Reach For A Dream Foundation’s mission is to encourage children to use their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses and inspire hope. Reach for a Dream believes in dreams they seek as far as possible to make dreams come true.
The foundation’s vision is to grow, which would enable the foundation to continue giving hope to children fighting life-threatening illnesses through the fulfilment of their dreams, and to further help as many children facing these illnesses though their national projects such as their Camp Sunshine, Queen For A Day, Captain Courage and their Jabulani Kingdom Hospital entertaining projects that all function on an ongoing basis. Each day we fulfil on average four dreams across South Africa.
For 25 years the Reach For A Dream Foundation, has brought hope, joy and healing to South African children. These children between the ages of 3 and 18 years have used their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, kidney failure and Blood disorders. A total of 1328 individual dreams were fulfilled in 2012, we also orchestrated 218 outings organised by their various regions. A total of 4920 children attended these outings. In addition to this, Reach For A Dream held 34 Captain Courage projects and 38 Queen For A Day projects. The foundation organised 27 Camp Sunshines and their Jabulani did 438 visits to children in hospitals.
There are countless children and their families in South Africa who are strained emotionally, physically and financially by these life-threatening illnesses. Very little is being done for them. Reach For A Dream seeks to alleviate the strain that a life-threatening illness takes on these children and their families by providing the children with the opportunity to realise their dream. Reach For A Dream enriches children's lives by making dreams come true and as a result, distracting them from the needles, medication and hospital environment. These young children are under extreme pressure to deal with these medical issues and are in desperate need of encouragement.
In addition, Reach For A Dream offers the child a magical moment to regain their childhood that is being lost to an illness. The foundation discovered an interesting fact about life-threatening illnesses: a larger percentage of children survive than adults do. They believe that one reason is that children simply have not learnt what life-threatening means; they live each day as it is given to them. For children attitude is everything, and they need all the encouragement they can get. Whatever the dream, no matter how big or small, it often gives the child hope and courage to carry on the fight.
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