Mom driven by philanthropy

2017-08-08 06:00
Heidi Devitt (right) with Cindy Norcott, chairlady of the Robin Hood Foundation.Photo: supplied

Heidi Devitt (right) with Cindy Norcott, chairlady of the Robin Hood Foundation.Photo: supplied

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“BE kind, work hard and be humble” is the
motto of 50-year-old Botha’s Hill mother of three, Heidi Devitt, who dedicates her free time to promoting the welfare of others.

Devitt has been running her business, The Pot and Kettle, for 22 years, yet believes there is no better joy than being able to provide for those less fortunate.

“I find the harder I work, the busier we are, the more I can assist others,” she said.

Devitt volunteers at NPOs, collecting clothing and giving those less fortunate a free meal at her restaurant.

“I have enjoyed assisting numerous charities over many years. The most rewarding and heart-rendering one is volunteering at Albert Luthuli Hospital in the children oncology wards. The laughter and smiles on the sick children brings tears to one’s eyes.

“The hours are spend playing, singing, laughing and only once you walk away do you realise the reality of those children’s lives.”

Devitt regularly helps the 1000 Hills com-
munity helpers in Inchanga and says this
humbles a person, and one walks away “feeling lighter”.

“Holding a little child, talking to an elderly gogo. Assisting wherever needed is very satisfying.”

“Being in the hospitality trade I enjoy treating people to lunch or breakfast and in today’s
economy some people do not eat out much.”

Describing herself as “kind”, Devitt said: “Life today is very fast and stressful, but people need to realise that a little bit of charity is a great stress-reliever.

“It does not take much to open one’s heart to another.

“Take time to stop and enjoy the view and never be afraid to give back.”

Life today is very fast, stressful, but people need to realise that a little bit of charity is a great stress-reliever.

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