Granny Mouse is my #InspirationForTheNation this April!

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is my #InspirationForTheNation this April! This is why: 

5 Chefs, 5 courses, 5 wines, all for a good cause!

Granny Mouse Country House and Spa is appealing to the public to get involved in their fundraising initiative for Heritage House PreschoolHowick, which is set to take place on Monday, 2nd April 2018 from 17h30

“Join us in a night of community outreach for one night only; all for Heritage House Pre-School,” said Sean Granger, General Manager of Granny Mouse Country House and Spa.

The event will showcase 5 chefs, a 5-course dinner as well as 5 wines and fabulous spot prizes, all for a good cause.

1st course will feature Smoked Duck Ice Cream, Orange Compote, Baby Potato Crisps with Pea Puree, Blueberries, Edible Flowers & Micro Greens prepared by Executive Culinary Artist Wayland Green (Granny Mouse Country House & Spa)

1st Course- Executive Culinary Artist Wayland Green

2nd course will be a Yorkshireman’s version of Samp & Beans, Wild Greens, Maas & Crispy Pulled Lambs Belly prepared by Head Chef Charlie Lakin (Camp Orchards Boutique Resort).

3rd course will feature a Trio of Heritage – Curried Line Fish served in a Pineapple Zulu Broth Crowned with a Savoury Squid Head Bobotie prepared by Chef & restaurant owner, Tim Lander (La Vita e)

4th course will be Grilled Midlands Beef, set upon a Vegetable & Potato Rosti with a Roasted Tomato & Fennel Chutney, served with Crumbed “Gourmet Greek” Black Brie, Marinated Artichokes & a Biltong Crisp, Drizzled with a Buchu Jus – prepared by Executive Chef Lorenzo Giliomee (Fordoun Hotel and Spa) (Vegetarian option available) 

4th course- Chef Lorenzo Giliomee

5th course is called Jou Ma Se Poeding” and features Butterscotch Banana Pannekoek with Melktert Macroons, Koeksister Ice Cream & Tamatie Konfyt Brule prepared by Chef and restaurant owner, Jen Pretorius (The Farmer’s Daughter)

All proceeds will go to the Heritage House Preschool which has been running for about 3 years and welcomes children from all backgrounds that live in and around the Midlands area. As with many schools there is a constant need to raise funds for maintenance and other unforeseen issues that crop up from time to time.

With charity, and the need to help others close to the hearts of the team at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa, they took it upon themselves to sponsor and host the evening at the hotel in an effort to raise funds for the school to show their support. They also made contact with Chef’s in the Midlands area and surrounds, as well as E by A for the décor, Hire Factor for the professional entertainment hire and music and KZN Wedding DJ’s for the photo booth – to provide lasting memories of another Midlands 1st!

We encourage everyone to book their seat at a cost of R800 per person for dinner or secure their stay over at Granny Mouse which includes the dinner at a cost of R3000 (per room). All rooms are set at the same price and are based on a 1st come 1st serve basis.

Email banqueting@grannymouse.co.za or call 033 234 4071 and speak to Veronica to make your booking or to make a donation. Seats are limited, so booking is essential.

Bank details for payments and donations are:

Heritage House Preschool (Pty)Ltd

FNB BANK

Account 6267 6854 831

Reference: Number on invoice

Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of full payment. Menus & Wines are set (vegetarian option available on 4th Course only).

No under 18’s. T’s & C’s apply.

Book now to help the cause!

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November & December #InspirationForTheNation

 

Oh, my goodness! It’s already November, and only 7 more weeks to go until 2018…eeek!

 

As we go into the festive season, it should be a time where we embrace not only our own friends and family but adopt a spirit of giving and embrace those that do not have, as well.

There are a number of campaigns on the go that focus on giving to the underprivileged. If you have not yet got involved, why not pay it forward this year and give a gift to someone who would otherwise not celebrate Christmas. This is my combined November & December #InspirationForTheNation.

Here are some ideas:

Santa Shoebox Project:

The Santa Shoebox Project collects and distributes gifts at Christmas time to underprivileged children throughout South Africa and Namibia.

There are many ways of getting involved. You can pledge a box, volunteer your time, become a sponsor or make a financial donation. Some of the deadlines for the collection of boxes may have passed fro your area, but visit their website to find out more.

If this is your first time, Suzelle DIY shows you how to pack a Santa Shoebox

East Coast Radio Toy Story:

East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game, now in its 17th year, will again provide joy through toys to thousands of children in government hospitals, children’s home and crèches across KwaZulu-Natal.

Find collection boxes at your nearest KZN Game store where you can donate a new toy.  These donated toys are then distributed at paediatric wards in state-owned facilities across the province. To get involved visit their website.

Feeding schemes:

Local churches around the country will be hosting feeding schemes. Why not visit your local church and see if you can get involved.

Spreading the Joy of Christmas:

Christmas is a time of celebration with family, but some of us do not have a family to celebrate with or do not have the funds to celebrate. Homes that care for the elderly are always requesting help from the community. Your kindness makes all the difference to someone who’s old, lonely and struggling to make ends meet on a small pension.

If you cannot physically spend the time, then why not make an online donation to help towards a Christmas Party for the elderly. Donate here

A simple invitation:

If you are having a big lunch with family, why not invite someone who does not have anyone to celebrate with and maybe get them a gift to feel appreciated.

Helping out:

Another idea is not for Christmas, but for the New Year. Park Boulevard Centre in Durban North is hosting a Back to School” stationery collection drive! For many school children living in impoverished areas, child-headed homes, or orphanages, a coloured pencil, crayon, Koki, exam pad or pencil case, is not something they always have access to, and some have never even owned one. Park Boulevard Centre is once again appealing to the community to dig into their children’s old stationery piles, or add on some extra pens and books onto the stationery list for next year, to help out those children who cannot help themselves, and who need these tools to be educated. The stationery can be donated at the collection boxes situated at selected Park Boulevard Centre stores from now until the end of November.

Whatever you decide to do, think with your heart this Christmas and spread a little joy.

 

September & October #InspirationForTheNation

This month’s #InspirationForTheNation is a combined one for both September and October.

I am highlighting a dear friend of mine, Brandon Jooste.

Brandon was born with a degenerative disease called spinal muscular atrophy and over the years his conditioned worsened, ultimately leaving him wheelchair-bound in his teenage years.

Although, now in his 30s, Brandon continues to reap the repercussions of the disease, but does not let this stop him. He drives an automatic vehicle, plays with his son, rides a stationary bike to stay active and keeps his arms in check by lifting weights. Brandon has also made a point of living his dreams, such as having recently entered into the Quads 4 Quads off-road adventure ride which will see him travelling from Durban to Johannesburg.

The event kicked off on 05 October 2017 and Brandon is flying the flag high for quadriplegics, with the help of sponsors such as Fabricon Engineering – who sponsored the quad bike- as well as Fox and Thor who sponsored his kit.

In order to capture all the action, Brandon was also equipped with two action cameras courtesy of Statio Property and MiView Digital 

 

Quads 4 Quads is now in 14th year and QASA is a very proud beneficiary.

The QuadPara Association of South Africa strives to prevent spinal cord injury, as well as protect and promote the interests of people with mobility impairments by formulating a national policy and strategy, to develop and ensure the full potential and quality of their lives.

The event is sure to be a challenge for all involved, but through the effort in preparing for the event, he, his family, friends and fellow riders are positive that he will complete the ride.

In a message posted on Facebook, he said: “Thank you all for the messages and support. The first day was incredibly tough with the elements, cold, windy and raining. We didn’t make it all the way but we are in Weenen and ready for tomorrow. Thank the Lord for keeping us safe and thank you all again for all the support. #fabricon#fox #thor #miview #quads4quads  #dbn2jhbinthedirt “

Best wishes my friend!

To keep updated with his progress visit: https://www.facebook.com/Team-Jooste-Quads-4-Quads-2017-227294387676917/ 

Pictures courtesy of Brandon Jooste’s Facebook page.

August #InspirationForTheNation

With so much ugly, cruel and negative news in the world, it is important for us to embrace anything positive (to not only retain hope in humanity but to be inspired too), like this amazing and proudly South African story.

Mndebele Mnotho is a five-year-old little boy from Newcastle in KZN who suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). He is my August #InspirationForTheNation. Read his story here

 

 

June #InspirationForTheNation

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Image courtesy of  http://staceyfru.co.za/index.php/about-us/

Be inspired this June by a 10-year-old South African girl. She has done so much with her life in only a few short years and is truly a human being we all can learn from.

Stacey Fru,  is a self-acclaimed published South African Author who has won multiple awards.

Hailing from Jozi, Fru wrote her first book Smelly Cats’ when she was 7 and this was without the knowledge of her parents. When she turned 8, her book was published.

By the time her second book Bob and the Snake was published, 9-year-old Fru was three times (multiple) award winner.

The synopsis of her book, Smelly Cats is as follows: It is about two cats who are cousins. It portrays the common challenges of different socio-religious and academic backgrounds as well as challenges posed by geographical locations to the two on a daily basis. Stacey’s book also depicts that even though the cats come from the same family, they are bound to have differences due to who they are. The constant fights are real reflections of daily lives. However, just like in real life, fights are a vital spice of life that do not last forever.

Awards include:

‘Smelly Cats’ is the 2016 NDA ‘Best ECD Publication 2015: Special Mention Category, prize donated by UNICEF.

She won 2 awards at ‘Young Leader 2016’ for her leading motivational and inspirational roles, and Academic Achievements and Initiatives 2016’ for her writings at the East Wave Radio Nelson Mandela International Community Day Leadership Award.

This young girl is passionate about writing and writes stories, essays, poems, speeches and attempts songs. She is also a guitarist and a ballerina. Apart from this, she still finds time to be a motivational and inspirational speaker

In August 2016, Fru became the Youngest Founding Member of Wits University Centre for Multilingual Education and Literacy.

Want to know more? Check out her website to preorder copies of her book or call directly on +27 82 548 6385 for copies or www.staceyfru.co.za or https://www.facebook.com/staceyfru

I hope you are feeling inspired to go out and reach your dreams!

May #InspirationForTheNation

This week, I heard a really inspiring story on the radio and wanted to share it with the Divinely Moulded readers.

My inspiration for May is Wandile Mthiyane, founder of Ubuntu Projects – Buy-A-Brick, Build-A-Home.

Wandile Mthiyane, founder of Ubuntu Design Group, grew up in the shanty towns of Durban, South Africa, and always dreamed of returning to make a difference in his home town. When the Ethekwini Municipality afforded him an opportunity to study at Andrews University, located in Michigan, USA, he was finally able to meet like-minded peers and make this lifelong dream a reality.

With this urgency and desire to help his South African community, Wandile found opportunities to learn from his professors and classmates about engaging his passion for architecture while using these skills as a tool to empower shanty towns back home. This was the birth of Ubuntu Design Group.

From there Wandile was afforded the opportunity to present his “Half-House Project” during the One Young World Resolution Project Summit in Bankgok, Thailand in [2015]. He was awarded a fellowship along with start up funding for Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Projects is currently working on a project to build Mr and Mrs Mtshali a handicapped-friendy home in Umbumbulu, and they need South Africa’s support to help this family and many other disadvantaged families in the country.

People can get involved through donating materials, labour, and money. Construction started in March.

To contact Wandile, you can find him on Facebook. #BuyABrickBuildAHome.

To read more visit: East Coast Radio #HeartStuff

April #InspirationForTheNation

It’s April and once again at the start of every new month, I share with you something truly inspiring.

For those of you that have heard of Bear Grylls, you are aware that he is an Adventurer and has been filmed in numerous TV series that showcase him in dangerous situations (and teaching survival) – the most popular of which is Man vs. Wild.

This man is a true inspiration – not only for all that he has accomplished but for his beliefs, faith and love for his family as well.

This month, Bear Grylls is my #InspirationForTheNation. I say this because I was recently told to read an article about him and it brought me to tears and I wanted to share his inspirational story with you – so that you too could be inspired.

Read it here: http://qpolitical.com/1-bear-grylls-shares-the-heartbreaking-story-that-led-to-his-faith-in-jesus-christ/ 

Stay Inspired!