Dear TROUBLE followers

You’ve done it again!! We managed to reach our target of R 65 200 (due to radical changes in the exchange rate, we needed less in Euro ((3 275€)) than originally calculated). This means that Jenny’s expenses for 2024 are covered – and that she has a large chunk of money towards a new wheelchair.

A heartfelt, humble, THANK YOU to every single one of our sponsors who supported us in these complicated times. It is wonderful to be able to rely on a swarm like you. THANK YOU!!!


The cookies and bookmarkshave become all-time favourites, so we went with them again. THANK YOU TO ANNE AND HER MOM who took over the baking when I got sick. That was really touching – and boy, did they churn out the goodies!

The Prizes this year are:

– 3 big packets of yummy mixed cookies

– 5 small packets of yummy mixed cookies

– 5 funky bookmarks with Jenny’s motto: “Never give up!”

My troublesome helpers assisted me in the prize-draw again (though this year we took a sock instead of a hat).

And the winners are:

Three BIG mixed-cookie bags:
1. Martin
2. Cynthia
3. Patricia

Five MEDIUM mixed cookie bags
1. Kerstin
2. Carlo
3. Valentin
4. Elfriede
5. Alex

Five funky bookmarks
1. Anne
2. Teresa
3. Milena
4. Nina
5. Ms Hirth

Congratulations to all of our winners! I will be in touch with you over the next few days about your prizes!!

The fundraiser is dead – LONG LIVE THE FUNDRAISER!!

That is to say: if you were planning to still make a contribution, please do. Extra cash allows Jenny to take care of unexpected costs that are normally caused by medical emergencies, or her wheelchair, phone or computer (all of which have to be adapted to her special needs- making them really expensive.) We don’t want to set the fundraiser goals too high, but unfortunately it means that she’s always on a very tight budget. You can pay money into any of the accounts listed in the fundraiser mail, the money from Germany gets transferred to Jenny every 2-3 months. (One of our sponsors decided that Nov/Dec is a bad time of year for her, so now she transfers money at Valentines Day! Any time is a good time for TROUBLE!)

Again – thank you to everyone who contributed so generously. God bless. We’ll be back with another fundraiser next year!

Till then, have a lovely Christmas season.

All the best,

from Jenny Symons a.k.a. TROUBLE

and Yvette Coetzee-Hannemann (Friend, Fan and Funding Co-ordinator.)

Fundraiser extended by one week!

Dear Trouble-Troopers

You guys are AMAZING!! Donations have been flooding in, especially the last few days. A lot of it is still in mid-transfer, so we don’t know exactly what the numbers are, but we’ve definitely cracked the 45 300 Rand mark.


This means we have raised enough money to support Jenny through 2024 – and that is really wonderful! Thank you!!!

With that, we have already achieved our main aim. But – this year we also set out to raise money for a new wheelchair that she desperately needs. So we’re going into extra time!

We’re extending the fundraiser by one week – till 07 December.

And we’re combining it with a challenge, but more about that later….

We’ve still got about another R 16 250 to go. So, if you’ve been meaning to make a transfer, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE. And remember: No amount is too small! It all adds up in the end. You can transfer directly to our paypal account:

Paypal Account:

If you’d like banking details for South Africa or Germany, or if you want to spread your contribution out with a monthly contribution, write us at

NEWSFLASH: for those living in Germany: the deadline for the Lucky Draw is also being pushed back to 7 December.

The preparationsare in full swing: the traditional family-recipe Pfefferkuchen dough has been resting for 2 days, so it will be ready when the serious baking begins tomorrow (at this point, a warm thank you to Anne and her Mom who are helping with the baking – and even offered their kitchen!).

So – don’t miss your chance to win one of our yummy prizes!


The challenge is based on this iconic picture of Jenny with the numberplate for her wheelchair.

Taking your inspiration from that, we’d like YOU to show us YOUR wheels. What gives you a sense of freedom? Which wheels couldn’t you (or wouldn’t you want to) live without? Send us a picture, ideally with you in it holding a TROUBLE numberplate like Jenny’s or an “I love TROUBLE” sign to show your support for Jenny’s new set of wheels.

Here’s an idea of what we mean. This is the Black Plastic Motorcycle Gang (thank you Petrus for the amazing photo!):

The sign is missing, but you get the gist…these boys love their wheels! But do they love them more than you love yours? The race is on!

E-mail us your pics – – and we will post them on the website (yes, we know that is really old school, but we’re doing our best here…).

Feel free to pass this E-mail on to anyone who might be interested. To find out more about Jenny, her finances or the fundraiser, feel free to browse our website.

We can make it. As you all know from football, a LOT can happen in extra time 🙂