THE AMAZING TEAM BEHIND ALL THE SMILES
DR. ED JOOSTE
Lindy Nieuwenhuizen is the Camp Director of Camp Footprints and Operations Director for Just Footprints Foundation since February 2010. The Just Footprints Foundation was founded in February 2008 specifically to meet the need for a unique outdoor educational camping experience that provides safe and secure adventures, at no cost, for children with serious health and life challenges.
Lindy has assisted in the Just Footprints Foundation’s developmental process since inception in 2007 and collaborated with the various role players in the establishment of the brand.
Officially joining Just Footprints Foundation in 2010, 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 as well as Operations Director for Just Footprints Foundation to ensure transparency and sustainable fundraising for camps.
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 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 the 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.
Fundraiser & Business Development Manager
- Honorary Member – Golden Key International Honour Society
- Paul Harris Fellow – Rotary International
Arthur Christopher Wrensch Willmot (known as Chris) born 24th February, 1945.
I attended Mowbray Primary School and Observatory Boys High School. I served as Captain of the school athletic team and played 1st team rugby for the school. I was also leader of the Christian Union at school.
In my matric year, 1963 I was appointed Head Prefect & Officer Commanding of the School Cadets. In that year my father died suddenly and I believe that as a result I failed my matric exams. I returned to the school in 1964 to redo my matric and I was once again appointed to the position of Head Prefect. I considered this to be a particular honour.
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 but I joined the Cape Provincial Administration Hospital services as a trainee prosthetist & orthotist at Red Cross Hospital. I had the hope that I would eventually be able to fund myself at Medical School. I qualified, after a 5 year learnership, as a Prosthetist & Orthotist in 1969.
In 1968 I married my wife, Vyvyan, and we have had a very happy 47 years of marriage which produced a son & daughter and now we have 5 grandchildren. I left the Cape Provincial Administration for better prospects in the medical engineering field, still hoping to realise my dream of becoming a medical doctor. However, this was not meant to be due to the costs involved in marriage and children.
Until 1992 I worked in various engineering positions including Contract Manager, Factory Manager and Engineering Sales Manager. In 1990 my wife and I founded Lifeboat Ministries, a Christian ministry which assisted people who were in dire need materially or emotionally. During this time I started my own furniture manufacturing business, called ‘Cottage Living’ which was successful for 7 years.
In 1999, having received a calling to do mission work in Tete, Mozambique, my wife and I closed our furniture business and left for Mozambique. I believed that through my training in orthopaedics, I would be able to assist with the needs of war victims while ministering to them. This outcome did not materialise on a long term basis as the Government Authorities in Mozambique blocked us at every turn as they felt that they did not require any aid. We had in the meantime developed a strong relationship with the Nampula City Mission which ministered to 25,000 abandoned & orphaned children living on the streets and in deserted buildings. I returned to Nampula (Northern Mozambique) 3 times and also to Tete during which time I ministered to children on the streets and assisted with the provision of medical attention to adults and children who were living permanently on city dumps.
I was part of a group connected with the youth from the Baptist Church, Somerset West who built a prefabricated wooden schoolroom in Somerset West and transported it with crates of food and clothing to Nampula on a 10 ton truck. For medical reasons I was advised to cease my involvement with the work in Mozambique.
In 2002 I turned my attention to the children in and around the Helderberg basin. After considerable investigation and discussion, 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 left after 11 years due to irreconcilable differences, which caused me great disappointment and distress.
I am currently working full time as the Fund Raiser and Business Development Manager for the Just Footprints Foundation. This is an organisation which is directly related to The Serious Fun for Kids organisation in the U.S.A. and which was founded by the Late Paul Newman. We provide fun-filled & uplifting camps for children whose lives have been interrupted by cancer & serious illnesses or other life challenges. (www.justfootprints.org.za)
At the same time I am 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 have recently completed our first project and have fitted & supplied a hand to a man who supports 8 people on a gardener’s wage. He was born without one hand and has worked with only one hand in peoples gardens for many years. 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.
During the period 2002 – 2016 I have been involved on various levels with the following community projects:
- Macassar Community & Daycare Centre
- Eagles Rising Youth Development Programme, Sir Lowry’s Pass
- Phambili Community & Youth Centre (Founding Chairman 2003 – 2004) – Strand
- Nceduluntu Sanctuary Trust 2002 – 2013Co-founder & Director of Fundraising & Development
- The Just Footprints Foundation (Fundraiser & Business Development Manager)
- Robohand Working Group (www.robohand.net)