A few weeks ago, a group in London set out to do a fundraising walk for SA-YES. Here is their fantastic story. Yesterday reminded me just what this fandom is about. Yes it’s about admiring Gillian and her work, but it’s also about meeting fabulous like-minded people who share an enthusiasm. Yesterday we did that… [Read more]
My name is Gillian Anderson and I am one of the founders of SA-YES. We work with young people living in children’s homes in South Africa. We provide them with a mentor who meets with them once a week for a year. The primary role of the mentor is to be a friend. Teaching a young person who has been abused and neglected to trust is a big challenge but can also be an incredibly rewarding one. Once trust has been built, a mentor can offer guidance and support as the young person explores the options available to them after leaving the children’s home.
Ours is a very simple programme providing crucial support to these young people. Adolescence can be a very tough time in anybody’s life and for these youngsters it is even harder. More often than not they are not prepared for this big step into independent living, and they often have nowhere to go, no support network, and no safety net when things get tough.
We need your help to extend our programme to the next generation of South Africans. Please support our work by donating your time as a mentor or committing to a monthly donation. Your contribution will help us ensure that more young people in South Africa have the support of a caring, committed adult as they take that first step towards independence.
We are pleased to tell you that we have filled our 6 official charity places that we purchased for this years British 10k London Run on 14th July. We also have a number of individual runners who have joined ‘Team SA-YES’ bringing our current team total to 9. If you would like to raise funds… [Read more]