Superheroes

This year has seen a number of our team members fashioned into superheroes, inspiring Jill to write a superhero poem.

SUPERHERO

As a kid I always wished that superman I’d meet,
he’d catch me when I was falling and gallantly return me to my feet.
His bulging muscles beneath his shirt would help make me real calm,
he’d render my enemies unconscious and protect me from all harm.

Yes, as a child I worshipped all these heroes bold and tall,
and I truly believed they’d be close to catch me when I fall.
Day after day I dreamed that my life like Marvel would read,
I wished for Batman, Superman, The Hulk and even a white steed.
But as I grew older life slapped me hard, it seemed to make its point quite clear,
“Jill,” it said “You’re in your bed – caus in real life there’s no superhero near.”

And then one foggy New Year’s eve the server crashed and I was stuck,
I tore my hair, I wrung my hands and shouted “O what – bad luck”.
It wasn’t long and help rushed out, Dylan had picked up on queue,
Belinda, our guardian angel, joined to help get us out the – stew.
I had barely wiped my sweating brow and more drama hit,
this time TK rescued me, he got me out the – pit.
Then pretty soon Sprout attacked, we found much code to be a farce,
but Nick was quick to put fires out so nothing burnt us on the – task.

It didn’t take long for me to note that help was often near,
like when Bridget stood up for our rights so vendors us would fear.
And Nomfundo was always close at hand to calmly sway the storm,
she’d nip a problem in the bud before any harm could form.
This crew was always at my back to watch both day and night,
their energy and their loyalty gave me strength like kryptonite.

And it was with that thought – it dawned on me that supers do come true,
for I realised there’s heroes close – just sitting between me and you.
From superman to wonderwoman we have each hero cast,
for every threat there is a super here that answers to the blast.

And each day I feel stronger still as the chapters have begun to grow,
like it hasn’t taken Chirlaine long for her talents to truly show.
And new team players Chris and Paula have also brought us cheer,
showing us their powers true, so that little we need fear.

So today we celebrate these heroes – with this extra special do,
which incidentally was put together by Tash, who’s become another super in our crew.

Now each morning as I pluck the grey hairs from my head,
I’m reminded of my naivety when I thought superheroes were dead.
And soon the grey hairs fade and I begin to stand up tall,
for I know that no matter what happens, my supers won’t let me fall.

So here’s to all you supers, a toast – well just for you,
to recognise and to applaud all the hero stuff you do.

Some of our fashioned superheroes: Nick Soper, Dylan Bridgman and Natasha Lynn

 

Team snips 2012

From left to right: Paula Chaplin strengthens the consulting team. | Chirlaine Viljoen joins our Call Centre team to replace Denelee, who has left to be a full time mom. | Natasha Lynn has joined us to run communications and special projects. | Developer, Dylan Bridgman and Daniela are excited that they will be meeting with their first baby in January. | Not even load shedding could stop the team from supporting our clients as Jill Bennett-Howes, Nomfundo Magagula and Belinda Blakeman demonstrate from our local ‘MacDonalds’.

End of 2012 team highlights

This year’s end of year bash involved team building activities and a delicious lunch in an idyllic setting.

We had fun witnessing each other under very different circumstances, and exercising huge amounts of motivation and team spirit while using our brains and brawn.

Presentations included a 5 year service award to our call centre heroes Nomfundo Magagula and Belinda Blakeman, and Santa even left us something…

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Making a difference in our community

Inspired by Mike and Jill’s passion to “give back”, our team wanted to find a way to help our community. Close to our offices in Kloof, we located The Neema Foundation, where we knew immediately that we could add value and impact children’s lives positively.

The Neema Foundation Trust was born out of a passion and vision to meet specific needs of the community. Afternoons at Neema are structured so that teachers can provide one-on-one literacy and numeracy tuition to underprivileged children. The programme currently supports twenty one children and the Neema team say that there is scope for this number to be increased, as more volunteers make themselves available. The positive impact and effect of Neema on these children is enormous and helps to give them a chance at making a success of life.

This quarter our team were able to donate several much-needed items, including: sports equipment, stationary and office consumables. We thought you would enjoy reading one of the children’s stories.

Thabo’s Story: (Fictitious name to protect learner’s identity)

Thabo is an intelligent grade 6 learner struggling to reach his full potential at school because of an attention deficit disorder. His parents are domestic workers in Kloof, Durban, and are unable to afford the remedial help he needs in a special class at school. The remedial teacher at  this school felt that Neema would be “his only hope” educationally. For about a term now he has been coming to lessons where he follows a program with 3 different teachers, catering for his specific need. Last week, after the exam results came out, we were all very excited to hear from his teacher that he has made considerable progress in various areas. Well done Thabo! You are such a pleasure to work with and we’re proud of you.

What does Thabo’s mother think about Neema? I am so pleased with Neema because it helps children like my son and is making a real difference in his life!