Man on a Mission: Ross and Rosie

I want to tell you about a person, Rosie Mashale, whose love and compassion for children in need has had a profound impact on me over the years. She is the founder of Baphumelele Children’s Home, which takes care of orphaned and ill children in Khayelitsha.

I have committed to ride my bicycle from Manali to Kathmandu across the Himalayas. The reason I undertaking this 2,420km journey over 34 days, is to raise funds specifically for the Respite Centre at Baphumelele which cares for severely ill children. You can follow my progress and hopefully see some great photos on Instagram – @rossnortonphoto

Rosie’s journey began in shocking circumstances many years ago, with her coming home to find a naked child on her doorstep. A baby boy, abandoned and afraid. Left without options, she resolved to take care of the child.

This selfless decision birthed the Baphumelele Children’s Home, a sanctuary that housed 67 children by the end of that year. Rosie and her amazing team of carers now help give over 120 children a home and a chance in life.

The Respite Centre which I am trying to raise funds for is an extension of Rosie’s vision, built to care for severely ill children with the professional assistance of doctors and nurses.

Help me help Rosie, and donate through one of the methods on the following link: ,

Alternatively, go straight to my Back a Buddy campaign page:

To read more about the work Rosie and her team doing at Baphumelele, please visit their website:

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