How to Help

Become part of The Samuel Generation

How can you help?

Nelson Mandela said: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”.

Donate your time, your skills, your money, your sporting abilities (humble or great), and through the sweat and tears, come and lay footprints with us for Sam. Each footprint is an imprint of change in these precious lives. We encourage donors and suppliers to choose a project that speaks to their hearts and to consider allocating their financial contributions or time to a selected project.
Volunteer & Skills

Sam's AngelsVolunteer by offering your skills

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Become one of Sam's Angels
Volunteer & Skills

What are you good at? What are you qualified as? Give of your time pro bono: Lawyers, doctors, paediatric nurses, psychologists, allied professionals, counsellors etc.

Your time is very valuable and in the future, we are hoping to work on “cuddle & play programmes” for children whose parents cannot be by their sides as they face the scary road of being “alone” in hospital without a loved one. It is our dream that no child should ever be sick alone or worse die alone. You don’t need to have any particular professional skill to help spread Sam’s footprints. All you need is an honest and caring heart and be ready and willing to spend time with children in hospital, or offer your professional skills by running a support group, giving legal advice, etc.

**All volunteers first need to be checked and cleared against all registers that may affect your ability to work safely with children.

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Donate

Donate Your contribution makes a real difference

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Donate
Your contribution makes a real difference

We value every donation!

You can make a donation or contribution directly into the Trust's bank account. However, if you prefer to donate via crowdfunding platforms, you can visit our GivenGain link at the bottom of the page.

Don't forget to ask for your Section 18A certificate.

Acc Name: Footprints 4 Sam Trust
Acc No.: 115 855 6756
Bank: Nedbank
Branch Code: 198765

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Become a Sam “Sweater”

Become a Sam “Sweater” Inviting one and all

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Become a Sam “Sweater”
Inviting one and all

We invite runners, walkers and cyclists or any other form of sport enthusiast to “sweat” for Sam. We have sport packs that you can buy which include a branded technical shirt and a Sam bracelet. This allows individuals to raise awareness and fundraise for Footprints 4 Sam at sporting events or when you are leisurely strolling the neighbourhood.

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The Samuel Generation of Healthcare

The Samuel Generation of Healthcare Make a commitment

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The Samuel Generation of Healthcare
Make a commitment

Commit to the values of the Samuel Generation of Healthcare as a healthcare professional:

  • Remember the human.
  • Remember the child.
  • Remember the family.
  • Remember to treat the whole person – mind, body and soul - with excellence and real empathy.
  • Quality of life – let a child be a child, even if tied to machines in an ICU setting. Create a child and family-friendly environment.
  • Remember hospital is not a long-term solution – home is where the heart is.
  • Love, play, cuddles and laughter – key ingredients for successful chronic care.
  • Remember to care for yourself.
  • Burnout and compassion fatigue – be an early-warning mirror for your colleagues.
  • Debrief regularly.
  • Allow yourself to grieve.
  • No man is an island – work as an integrated team (a relay of excellence).
  • Let Sam's life lessons be your professional compass.

Order and wear your Sam bracelet as a reminder, in healthcare and in life, to be loving and be kind. Help us change healthcare for the better. Each one of you is a ripple in the water. Each ripple touches hundreds of lives and hundreds of hearts. Let’s Sam’s legacy create a tidal wave of change so that South African Paediatric Healthcare becomes a beacon of excellence and hope to the world.

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Footprints 4 Sam Annual Charity Dinner

Footprints 4 Sam Annual Charity Dinner Support us by buying a table or a seat

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Footprints 4 Sam Annual Charity Dinner
Support us by buying a table or a seat

Table Cost: R30 000
Seat Cost: R3 000

Each year Footprints 4 Sam will be holding a charity dinner. Our inaugural charity dinner took place on 21 July 2018 and over R600 000 was raised for the Trust’s key initiatives. This dinner was an enormous success and it truly was a magical evening thanks to the generous support from all of our wonderful dinner guests (210 pax), our corporate tables, our amazing suppliers and our generous donors. Click on the video link to see for yourself, and don’t miss out each year as we turn July, the month that Sam died, into a celebration of his legacy. Turning the hardest month and day of our lives into something beautiful for other children, helps to turn our tears into smiles and our heartbreak into golden threads of healing.

Kintsugi is the centuries-old art of repairing broken pottery with gold. Each dinner for us will be the mending of our hearts with golden memories, children’s stories of hope and new funds raised for Footprints 4 Sam initiatives.

Come and celebrate the beauty of hope and the magic of one child’s legacy - through Sam, one special child has raised a village. A child called Sam, our son, whose legacy of footprints radiate through South Africa and the world, touching hearts and lives wherever they go. We want to offer hope and change to many other families and children facing the rollercoaster of living with a chronic illness.

Come and join us at our next annual charity dinner on 20 July 2019 and be a golden thread in Sam’s story...

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Memories
Inaugural Charity Dinner
21 July 2018

Watch and share in our magical Footprints 4 Sam Inaugural Charity Dinner.
Don't miss out on next year’s event.
Book your table or seat: 20 July 2019

Memories
Inaugural Charity Dinner
21 July 2018

Our corporate supporters and suppliers are integral in helping us change lives - whether through product, time, skills or financial assistance, we are so grateful for the trust they place in us. We would also like to thank our 210 guests who made our 2018 event a magical occasion.

Sam 'Sweaters'

‘Sweaters’ doing their bit for Sam. Run4Sam Facebook Page
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Future Plans

Alongside our 6 key initiatives, 2 future projects to raise awareness, raise funds and leave lasting footprints in the lives of children with life-limiting illness include our half-marathon and the war on superbugs.
Footprints 4 Sam “Breath is Life” Half Marathon

Footprints 4 Sam “Breath is Life” Half-Marathon Half Marathon in 2020 - Calling all Sponsors

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Footprints 4 Sam “Breath is Life” Half-Marathon
Future Plans

The 21km run will be launched in Cape Town and will highlight the need for patient centred care and quality healthcare for all, especially children. It aims to bring the focus back to basics - to the fundamental founding principles of healthcare and the vulnerable young patients and families who are depending on successful and safe treatment as they face a life challenged by a life limiting or life threatening illness. A relay of excellence where patients and professionals are all one Team working together for the good of the child and family. Putting the human back into healthcare. Could you be one of our sponsors to help us realise this future plan? Contact us today for more details.

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The War on Super Bugs

The War on Super BugsRaising awareness about the dangers of sepsis

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The War on Super Bugs
Future Plans

Sam died from sepsis. Having been in hospital his entire life, Sam was exposed to nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections and he was colonised with three life-threatening super bugs: Klebsiella, Burkholderia, and Pseudomonas. It is our firm belief that Sam could well have been alive today if his treatment plan had been different and he had not spent 15.5 months in ICU. Sam was exposed to these killer bugs and the antibiotics to kill them his entire life - Sam was indeed a ticking time bomb.

Increasing worldwide pressure is coming to bear on hospitals to raise awareness (for example, through notification posters on the walls for the patients and staff to see) in order to ensure that all patients and families are fully informed. It is our wish to see this become a firm policy in South Africa too.

We would also like to see the public, families and health professionals informed and reminded about sepsis and the danger thereof, so they too can recognise the symptoms and react and treat or seek help accordingly.

Would you be one of our sponsors to help us realise this future plan? Contact us today for more details.

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You can also donate on our GivenGain profile. Click Here!

Acc Name: Footprints 4 Sam Trust | Acc: 115 855 6756 | Bank: Nedbank | Branch Code: 198765