"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving."
- Albert Einstein
The C4C History
It began in 2010, when a small, silly, seemingly insignificant event started a social avalanche. It happened on Northcliff Hill, in the home of Schalk Burger, Head Boy of St John's.
Schalk's Dad decided to get serious about losing weight. He got so serious that soon he had a wardrobe full of clothes that didn't fit. While packing them in a bag to give to their church, the family started...imagining...out loud:
Imagine what an immense difference it would make to the nation, they said, if every household that had a few spare shirts lying around, a couple of extra shoes, suddenly gave them to the needy, all at the same time.
It would be precisely like an avalanche, an irresistible surge of generosity that could change the very landscape of our country.
Dreams are terrific, but action is unbeatable. So Schalk launched the Clothing 4 Children campaign by asking everyone at St John's to give spare clothes to the cause. His younger brother, Wim, simultaneously launched Clothing 4 Children at Laerskool Jan Celliers.
In total, they collected just over 7.5 tons of clothing and shoes. It took 1 310 bags and 810 boxes. The total estimated value of the clothes and shoes was a staggering R5.1. And that was just from two schools!
Now imagine if your school got involved. And then the next. And the next...
An Unusual Model
Schalk and Wim went about their work in an interesting way. They based their model on Jesus feeding the 5 000. He used two fish and five loaves of bread. They gave each student two boxes and five bags. Then, with prayer, they encouraged the students to greatly multiply the bounty. On Monday, the students returned with their boxes and bags filled up, pressed down and overflowing! They exceeded the boys' wildest expectations.