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Sofia passed away on 20 December 2014 by drowning, just after her 2nd birthday. Sofia’s mommy decided that she wanted to start a charity organisation in Sofia’s memory to prevent other families from going through the unbearable pain that she is experiencing right now.Read more
She was conceived via in vitro fertilisation on 19 March 2012 after my husband and I struggled for two years to fall pregnant naturally. Sofia was born on 12 December 2012 at 19h25, birth weight 4.34kg and length 50cm.Read more
Starfish for Sofia was created by Sofia’s mommy Claire. Sofia passed away on 20 December 2014 by drowning, just after her 2nd birthday. As a result, shortly after her death and following the numerous news reports of children of a similar age drowning over the festive season, Sofia’s mommy decided that she wanted to start a charity organisation in Sofia’s memory to prevent other families from going through the unbearable pain that she is experiencing right now.
The aim of Starfish for Sofia is to raise funds and connect with swimming instructors across South Africa, to send underprivileged children under the age of 3 years countrywide for survival swimming classes. These classes last about 6 to 8 weeks, in which babies and toddlers learn to turn over and float on their backs with their arms and legs outstretched (like a starfish) when they fall into a body of water and stay relaxed in that position until somebody can come and rescue them. Sofia’s mommy never had the time or finances to send Sofia for these classes, and she firmly believes that if she had, Sofia might have had a chance of survival. Sofia’s mommy also feels that if she can prevent just one family from experiencing what she is currently going through, then she will have honoured her baby girl's memory. Starfish for Sofia is in the process of being formed (NPC registrations, tax exemptions, business bank accounts, finding premises, employing a personnel team to handle the admin and so on). Please see our other tabs for more details.
Sofia was my daughter. She was conceived via in vitro fertilisation on 19 March 2012 after my husband and I struggled for two years to fall pregnant naturally.
Sofia was born on 12 December 2012 at 19h25, birth weight 4.34kg and length 50cm.
I had changed career paths by then, going from being a teacher up until 2011 to studying as a full-time student for a Bachelor of Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy at the beginning of 2012.
Being a full-time mommy, wife and student is serious business. My marriage was a rocky one. Due to various personal marital issues over the last two years, my husband and I began divorce proceedings in early December last year.
We decided that, as Sofia had spent her birthday party with me, that he would take her to Tulbagh to friends of ours from 20 December through the week of Christmas, and would return on 29 December, whereupon I would collect my car and Sofia from the airport so that he could catch his flight to return to Spain and I could bring Sofia home.
Needless to say, our life was turned upside down. On the day Sofia and her daddy arrived in Tulbagh, they both had an afternoon nap and Sofia slipped out of the bedroom unnoticed.
She fell into the koi pond and drowned only minutes before her daddy realised she was not in the room.
She died on 20 December 2014, at the age of 2 years, 1 week and 1 day. Only 5 days before Christmas. Sofia was the most incredibly alive and vibrant little girl.
Starfish for Sofia has affiliated swimming school in 5 of the 9 provinces of South Africa!
|School Name||Contact Person||Contact Number||Town/Suburb|
|Aqua Turtles Swim School||Gabby Marchesi Metcalf||011 email@example.com||Bryanston, JHB|
|AquatechniquesSA|| ||firstname.lastname@example.org||Somerset West, CT|
|Aquazel Swim School||Izelle Truter Wolmarans|| || ||Bloemfontein|
|Cindy's Academy of Swimming||Cindy De Oliveira||083 258 7733 or 021 981 email@example.com||Brackenfell|
|Dory's Swim School||Taryn Gladdfirstname.lastname@example.org||Kloof, Forest Hills|
|First Strokes Swim School||Mandy Dragtemail@example.com||Glen Anil, Durban|
|Headstart Swim School||Rochelle Fourie||021 firstname.lastname@example.org||Claremont|
|Knysna Swimming Academy||Karen Ferguson|| || ||Knysna|
|Learn2Swim||Theresa Olwage Hohlsemail@example.com||Greytown|
|Little Mermaids Swim School||Rushana Charels||074 519 4006 or 021 393 firstname.lastname@example.org||Standfontein, CT|
|Marmalade Splash||Genevieve De Freitasemail@example.com||Chartwell, JHB|
|Onpoint Swim School||Jill or Bruce||071 482 9629 or 082 464 firstname.lastname@example.org||Strand,CT|
|Rellyn Faisinger Detlof-Wismer||0811463227|| || |
|Swimmattix Swim School||Matt Pikeemail@example.com||Pinelands, CT|
|Swimrite||Adellefirstname.lastname@example.org||Moot area, Pretoria|
|Swimrite||Olivia Middleton|| ||email@example.com||Brooklyn, Pretoria|
|Swimsafe Academy||Cindy Roux Bassonfirstname.lastname@example.org||Graaf- Reinet|
|Tweni Swim School||Rachel Sparkmanemail@example.com||Umtweni|
If you run a swimming school and would like to become affiliated to Starfish for Sofia, or if you have indicated that you want to and your name is not yet on the list, kindly send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Starfish for Sofia runs solely on donations but we would prefer to keep these for paying the cost of swimming classes for children. We are desperately looking for businesses to pledge to pay a set amount each month so that we are able to cover our overhead costs (rent, electricity, telephone, internet, salaries, stationery) and save the donations for our cause.
If you would like to become a corporate sponsor and donate a set amount on a monthly basis, kindly send an email to email@example.com
Should you wish to make a monetary donation, our banking details are as follows:
The Starfish Fund
First National Bank (South Africa)
Branch code 250 655
Current/Cheque account Account number 6251 538 7480
SWIFT code FIRNZAJJ”
“Should you wish to donate material items that may help in the running of the Starfish for Sofia offices, kindly send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org”
Become a Volunteer
Starfish for Sofia needs all the help it can get!
Should you wish to volunteer specialised services, become a swim buddy to be in the water with children during lessons, transport children from their homes to the swimming schools, or if you would like to be added to our general volunteer list and be contacted when we need an extra pair of hands for admin or fundraising; kindly send an email to email@example.com
Starfish for Sofia wants to stay in contact with you!
Kindly send an email to one of the following addresses and we will endeavour to reply within 24 hours:
Sofia’s mommy Claire: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosalie our office administrator: email@example.com
Tashia our office administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
General enquiries: email@example.com
Corporate sponsors: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pop in for a visit and a cup of coffee! Our offices are situated at Unit 20A in Langenhoven street in Durbanville, Western Cape. Office hours are 08h00 to 13h00 at present
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