Volunteer’s strengths sustain

2015-08-04 06:01
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Upper Highway resident, Liesl Kriegisch has been a Robin Hood Foundation volunteer for nine years.

Photo: supplied Upper Highway resident, Liesl Kriegisch has been a Robin Hood Foundation volunteer for nine years.

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UPPER Highway resident Liesl Kriegisch has many reasons to smile every morning, her family, her love for people however, are the main reason she is able to make a difference in the world.

The mother-of-two has been with the Robin Hood Foundation since its inception nine years ago and when asked how long she will continue to help the elderly, the handicapped, the orphaned, the neglected and the abused she replied: “As long as there is a need, and there will always be a need.”

Kriegisch, has been a hairdresser for over 30 years and the mother of two boys, 16-year-old Travis and 13-year-old Matthew.

She has been married to Carl for 18 years. Kriegisch divides her time between her passions - hairdressing, helping out at Thomas More, where her boys are at school, and being a a trustee of the Robin Hood Foundation.

She met Cindy Norcott, founder and chairperson of the Robin Hood Foundation in 1987 and their friendship has grown.

“Cindy is a very influential and inspirational business woman and coach. She often gives me a push in the right direction, when I need it most,’’ explains Kriegisch.

Eight months before the Robin Hood Foundation was formed, Norcott and her friend, Karen Capes, decided to put together “Love the Babies” bags for new mothers at St Mary’s Hospital in Mariannhill.

Kriegisch was one of the friends who packed the Love the Babies bags and delivered them to St Mary’s Hospital.

‘’We arrived at the hospital and at first the new mothers were sceptical. They didn’t understand why we were bringing them a bag filled with necessities for their babies. When they realised we just wanted to make things a little easier for them, they couldn’t stop smiling. As we left we saw them dressing their little ones in their new outfits. It was a real eye-opener, but so rewarding,’’ says Kriegisch.

The word spread and the packing of Love the Babies bags became a regular project.

“It was a couple of months later that Cindy received a call asking whether she would look at putting together 70 bags for needy gogos in the Inchanga area. We sent out the word and we didn’t receive our 70 bag request, we received over 700 gogo bags,’’ she said.

“It was then that Cindy registered the Robin Hood Foundation as a non-profit organisation. The redistribution of resources continues to be our main focus. People with excess now have the perfect avenue to give to those in desire need, and we seem to miraculously find the perfect matches.

Robin Hood Foundation was registered in 2005 and continues to go from strength to strength.

“We have individuals giving of their time, businesses giving products and corporates donating money and this combined effort allows us to constantly help those who cannot help themselves,’’ says Kriegisch.

Norcott said that Kriegisch’s dedication and passion to the foundation has been invaluable.

“Kriegischand#039;s strengths are her practical problem-solving skills and willingness to get her hands dirty as well as her high energy levels and her commitment. Not only do we value the time, expertise and resources she puts into our various projects, she always leaves a piece of her heart with every person she comes into contact with.

“It doesn’t matter what community we visit, Kriegisch brings love, warmth and compassion and we are so blessed to have her as part of the team for over nine years,’’ says Norcott.

For more information on the Robin Hood Foundation project, contact Kim Griffith Jones on 076 612 9060 or email robinhoodfund@telkomsa.net

Kriegischand#039;s strengths are her practical problem-solving skills and willingness to get her hands dirty as well as her high energy levels and her commitment. Not only do we value the time, expertise and resources she puts into our various projects, she always leaves a piece of her heart with every person she comes into contact with

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