charity and this cause. We are so very grateful for the support we receive, and we wouldn’t be able to help the children without their assistance!”

Tell us more about some of your best moments…

Sharinda: “Every time we have the opportunity to give something to a child, and they receive it with a big smile, is a special moment!”

What is your favourite time or event of the year?

Sharinda: “The monthly cookie donations to the homes – something as small as a cookie can bring so much joy to a child.”

What are you looking forward to this year?

Ilza-Louise: “All of our special events still to come! The Potjiekos & Garage Sale Day, our Annual Golf Day, and of course the Christmas Drive!”

Do you need assistance / volunteers? What for?

Ilza-Louise: “We are always in need of volunteers to help with our many projects. Wrapping gifts, putting our stationery packs together, research projects and especially at our big events like the Potjiekos & Garage Sale Day and the Golf Day.”

Does working with children’s charities affect your personal life?

Sharina: “Yes definitely. You learn to appreciate what you have, and we’ve realise how blessed we really are.”

What is most rewarding about your job?

Sharinda: “To know that everything we do, we do for the benefit of these children.”

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**If you would like to donate food, clothes, goods or even your time to Matt’s Foundation, please contact Ilza-Louise on 016 420 2245 or helpus@mattsfoundation.co.za to help children in the Vaal Community ~ www.mattsfoundation.co.za

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