Letter of thanks from Jen to 2017 sponsors

NOVEMBER 2017

DEAR FRIENDS

YOU COMMITTED IN NOVEMBER 2016 TO SUPPORT ME FOR ONE YEAR SO THAT I COULD MOVE TO A NEW HOME – AND YOU HAVE KEPT YOUR PROMISE! WITH THIS LETTER, I WANT TO EXPRESS MY HEARTFELT THANKS AND APPRECIATION TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE KEPT ME FINANCIALLY ABLE TO LIVE HERE.

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING ME BACK TO CAPE TOWN – NEAR MY BROTHER & FRIENDS!

Jenny with her brother Mike on her birthday, Feb 2017

IT WAS CRUCIAL FOR ME TO BE CLOSE TO MY BROTHER IN APRIL. HE HAD ANOTHER 5 CANCEROUS GROWTHS CUT OUT OF HIS HEAD & NECK. IN AUGUST I HAD 4 GROWTHS ON MY NOSE, 3 MORE INSIDE MY NOSE, 2 ON MY CHEEK & 1 BELOW MY SHOULDER REMOVED. IT WAS WONDERFUL TO BE CLOSE TO MY BROTHER AND TO GIVE & RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM EACH OTHER.

I WON’T SAY MUCH ABOUT THE PREVIOUS HOME – SUFFICE TO SAY IT ALMOST BROKE ME – BUT MY NAME IS NOT “TROUBLE 01” FOR NOTHING!

THE OTHER HOME HAD 90-ODD RESIDENTS – THIS ONE HAS 40-ODD RESIDENTS. THERE’S A NURSING SISTER ON DUTY 24-HOURS – DAY & NIGHT, AND HIGHLY-TRAINED, COMPETENT CARERS. THERE ARE NO VISITING HOURS – PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME & GO FREELY.

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Watching the Geriatric Olympics

LET ME TRY TO GIVE YOU A GLIMPSE INTO MY LIFE: I SHARE A BEDROOM WITH AN ELDERLY LADY. FORMALLY AN OFFICE, THE COUNTER-TOP HAS MY COMPUTER, PRINTER, WHEELCHAIR CHARGER – AND I STILL HAVE SPACE. PHOTO’S ON THE WALL. HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

DURING MY YEAR HERE, I HAVE MET A LOT OF NEW PEOPLE AND MADE NEW FRIENDS. I’VE TAKEN PART IN A WHEEL CHAIR RACE – AND HAVE PRACTICED DANCING WITH MY WHEELCHAIR AND EVEN STANDING UP WHEN A MUSICIAN (WHO IS NOW MY FRIEND) CAME TO PLAY HERE.

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Me (on the right) dancing!! June 2017

I’D BE LYING IF I SAY FINANCES DON’T WORRY ME – OF COURSE THEY DO. AS WE ALL KNOW, EVERYTHING GETS MORE & MORE EXPENSIVE. I KNOW THERE WILL BE THE YEARLY INCREASE OF THE HOME IN JANUARY. BUT IT DOESN’T HELP TO PANIC – SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN TO KEEP ME HERE! IT BETTER – AS I’VE GOT NOWHERE ELSE TO GO!!!

BUT THERE’S ONE THING I REALLY WANT TO TELL YOU ALL: NEVER FEEL YOUR DONATION IS TOO SMALL – IT ALL ADDS UP. YES, MY BUDGET IS TIGHT, BUT EACH MONTH I SAVE WHAT I CAN & WHEN I HAVE ENOUGH I BUY NEW CLOTHING AND A LUXUARY COOL DRINK IN SUMMER & SOMETIMES EVEN AN ICE-CREAM!

ALL BAD FOR THE FIGURE!

WORDS CAN NEVER EXPRESS MY GRATTITUDE TO YOU ALL.

GOD BLESS YOU.

JENNY

(BETTER KNOWN AS “TROUBLE 01”

– AND PROUD OF IT!)

Ps. Click on the link below to watch me dance in my wheelchair. Abraham Darlow is singing – we’ve become good friends this year!

Jenny dancing wheelchair small

 

Picutes & winners from 2016 campaign

The winners of the 2016 “Here comes TROUBLE” lucky draw were informed by mail and have received their prizes.

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Here’s what was up for grabs:
Lots of cool reflector stuff to warn people around you in the dark: “Here comes TROUBLE!”

There were 49 names in the hat.

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And here are the lucky winners:

Smiley – Anhänger:
1 Anne
2 Karo
3 Suzi
4 Monika
5 Rebecca

Reflector straps:
1 Valo
2 Monika
3 Anne

Magnet Reflector Light
1 Suzi
2 Annette

There was also a surprize prize for the most generous sponsor (who wants to remain annonymous) – she received a reclector vest with “Here comes TROUBLE!” printed on the back (modelled here by a young TROUBLE fan)

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All in all, we received pledges from Germany for 115 € every month for the last year (added to that were pledges for R850 a month from South Africa, so that we collected more than R2 500 in regular contributions. The rest of Jenny’s costs were covered by one-off donations.)

Thank you again to everyone who contributed!! This campaign played a great part in giving Jenny a spot in a wonderful home for 2017.

Of course, we want to enable her to stay there in 2018 as well…so keep your eyes peeled- info about the new “TROUBLE’s here to stay” campaign will follow very soon!

 

Und hier eine deutsche Zusammenfassung:

Die Gewinner der “Here comes TROUBLE” Reflektor Gewinnspiel 2016 wurden per Mail informiert und haben ihre Preise längst erhalten. Auf den Fotos oben sieht man die Preise und die 49 Namen im Hut – die Gewinner sind aufgelistet.

Und es gab einen Überraschungspreis für unsere großzügigste Spenderin (die aber, wie ich glaube, Anonym bleiben will). Sie bekam eine coole Reflektorveste mit “Here comes TROUBLE” Aufdruck.

Wir haben 115 Euro an monatliche Zusagen in Deutschland gesammelt mit dieser Aktion (und in Südafrika haben wir auch bereits Zusagen für R850 im Monat – insgesamt waren das monatlich mehr als R 2500.

Vielen Dank noch mal an ALLEN für die grosszügige Spenden! Diese Aktion hat maßgeblich dazu beigetragen, dass Jenny 2017 in dem ganz tollen Heim in Kapstadt wohnen konnte.

Natürlich wollen wir ermöglichen, dass sie auch 2018 dort wohnen  kann. Deswegen folgt die neue Kampagnie, „TROUBLE is here to stay“ sehr bald…