Pippie’s mom: NPO able to help other children

2013-06-25 00:00

ANICE Kruger, the mother of Pippie, said she decided to start a non-profit organisation (NPO) and not a trust fund for burn victims in 2011.

She said it was easier to register an NPO with a bank account into which people could pay donations.

“If I created a trust fund, I would only have been able to help Pippie and not other children,” she said.

Kruger was reacting to allegations that the Pippie se Gesiggie fund was wrongly spending money.

Faan Coetzee, a labour law specialist from Johannesburg, said it was not necessary to create a separate trust fund and money could be paid into a normal bank account.

A constitution must be drawn up and submitted with the application to register an NPO, which acts as a guideline for how money is invested.

The constitution of the Pippie se Gesiggie fund said money donated would be used to render medical and financial assistance to burn victims.

Kruger, her husband Erwin, and her mother Loesje, are the trustees of the fund, which is being fully audited next month.

“I give feedback on each of the expenses that is paid by the fund on my Facebook page and have opened a separate account into which people can make donations for personal expenses,” Kruger said.

Kruger could not say precisely how much money has been donated to the fund since its creation.

Celiwe Maseko (5), a burn victim from Kagiso on the West Rand, has received a skin transplant that was paid for by the Pippie se Gesiggie funds.

Dr Ridwan Mia said the fund is used to pay for skin transplants, because it is a pioneering procedure. It would have been unfair to expect another organisation to pay for the procedure.

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