THE AMAZING TEAM BEHIND ALL THE SMILES
DR. ED JOOSTE
Executive Director Operations
Officially joining Just Footprints Foundation in 2010, Lindy has assisted in Just Footprints Foundation’s developmental process since inception and collaborated with the various role players in the establishment of the brand. Lindy came on board to develop the fundraising portfolio working alongside the Chairperson. She then took over the portfolio of Camp Director of Camp Footprints and led this process through the teething stages of the first camps to the successful completion of 79 camps hosting 3843 children by end 2017.
Lindy believes in working together with other Non-Profit Organisations and striving for the greater good of each child and organisation. She also believes that collaboration and support goes a long way in the non-profit arena in which she works. A strong work ethic ensures that each child has the opportunity to have an amazing camp experience and learn life and sports skills as well as environmental awareness through participation in the Camp Footprints programme.
Lindy’s experience started out at Cotlands. In August of 1998 she was appointed as the marketing secretary to the fundraising manager and throughout her 12 years at the organisation she took on many different positions within Cotlands such as Public Relations and Marketing Manager; Cause Related Marketing and Promotional Product Manager and Business Venture Manager. She believes that through this experience she was able to learn and take this knowledge and passion for children through to Just Footprints Foundation and Camp Footprints.
In her personal time Lindy volunteers for a number of organisations which include The Leopard Conservation Project, Children in the Wilderness and Wildcon Safaris and Events.
LIZE VAN VUUREN
Business Development Manager
For as long as I can remember I had the ambition of one day qualifying as a medical doctor. Due to financial constraints this was not possible and so joined the Cape Provincial Administration Hospital services as a trainee prosthetist & orthotist at Red Cross Children’s Hospital. I qualified as a Prosthetist & Orthotist in 1969.
I have always been drawn towards charitable and mission work which resulted in me working on a project in Tete, Mozambique where I offered my services and skill to assist the needs of war victims. I also developed a strong relationship with the Nampula City Mission which ministered to orphaned and abandoned children living on the streets and connected to a youth group from the Baptist Church in Somerset West who built a prefabricated wooden schoolroom and had it transported to Namibia with crates of food and clothing.
In 2002 I turned my attention to the children in and around the Helderberg basin. After considerable investigation, I looked into the shocking plight of abused and abandoned children living in the Nomzamo and Lwandle Townships, just outside Somerset West. I began working with various leaders in the Township and so it was that I co-founded the Nceduluntu Sanctuary Trust. I was responsible for the development and building of the Ikhayalethemba Village – a permanent home for approx. 60 children aged between infancy and 10 years of age.
I seem always to be drawn to children with challenges and now as the Business Development Manager for the Just Footprints Foundation, it is my pleasure to explore various avenues to raise funds to give children whose young lives have been interrupted by serious health and life challenges or disabilities, the opportunity to experience the fun of a Camp Footprints camp and to kick back and just be carefree kids again!
I am also partly involved as a volunteer with a working group called Robohand, which makes and supplies prosthetic hands to underprivileged people who have been born without a hand or have lost a hand. We recently completed our first project and have fitted & supplied a hand to a man who supports 8 people on a gardener’s wage. What a joy to be able to assist this man.
In 2004, I was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International for my work with disadvantaged children. In September, 2015 I was invited by Stellenbosch University to become an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. These were highlights in my life and a great honour.