One of the greatest leaders the world has ever known, the famous Winston Churchill once remarked; ”We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Few truer words have been spoken.
2019 has been yet another prosperous year for the John X Foundation. We have not only maintained our developments at the Carlisle Bridge Farm School, but have sustained our ongoing efforts in our desire to make a difference with the support of our generous hunters. In addition to the school we took on a second initiative supporting a local prisons’ Soccer Rehabilitation Program assisting those wishing to make a difference with their lives while serving time.
Our ongoing support of the Carlisle Bridge Farm School is starting to bear great rewards as we have seen the level of absenteeism drop dramatically while the children’s pride in their surroundings have had a positive influence on them personally. A morning spent at the school will see one experience emotions driven be scenes of extreme poverty fueled by smiling kids unable to stem their excitement. A happier group of kids would be hard to find. They have embraced their new-found support and are starting to thrive in an environment they never knew existed. The content grins and distant stares from the many hunters who spent countless hours getting involved at the school this season has made all the difference.
A computer lab fully equipped with Ipads for an entire class was our main goal for the year. We not only achieved that goal but far exceeded it by quite literally getting the kids “computer literate”. It’s one thing having the tools, but its something entirely different being able to utilize them. Both teachers and kids had to learn how to best utilize the technology in a learning environment. Help was outsourced and today you wouldn’t believe these kids weren’t born with Ipads. It has been an astonishing transformation.
Many of our hunters took us up on our Impala challenge. Management Impala were offered at a discounted $100/Per Impala with the proceeds going towards covering the school’s WiFi bill each month. We covered the Impala while our hunters covered the WiFi costs and the school benefited with a meat drop. Much needed protein was gratefully welcomed as well as a the addition of a brand new freezer over and above the stationary and sport supplies so many of you assisted with.
Projects for 2020 include a new school hall kindly donated by our old friend and generous donor Randy Smith. A general gathering facility which can accommodate the entire school is a big priority over the coming months. A sports field in AstroTurf to provide both our soccer enthusiasts and netball stars an opportunity to shine will be a big challenge in the coming years. Supplies of both stationary and sporting equipment is an ongoing requirement which any interested hunters can jump on board with. Meat drops will once again be a priority with the Impala challenge available to any interest parties. Do touch base with us prior to your safari if you’d like to get involved.
With Thanksgiving marking the end of our season we fondly reminisce on a big year for our John X Foundation. Hunters once again led the way through sheer generosity in both funds and their precious time. Not a single act of kindness or support no matter how big or small was taken for granted, and for that we would like to thank each and everyone of you on behalf of the Foundation and the kids of the Carlisle Bridge Farm School. You all know who you are. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed if one were to judge by the smiles around the school. And that is what makes it all worth it. Thank you.
In closing we’d like to kick-off the Foundations fundraising efforts for 2020. You’ve all seen her work, she’s a self taught wildlife artist focusing on her passion for wildlife and nature. From oil to acrylic and pencil sketching, she has amazed us over the past two years with her masterpieces. Lihyce van Heerden has kindly donated our originally commissioned White Rhino in 24″x 33″.
Here’s your chance to own the original. All proceeds will go towards Foundation initiatives at the Carlisle Bridge Farm School for 2020. Bid hard and bid often!
Tax Deductible Documentation For Your Benefit – As of 2020 The John X Foundation will be registered with the American Friends Fund at KBFUS which provides European and African nonprofits with a cost-effective solution to receive tax-deductible donations from U.S. donors. KBFUS is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity which will allow donors to claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by U.S. tax law for their contributions to the John X Foundation. Any winning bidder interested in making use of this Tax Deductible Documentation can do so by settling the highest bid during 2020.