Motivated by her vision to create opportunities for children with special needs to achieve their full potential, Leoné was instrumental in establishing the Hope Ithemba Trust in 1999. As Administrator of the Trust, Leoné is responsible for all aspects of running the Trust which focuses on children with special needs and financially supports intervention programs for children with disabilities.
Leoné is also on the Board of ‘Children in the Wilderness,’ the community outreach programme of Africa’s widely acclaimed ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris, whose ethos is to develop and influence young environmental leaders to care for their natural heritage. The Children in the Wilderness programme is an environmental and life skills educational programme for children which aims to facilitate sustainable conservation focusing on the next generation of decision-makers, inspiring them to become the future custodians of Africa’s wildlife heritage.
In these 3 roles Leoné is able to live out her vision of fostering independence and personal growth in children; empowering them to reach beyond their limits and discover above all – hope.
Ed’s long career in the medical field has given him an in depth insight into the challenges faced by medical professionals across the country. He is a great example of a Camp Doc who brings humor and laughter to camp medical operations.
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.
I can with honesty say that I am loving the environment that I work in and enjoy seeing the difference that we as the Just Footprints Foundation leadership team make at our community outreach programmes and camps and the joy we can give them at camp especially for children with disabilities who are very close to my heart. I treasure every moment having these amazing kids at camp.
I am happily married to my high school sweetheart Carel who is a Professional Photographer and together we have two beautiful children my daughter Monique and my son Dylan.
I worked for over eight years for Department of Social Development at a centre for abused and abandoned children, youth and juveniles under the age of eighteen. I was working in the finance department but found myself in a very active roll on the multidisciplinary team of the centre. I got the opportunity to organize events for the children and dignitaries coming to the centre, which included Mr Thabo Mbeki, Mr and Mrs Sisulu, Mr Mandela and several other dignitaries. One of my proudest achievements at the centre was being the coordinator and main organizer for the centre library for the children, which was built from scratch, the library is still running to this day.
I was actively involved in several other projects and campaigns to uplift and assist citizens in our country.
To complement my passion for my community, I proudly joined the Just Footprints Foundation team as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator in 2017. I enjoy meeting and training new crew members. I find it an absolute privilege to be able to travel to different parts in South Africa to work on our outreach programme where a real difference is being made.
I am looking forward to many more exciting intentional adventures with Just Footprints Foundation.