Our team

Raising Hope South Africa Board

Chairperson: Brett Chilcott

Secretary: Jan Thomas

Treasurer: Nelmari Volschenk

Ashlyn Klinkradt

Mafu Zwane

Lineo Leboela

Non Executive: Charmaine Manuel


Raising Hope South Africa depends on volunteers to assist us in making our dreams into realities. We have various opportunities available for volunteers including:

Assistance within administrative roles

Website and online presence support and development

Community workers

Help with fundraising events or in outreach days

Professionals wanting to support our parents and families

Junior Committee

Our Junior Committee is our way of keeping the voices, ideas and views of young people active in our organisation. The committee is currently chaired by founder Ashlyn, and includes 14 youngsters of different ages. These youngsters drive their own fundraising and awareness campaigns, while also being active in the other programmes and initiatives of Raising Hope SA. Through the Junior committee we strive to support these young people to grow as active Leaders and servers in their community. This is done through active volunteerism in our projects, and through giving them the opportunity to be part of our senior sub-committees that run so many aspects of raising Hope SA from behind the scenes. Several of our Junior Committee members are also impacted by disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and mental health challenges.

Ashlyn Klinkradt (Chairperson) - 17yrs, Grade 11

“For I am Yours and You are mine” ~ Oceans, Hillsong

Anna Blank - 16yrs, Grade 10

“Life expands or contracts in proportion to your courage or fear.”~ Anais Nin

Casey Grobbelaar - 17yrs, Grade 11

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all surround yourself with those that see greatness within you.” ~ Anon

Damian Allman - 27yrs

“Keep calm, it’s only an extra chromosome.”

David Klinkradt - 15yrs, Grade 10

“I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar Up from the ashes, hope will arise Death is defeated, the King is alive!” ~Raise a Hallelujah, Bethel Music

Eden Johnstone - 16yrs, Grade 11

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength, He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights.” ~ Habakkuk 3:19

Finlay Southey - 16yrs, Grade 10

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.” ~Henry Ford

Gabi Knoesen - 11yrs, Grade 6

“We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are” ~Max Depree

Jayden Klinkradt - 12yrs, Grade 7

“You will face many defeats in life, but never let your self be defeated.” ~ Maya Angelou

JC Engelbrecht - 16yrs, Grade 11,/p>

“For with God nothing will be impossible” ~Luke 1:37

Lara Seaward - 17 yrs, Grade 12

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good.” ~Romans 12:9

Lydia Mizen - 17yrs, Grade 12

“If the stars were made to sing, so will I.” ~ So will I, Hillsong

Makayla Knoesen - 16yrs, Grade 11

“Believe in the light then, while you have it, so that you will be the people of the light.” ~John 12:36

Robin Johnstone - 13yrs, Grade 8

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts Him and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.” ~Psalm 28:7