Supporter Spotlight – Respect Tombstones
The owners and team at Respect Tombstones have been long-time supporters of African Angels and the Chintsa East community. Their connection began over 12 years ago when Tharina, the wife of one of their members, sponsored an African Angel in Grade 0. Through the ongoing generosity of the Maré family, Awonke is about to matriculate from Lilyfontein School.
In 2018 the company contributed further by sponsoring a second African Angel through the Lilyfontein High School hostel; Okuhle is currently Senior Leader for Sport and also about to matriculate later this year.
The passion for educating Chintsa East’s children did not stop there – Respect Tombstones’ CEO, Gerna Jordaan, joined the Board of African Angels Trust in 2018. Her experience as a past chairman of a School Governing Body, her indomitable spirit and her passion for doing what’s right, have made her an invaluable member of our team.
Our founder and chairman, Lou says, “The team at Respect Tombstones is always on hand. When the boys needed transport to get to school after the hostel was closed during the Covid 19 pandemic, bikes appeared; when the boys needed bedding and toiletries, stationery, sports equipment or money to pay for school camps, it was always willingly provided with a loving smile and Gerna’s meticulous attention to detail.”
Over the years Gerna and her family have developed personal relationships with both boys, and when Okuhle was named as Leader at his school, he asked Gerna to pin the leader’s badge at the High School Assembly. It was hard to tell who was more excited to see the boys arrive at the recent Matric farewell – Gerna, or the boys’ parents Vivien, Bongani and Phumla.
espect Tombstones generosity does not end with their sponsorship of these two children, they also sponsor our golf days, take part in our fundraising events and have even compassionately provided a tombstone to a father and community member when a sudden death occurred in his family.