handed over to beneficiaries
ton bottle tops
ton bread tags
and growing by the day
THE NEEDThe wheelchair is one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing personal mobility, yet, thousands of South Africans remain bed-ridden, rely on family members to carry them around or turn to unsafe and uncomfortable home-made alternatives. We believe that a wheelchair is a basic human right.
OUR MISSIONInspired by a love for our country and its people, The sweethearts Foundation allows passionate South Africans to uplift the lives of less fortunate people in our communities. Our mission is to provide wheelchairs to those who need them most to give them independence and be an invaluable member of their community.
WHAT WE DOTogether with the support of corporates, schools and volunteers, the sweethearts provide wheelchairs to those in need through the Tops & Tags initiative where plastic bottle tops and bread tags are recycled in exchange for wheelchairs. Generous donations maximise our impact and allow children to receive customised wheelchairs.
"Our vision is to provide hope in the face of harsh circumstances, make a difference to the people of our home, our South Africa, and to be a vehicle for change."
In a short amount of time with limited resources the sweethearts have reached some incredible milestones.
2009Tops & TagsVolunteers start teaming up to collaborate with the "Tops & Tags" and "Breadtags for Wheelchairs" initiatives which collects and recycles bread tags and plastic bottle tops in exchange for wheelchairs.
2013The Johannesburg Mini Council joins the sweetheartsThe first organisation joins us and becomes an Honorary Member.
2013Handover 1st wheelchairDora Williams is the first beneficiary of a wheelchair on Valentine's Day and leads us to naming ourselves "the sweethearts".
2014NPO RegistrationThe sweethearts Foundation becomes an official Non-Profit Organisation.
2016100th wheelchairSarah Ledwaba is the 100th beneficiary of a wheelchair.
2017250th wheelchairRedewaan Jacobs receives his wheelchair.