LEPHALALE — Lephalale resident, Rina van Schalkwyk who also wears the crown of Mrs Grand SA 2016, founded the Reinhardt Drewel Foundation SA (RDF SA), a non-profit organisation, in 2015. It is in itself a great achievement, but now she has also recently received the good news that RDF SA is nominated as one of South Africa’s top 100 difference makers in South Africa!
Rina says the tragic drowning of the three year old Reinhardt Drewel in February 2015 in his family pool, touched her deeply and that is where the idea of the foundation originated.
“The impact when a child drowns or is disabled due to non-fatal drowning is immense. Preventable fatalities can leave families with permanent emotional scars and hospitalisation can leave children with damage so severe they need life-long care.”
“I am an ordinary woman who sincerely believes that every person is created for a special, unique purpose and possesses unlimited potential to make a real difference in his or her home and broader community. Thank you Julie B Steynberg, the Executive Director for Difference Makers SA, for the nomination and allowing me this opportunity and platform to contribute in Changing Lives Making a difference. Thank you for the faith you have in us here in SA and providing us with an entity as valuable and as loveable as this. I humbly say thank you, I am honoured. I am so glad to be introduced to DMI-SA. I love the idea of the Blue Ribbon to Pay the Love forward. I am deeply touched, I wish you well and I wish you all the blessing with DMI-SA. I already feel like part of the family here at DMI-SA” Rina says. “I’m so excited and incredibly grateful for the platform! I believe with all my heart that God has opened this door and I am so grateful for the extra awareness not only for RDF SA, but also for the three children who have been identified and are disabled due to drowning and sorely need help”.
RDF SA is South Africa’s first registered NPC (2016/068951/08) targeting National Drowning Prevention Awareness & Campaigns, Education Programmes and the only Charity in South Africa that supports children disabled by non-fatal (near) drowning or other associated Cerebral Hypoxic injury. RDF SA recently entered into Medical Partnership with ER24 EMS Pty Ltd and has Drowning Prevention Associated Membership with Lifesaving South Africa.
You can support Rina and RDF SA by going to the Facebook page of Difference Makers SA and like, comment and share her photo. It all counts as votes.