Dear friends and supporters,
Please find in good order our very delayed February trip report to give you a perspective of how our trip went, as well as what we are up to at the moment and various other important changes that are happening.
Please everyone who knows, has ever met Hannes Botha our Golden Oldies hero and founder of the ZPSF, he needs our prayers and thoughts now more than ever. He has put up a brave fight against the Cancer but is at a critical stage. He has now been in hospital for more than 10 days. We love and appreciate you more than words can ever say .
While we are trying to keep a solid work schedule, this is also a crucial time for us as a family to spend time with Dad the “Boss”, so please understand there are delays but we are doing what we can to carry on at this time.
Words shared by Lionel Frost on Facebook- “Hannes Botha, ex-Northlean and founder of Zimbabwe Pensioner Support Fund, is critically ill in hospital.
Hannes underwent surgery for abdominal cancer in January 2021, and has had several rounds of chemotherapy since then. He has not been able to return to “active duty” during this time, but the work has not stopped. ZPSF continues to provide vital food, medical supplies, and pastoral care to their hundreds of clients in Zimbabwe, the effort ably led and coordinated by Hannes’ daughter Linda Botha Schultz, who is battling her own health issues all the while. They have ten trips planned for 2022.
Hannes has been a courageous and tireless worker for the impoverished elderly in his home country, and Linda is now asking for prayer on behalf of the family, their little army of volunteers, and their clients.”
As we have now entered a new financial year we are currently busy preparing for our double box April trip and this means bulking up on stock once again. We are also taking into account the current world crises and purchasing as cheap and as much as we can. This means sending up the stock to Zims in preparation for packing of the boxes. We have current purchased all the stock required for the upcoming trip except for Nespray powder milk, 2 Min Noodles and the Soya.
We are always on the lookout for volunteers to travel with us, get the hands on experience, grind the mill and get excited enough to promote our efforts. It is not good to travel these distances alone but the need is greater than the risk. Please avail yourselves and come along. It’s not a picnic or a holiday but you do have fun. We are also in desperate need of volunteer drivers for the trucks. Need a Code 14 license and valid PDP (Public Drivers Permit). Please we have run out of Wheelchairs, walking Aids and Crutches so please if you can help us with any of these items we would greatly appreciate it.
We are once again focusing on contingency plans for all the “incases” that could happen in Zimbabwe during 2022. We are keeping breast of the building tensions and delicate situation for the last while, so that we can plan our way forward. The situation in Zimbabwe is dire for everyone not just our pensioners, please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers. As everyone is more than well aware I am sure the cost of food has gone up dramatically over the past few years and we are constantly being contacted with new names of pensioners that desperately need our help. Your support is our sole source of income and we are doing the best we can with what we have, however we are at this stage just managing to support the current 1050 Golden oldies on our list. With so many still needing our help.
On behalf of the ZPSF and all our Golden Oldies we would like to take this opportunity to Thank Alice Short for her many years of faithful service towards our Golden Oldies. She has been absolutely amazing in helping with fund raising and then ensuring the funds get to SA safely and ready to be used towards our destitute Golden Oldies in Zimbabwe who struggle daily for survival. Alice started and registered the ZPSF-USA branch in 2014 as a measure to help the USA citizens receive a Tax Credit and maximise the support towards the pensioners. Running all the administrative duties, advertising, promotions, thank you letters, receipts, and money transfers by herself and for all of this we will forever be eternally grateful.
Over the years we have managed to grow the USA support base considerably, which means more aid going towards our Golden Oldies, and as time has gone by and the situation worsens the additional funding is a HUGE help.
We wish Alice all the best in her retirement and future endeavours.
Please join us along with Alice in welcoming the new team who will be taking over the running of USA branch of the ZPSF as of the 1st April 2022. We look forward to many years of working together in helping our Golden Oldies.
President, Caron Berryhill: email@example.com
Newsletter Director, Theresa Crow: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Director, David Serraino-Meade-meade: email@example.com
Admin Director, Bruce Kennedy
Our Various Banking Details:
Our Adopt a Golden Oldie SA worldwide general link https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=U89HDVRXALKXU
As per USA team – Recent changes to USA tax laws have resulted in significantly fewer individuals who benefit from the tax deduction. That means that for most of the USA donors, instead of sending donations to ZPSF-USA, they may as well send their funds directly to ZPSF and reduce one layer of PayPal fees.
ZIMBABWE PENSIONER SUPPORTER FUND
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
BRANCH CODE 270952
ACCOUNT NUMBER 62239042906
SWIFT CODE FIRNZAJJ
Please if you make a Donation to this account is you can send a mail to myself firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can send you an acknowledgement of Donation.
UK Account – Our NEW UK banking details:
ZIMBABWE PENSIONER SUPPORT FUND
Barclays Bank, West Swindon
Account No: 23398579
Swift Code is:BUKGB22
IBAN is: GB49 BUKB 20681523398579
Please if you make a Donation to this account is you can send a mail to Betiann at email@example.com so that she may send you an acknowledgement of Donation
ZIMBABWE PENSIONERS SUPPORT FUND – USA
A Registered 501(c)3 organization. TAX-deductible receipts available for USA donors.
Donations via Paypal, use the following link:
USA address to post cheques
PO Box 257,
The USA now has Venmo for easier payments.
To request additional information, or receipts, from 1 April 2022 please email Caron at firstname.lastname@example.org
Australia Account – Rhodesian Association of Western Australia
Rhodesian Association of WA
P & N Bank
BSB 806 015
Account No. 01811882
Please include name and ZPSF in the reference. Acknowledgement will be given in our quarterly newsletter. If a receipt is required, please let Doug know at email@example.com
We are an officially registered Non-Profit Organization and Section 21A in South Africa and are registered with SARS as a Public Benefit Organization in terms of section 18A the Income Tax Act (Which means all South African donations are issued with a Tax Certificate and can be claimed back). PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE A TAX CERTIFICATE STATING ALL YOU DONATIONS. They will be issued once our Financial Year End has been processed, so from about mid-April 2022. The following branches are registered sub branches of the ZPSF-SA, ZPSF-UK supporters can be issued with a Gift Aid Certificate via Betti-Ann McLean and the USA account is a Registered 501(c)3 organization and as such Tax-deductible receipts available for USA-ZPSF donors via Caron Berryhill.
Thank you so much for helping us support our “Golden Oldies” during these crazy times. Your support is invaluable and we at the ZPSF would never be able to sustain our regular supply of relief parcels if it were not for donations and support such as yours. All of this happens because of people like you, our Donors ensure our wheels keep turning, you are all truly amazing. THANK YOU and God Bless.
We hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us, ask your questions, check the references that we give you and then PLEASE support our old Rhodesian pensioners who have nowhere to go.
|Kind Regards |
Linda Schultz Director – Fund Raising & Awareness for the Zimbabwe Pensioner Support Fund
Phone 013 7900934 Cell 079 608 2676
Section 21 Co Reg. 2007/034036/08; NPO Number 096733; Section 18A PBO No 930031642 The 3 most important pillars of our cause:
UNIQUENESS – being one of a kind and knowing that the ZPSF is driven by good will and very passionate members.
TRANSPARENCY – enforcing the rule that all members must be fully informed before taking part in this noble venture.
ACCOUNTABILITY – Having a traceable paper trail for every cent handled, and regular revues conducted.