Friday, August 12, 2011

Awesome women to support!

If you listen to the show, and specifically to Kim's Corner, you'll know I do a rather cool feature called Youngblood 5. It's 5FM's way of giving back to the community, and helping awesome causes in SA.

Obviously, being Women's Month and all, i focused on some rather spectacular women. Each of them has survived and fought to make SA a better country. And they've made incredibly positive things come out of trauma and difficulty.

First up, there's Hip Op Granny, Aggie Hatrick, wife of Jerry Hatrick. She's a cool old bird who needs help for her pals at Rand Aid Retirement home in Edenvale. Full of spunk! Become her friend on facebook to find out more about Rand Aid, and her, and follow her on twitter for her hilarious quips.

I then spoke to a young woman who really proves how big the human heart can be. Kirsty Watts was only 14 when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Even though she was going through weeks of chemo, radiation and invasive operations, she looked at the other kids around her and wanted to help them. And so the Kirsty watts Foundation was born, Kids Helping Kids! Check out all the amazing work Kirst and her foundation do!

Speaking to Jes Foord probably welled up the most emotional response I've had to any of the causes I've featured on YB5. At only 23, she has turned around the horrifying experience of being gang raped in front of her father, into a safe, comforting place for rape survivors. Having been through the experience, she knows exactly what kind of help a woman needs after being raped, and has created a haven for survivors to go to. Find out more about her incredible work here.

Our last amazing lady to be featured in August is Leanne Opperman, who started Krazee for Kripples. She suffers from one of the rare forms of muscular dystrophy. Despite her limitations, Leanne is a total adrenaline junky, and sees no reason why people in wheelchairs can't jump out of planes and drift 'round race tracks! And while she's doing her crazy stunts, she's raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. Check out her Facebook page.

Click to follow Jes Foord, Hip Op Granny and Krazee 4 Kripples on Twitter.

To find a cause that you'd like to put your heart into, check out 5FM's Youngblood 5 page.

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