Gonubie restaurant Heavenly Pancake House recently hosted a Superhero Party in support of Letters of Hope, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping child victims of sexual and domestic abuse.
Customers were asked to dress up as their favourite superheroes with the best costumes winning vouchers and a bottle of wine. Live music was provided by Alec Voogt.
Letters of Hope founder Talita Van Der Heever said the organisation was created to fix the communication gap between parents, teachers and children.
“Kids are often too scared to talk to parents and teachers about sexual and domestic abuse. Therefore we go to schools and encourage them to make use of our mailboxes,” said Van Der Heever.
As a survivor of human trafficking, Van Der Heever has first-hand experience of coming face-to-face with the problem. with abuse.
“I ran away from home because I was sexually abused and bullied. Within four hours of running away, I was picked up by a taxi driver and sold into human trafficking where I was sexually exploited.
“I survived and today I’m helping children to keep them from running away,” she said.
Those looking to help Letters of Hope can visit Talita’s Facebook page which contains educational videos on human trafficking and safety. Donations can also be made directly to the NPO’s bank account.
Account name: LIA
Bank: First National Bank
Branch code: 250655
Acc number: 62736562936