A much needed break from “reality” took place together with our local colleagues at Skogheim Christian Centre, when GCF facilitated the last Social Work Forum for the year. Rewinding, debriefing and encouraging words mixed beautifully when meeting each other for the first time in a long time.
Hi Mareli. I bought 3 pairs to donate, but haven't identified who to donate to. I am happy to send to you via courier to hand out. I have 2 pairs boys size 13 and 1 pair boys size 12. I have another 2 vouchers so will go and buy 2 more pairs. Please just keep in mind that the Bata/Spar promotion only has boys shoes and only goes up to Size 1. So the smaller sizes. Stock is also low, so not surw what sizes I will be able to get for the other 2.
On 26 November 2012, Jan Oosthuizen and Mareli Schwartz signed on the dotted lines of their contracts and committed to always give their best to the organisation and serve the children in the centre, and their families. Today they celebrate their 8 year anniversary at GCF!
When we asked them about their journey at GCF, they were both very quick to tell us how much they've learned and grown in these past 8 years, especially this past year. "GCF is like a 'training school', I've learned a lot," said Jan. "It is so refreshing to meet and work with people who have the same heart as you, people who care about others. GCF also gives you freedom to use your imagination, be it to improve systems or procedures to work smarter, not harder, and the space and freedom to grow. I love it here." When asked to give one word, Jan chose MOTIVATION. "The people here motivate you to be better and to grow."
Mareli has made it very clear that she is never going to leave. Her journey started as Monica Woodhouse's Personal Assistant and she has now moved over to Marketing and Communications. "Working alongside Monica has been the most rewarding experience of my life," said Mareli. "I have learned and grown so much over the past 8 years, it is such a blessing, but difficult to put into words exactly how much GCF has meant to me. I absolutely LOVE my job, I love my colleagues, who have become my family, and I love and adore the children." When we asked Mareli what her one word would be, she chose GROWTH. "I am not the same person I was 8 years ago, but I'm also not the same person I was 1 year ago! I have grown so much and I am so grateful for that!"
We look forward to having you both here for another 8 (or many more) years!
Our children absolutely LOVE school and they can't wait for the next school year, they are that excited! Bless them.
GCF's Back2School Bag project kicks off today in partnership with Ramsgate Stationers! If you are doing your stationery shopping or would like to contribute or sponsor a bag, you will find our box on their counter, or you could make a donation with reference BACK2SCHOOL BAG via any of our options available on our website, www.gcf.org.za/donate/.
A very big THANK YOU to Ramsgate Stationers for giving us such great prices on our stationery.
The GCF Family, as we often call ourselves, has had a hard time to come together this year, but over the past two Wednesdays we have finally been able to connect. Our annual staff party, became two Corona-adapted parties in smaller groups than normal.
Perhaps we appreciated each other’s company a little extra, being able to catch up and share a great feast together. The laughter and dancing will stay with us for a long time.
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