In 2005, Richard Clark set out to deliver gift bags that were made up for the previously disadvantaged kids and elderly people in the Karoo. The first trip was to Middelpos, Fraserburg and Sutherland.
2006: Gift bags were delivered to Laingsburg and then to Ladysmith via the back roads of the Karoo. A Mercedes Vito Bus was sponsored by Izak Smith to ensure a safe trip on the dusty roads.
2007: Gift Bags were packed and the trip was set for De Doorns then Montagu, Ladismith, Van Wyksdorp, Herbertsdale, Mosselbay and Riversdale. The vehicle used was again a Mercedes Vito Bus sponsored by Izak Smith.
2008: Great changes started taking place, humble beginnings started expanding. On board came Tony da Costa, Izak Smith, Johan van Schalkwyk, Wayne Gentry, Ernst Jordaan and Marilyn Beck. We reached out to Rietbron with food parcels which fed the whole town.
2009: This time the trip was to the Karoo town of Merweville. Food parcels were handed to members of the “Karoobossies”, a club for senior citizens. Both the schools in the town were blessed with gift bags for the kids.
2010: The process started for the registering of a non-profit organization and a name was chosen, WAWWA (We Are Who We Are) foundation.
2011: Food parcels were delivered to Loeriesfontein.
2012 – 2013: We returned to Merweville and decided to make this our project of hope. We started to invest in the lives of the children by making their boarding home a better place. We delivered much needed electrical kitchen appliances. DSTV was installed, and we bought a TV and DVD player for the children to watch movies and educational programmes. In May of 2013, we delivered netball gear to the school, as well as other much needed sporting gear. Our first “Time 2 Care” Competition took place in 2012, the prizes were: Two Breitling watches, One for the ladies and one for the gents.
2014: What an amazing journey this has been, God is and will always be at the center of this project, we give Him all the glory for its success. In 2013 we received generous donations from many people and this year we were able to have a complete play park built and installed for the kids at the Boarding House. Our S2M event has grown in numbers and we are so grateful to each and every rider for their continued support. Without them we would not be able to do what we do.
Richard also came across an old aged home in Laingsburg called Huis Malan Jacobs. It was placed on his heart to do more for the elderly and to make their time pleasant and happy in the home. We blessed them with knitting wool, biscuit pans, muffin trays, vegetable dishes, Heart Monitors, Bed wedges etc.
2015: Our 2015 S2M event was a great success. With the funds raised we were able to bless Huis Mervia with much needed groceries, toiletries, kitchen equipment, washing machines etc. Other donations were received from our riders, in the form of a slush puppy machine, an industrial bread cutter, mirrors for each room etc.
With donations received from Dr JS Badenhorst from Canada, we were able to renovate the tennis / netball court at the school so that the children can enjoy their sports.
Wawwa decided to keep in contact with the children that have left Laerskool Merweville to pursue their high school career. With the generosity of our supporters and sponsors, we were able to provide them with the necessary school uniforms, sports gear and casual wear.