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“Deep within each heart, there lies a magic spark that lights the fire of our imagination…”
Do you remember your childhood?
Playing with your friends, playing ball games, playing hide and seek?
Dreaming of what you would be when you grew up?
Remember dreaming of the home you would build, the family you would raise?
In South Africa today, there are thousands of children, whose only dream is to have a childhood without pain. Because of their medical condition, they are limited to being bedridden or wheelchair bound and many of them may never reach adulthood.
At Reach For A Dream every day is spent working with children between the ages of 3 and 18 who are fighting life-threatening illnesses. We strive to fulfill the dreams of these children across South Africa, who have been diagnosed with illnesses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart conditions and renal failure, to name a few.
Our organization believes in inspiring hope and fulfilling dreams. Childhood should be the most magical phase of one's life. For children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, the magic is easily lost. Reach For A Dream tries to alleviate some of the emotional, physical and financial strain of dealing with their illness by creating magical moments that last a lifetime.
“The power of a dream is the faith in things unseen. It is the courage to embrace your fear, no matter where you are, to reach your star and to realize the power of your dream…”
Making the dream a truly memorable and magical experience is the most important aspect to us.
We visit the child and learn through play therapy as much as we can about the child, to make sure that the dream execution is tailored to the child's personality and interests.
We allow the child to “Dream Big” so that we can ensure that the dream experience is unforgettable.
When we have permission from the child's doctor, we take the child away from their normal surroundings in order to fulfill their dream. We include the family in the dream and we go all out to make this a truly memorable and inspiring experience.
“Your mind will take you far… the rest is just pure heart. You'll find your fate is all your own creation, and every boy and girl, as they come into this world. They bring the gift of hope and inspiration…”
Dreams normally fall into one of the following categories:
- A dream to meet someone famous or their role model e.g. meeting Celine Dion.
- A dream to go somewhere or to see an amazing place e.g. Table Mountain.
- A dream to become somebody or something e.g. to be a radio DJ for a day.
- A dream to have a special experience e.g. a ride in a Ferrari.
- A dream to have or own something e.g. dolls or a motorised car.
Anyone can contribute to a dream for a child fighting a life threatening illness. The fulfillment of these dreams has the positive effect of inspiring hope and courage in the dreamer and helps them believe tomorrow is worth fighting for.
Help to inspire our children and give them hope - One dream at a time - Do it through Reach For A Dream.