With its unexpected twists and turns, life can deliver its fair share of challenges, up-hills and obstacles. Bringing hope, relief, goodwill and good news to people in need, Jacaranda’s Good Morning Angels make life easier for others with “a little help from friends”.

Every Wednesday morning for the past decade, Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels community initiative has come alive on your radio with the simple aim of helping as many people in need as they can. Receiving thousands of requests from people who know of others in need, the Good Morning Angels find sponsors and contributors to assist in fulfilling the wide-ranging needs of their listeners. Whether it’s life-saving medical help, help for parents who have lost their jobs, the elderly struggling to get by, students wanting to better their lives through education or communities ravaged by fire and rain, these “angels” give hope and support where it’s needed.

For the past three years, SPAR has donated to the Good Morning Angels from the proceeds of the annual SPAR Woman’s Challenge, helping change many lives for good. Various other Spar sponsorships have included the Good Morning Angels Golf Day; the donation of baking ingredients to the Sheriat Upliftment Centre for Women in Pretoria who were taught to bake, sew, do hair and sell clothes to enable them to earn a living; a R50 000 contribution to a teenage drug intervention centre as well as the numerous and ongoing supply and provision of food vouchers.

These are just some of the examples of generous investment in care, upliftment and the betterment of society that has already benefitted a large group of people who would not otherwise have been reached. The work done by the Good Morning Angels certainly restores our faith in people and business and provides ever more hope for the future.




Cupcakes of Hope is a non-profit company, with one of their main aims being to create awareness and funds for children with cancer. They do this through their love of Cupcakes! In 2011, Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer set a new world record for the most cupcakes on display – 21 000. Through this achievement they were able to raise R200 000! These funds were donated to Reach for A Dream, CANSA Cupcakes 4 Kids With Cancer Vereeniging and towards paying for the medical costs of three Cancer patients.

The only requirement of their program is that the cupcakes have to be made with love and if you have a look at all the cupcakes that have been donated, you will see that they were amazing.
In fact, they have received many compliments from people saying that they can taste the love in the cupcakes.

Cupcakes of Hope holds several events during the year but their main event is hosting South Africa’s National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer in September. This is an entirely community-driven project that brings the whole community together.




The Hanna Charity and Empowerment Foundation believes in the potential of the poor to effect change in their own lives and in our world. In order to achieve this they follow Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs when entering into a community. In each community that Hanna Charity is involved, they provide the fulfillment of basic needs which includes providing clothing and food. They fulfill safety and security needs through skills development, employment opportunities and job creation.

Love and belonging needs are fulfilled through arranging for clinic visits for children, parents and elderly. They also run programs specifically tailored to meet individual group needs such as Womanhood for older women, Sisterhood for younger women, Manhood for older men and Brotherhood for younger men. These programs are coordinated by the Hanna Charity and implemented by registered psychologists who can help with emotional and psychological problems.

They fulfill self esteem needs through their Charity Vitality initiative where the community members earn points through positively participating in the different programs that the Hanna Charity runs in the community. When they reach a certain number of points they are rewarded with a hamper consisting of cleaning products, soap, shampoo, etc.

Self-actualization is realized through the process of all of the above, with the hope that each community member will feel that their lives are worth something and that they can give a valuable contribution to their community.

The Hanna Charity and Empowerment Foundation assist several communities in Gauteng and the Western Cape.




As a runner from a rural area, and not having the privilege of formal coaching and support, Caster Semenya wanted to extend all the help and support she could to runners in the same circumstances. It started out as a social running club but has grown to be so much more than that.

Caster Semenya has in fact been helping runners for almost a decade under the Caster Semenya Foundation but she says that they wanted to formalise it and registered The Masai AC Foundation in 2018. She says: “From this platform we can help more people. We are involved in a lot of charity work from delivering food and clothing to providing school kids with stationery and helping athletes with running shoes.”

“We’re planting seeds, and I look forward to the day when I can say proudly ‘that’s my athlete’. For us, it’s about looking at where we came from and changing the lives of those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We want our beneficiaries to smile every day when they wake up because they see hope for the future.”