Moms helping mom

2019-07-23 06:25
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The saying that goes “one good turn deserves another”, cannot even begin to describe what a group of mothers has done to help one of their own.

Southern suburbs mothers put their heads together to try to find a way to help the owner of Moo Land Pre-school in Diep River.

Michelle Tito, suffered a severe stroke in April this year, which has left her partially paralysed and unable to work. To allow Tito to concentrate on getting better and to ensure the smooth running of the pre-school in her absence, they set up a BackaBuddy campaign to raise the necessary funds to employ an interim teacher. Any funds raised beyond that will be earmarked to help alleviate some of Tito’s mounting medical bills.

One of the mothers in the fundraising team, Michelle Johanson, says they did this for Tito because she has truly provided a “home away from home” for their children at her pre-school.“When we heard what happened to her, we just had to put our heads together and do something to help. Supporters were keen to jump in and assist from the outset because of how kind and caring she is and how well she cared for our kids while they were at her school. She brings out the best in every child in her care and this was our way to give back,” she says.

Johanson described how Tito, a mother of four, was told she might never walk again when she was admitted to hospital after her stroke. She spent many weeks in hospital and once discharged, continued intensive, daily rehabilitation.

Tito has defied the odds and surprised all of her friends and family by making huge strides towards a full recovery.

Johanson says: “Because of her fighting spirit and determination she is able to walk already – with the aid of a cane. She is an amazing person and is doing so well! We want her to focus on getting better, that is why we will be doing a fundraiser to cover some costs,” she says.

To add to the funds being brought in by their BackaBuddy campaign, the Moo Land Mums will be hosting a fundraising event on Sunday, 28 July at Alphen Veterinary Hospital, on Constantia Main Road. Entrance to this Family Fun Day is R10 per child (free for adults) and there will be plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained. Families can look forward to pony brushing, a colouring competition, rides, drinks, sweet treats and a fantastic bake sale.

Johanson says they are very excited about the upcoming fundraiser and they are appealing for support from everyone.

“Michelle is a walking miracle, she is such an inspiration to us all. This is just more than moms helping another mom, this is a community effort. I think we have all noticed that recently people are losing that real sense of community, and we want to bring that back. “Michelle is a person that manages to draw people to her. Even when she was lying in hospital fighting for her life, people came together to help from far and wide. This is a chance for us to repay her for all the great work she has done with our children,” she says.

V For more information call Michelle Johanson on 072 191 6721V To donate, please go to:


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