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Blankets of hope for her birthday

On 27 June 1990 Francis August was told there were complications in her pregnancy and that there was a chance that her baby girl might be breached.

The doctors were concerned that either the baby or Francis' life could be in danger, but Francis was a fighter and pushed through unabated.

Five hours later Crystal was born.

Now the 25-year-old Crystal is gearing up for her 26th birthday by continuing the excellent humanitarian work she has done over the last four years.

Every birthday she spends five hours of her time to alleviate the lives of the less fortunate, an initiative she calls Birthday of Hope.

“It is my way of giving back to the community. I am a young woman aspiring to inspire future generations of young girls to rise above their circumstances and achieve greater heights. Birthday of Hope provides a platform to encourage young ones and give them hope for a better tomorrow,” she elaborates.

This year the Parow Valley resident will be distributing blankets to Parow Valley Welfare, the Greyton Red Cross Society, Genadendal Old Age Home and Huis Martina Old Age Home, but she needs everyone’s help to get as many blankets as possible.

“I have already managed to get 43 blankets through a social media drive, but my aim is to deliver 200 blankets to the beneficiaries.”

As with her previous four birthdays she will again spend five hours at an orphanage or an old age home (or even both!)

When asked why she feels the need to help the less fortunate and when this realisation occurred, she answers: “While I was living in the CBD I always walked past droves of homeless people. Some of them even had children. I realised then and there that I need to do whatever I can to help people. I can’t solve their problems, but I can lend a helping hand.”

When Crystal talks about the desperate need of others or how much she depends on her mother, her pillar of strength, she cries.

“To have a father and a mother who care for you, and want to provide you with the best possible childhood, is a blessing. The cliché is that charity begins at home, but this is incomplete. Charity begins at home, but should not stay there!”V Email Crystal at augustc09@gmail.com or contact her on 072 135 0274 if you can help.

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