Everyday Hero: Bianca Marais

Cotlands Volunteer

Why is Bianca an Everyday Hero?

Bianca is more than just a volunteer at the Cotlands; she is a woman who refuses to let pain or suffering go unaided in the poorest of our communities.

It wasn’t enough just to help HIV/Aids orphans or start the Cotlands volunteer home-based care programme; she still had to do more for other disaffected community groups, like the unemployed and elderly.

That’s why she helped launch the Soweto Home Makeover Project and is wholeheartedly committed to assisting the 80 grannies make a skillful contribution to the Adopt-a-Granny Project.

In her own words.

“Don’t look at what needs to be done, look at what you can do. Even a little can have such far-reaching repercussions.”

Fast Facts

  • Cotlands was established in 1936 as a care centre for unwed mothers and their infants.
  • Today, Cotlands offers shelter for abused, abandoned, HIV-positive, orphaned and terminally ill children from birth to 14 years of age, as well as community-based services to vulnerable children in five provinces in South Africa.
  • In 1996, Cotlands started the first paediatric Aids hospice in South Africa, offering specialised paediatric palliative care 24 hours a day.

How can I learn more?

To learn more about the amazing team at Cotlands or how to become a volunteer, visit Cotlands.

Contact Cotlands in your area:

Gauteng
Tel: 011 683 7200
Fax: 011 683 6688
E-mail: info@cotlands.org

KwaZulu-Natal
Tel: 035 838 1948
E-mail: kzn@cotlands.org

Eastern Cape
Tel: 043 722 5365
Fax: 043 740 5333
E-mail: ecape@cotlands.org

Western Cape
Tel: 021 852 3527
Fax 021 852 9327
E-mail: monica@cotlands.org

Story published on SAinfo on 5 May 2008.
Source: Brand South Africa