JPEG ImageCarol James - Trustee

I'm a British born New Zealander and teacher and was invited onto the trusteeship of LIAWN in 2006 after getting involved in the second Hair4love event. Suffice to say I was hooked - hooked on the wonderful people heading up the charity, hooked on what it stood for, and finally, hooked on the gorgeous little human beings, orphans, we are making a stand for in Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa. I've been lucky enough to experience first-hand the Hope Centre and Sweetwaters community both at work and at play on 3 separate occasions. There, a phenomenal team of volunteers ensures the most loving and safe environment for the children. I adore what we support and stand for, and love making a difference. Love Is All We Need is my passion and is firmly etched in my heart.


JPEG ImageBev Wills - Trustee & Interim Chair

I joined Love Is All We Need in 2005 after a visit to the Sweetwaters Community and the Hope Centre. On my first visit I was asked by a young girl, who was 7 at the time, if I was able to help them. This question caused me to step up and create our annual Hair 4 Love event, which contributed to Love Is All We Need being formed.
I grew up in this area of South Arica, and I experienced a very different upbringing to that of the children we now support. It is my belief that all children should experience security and love in their lives, and the incredible work that the team of caregivers at the Hope Centre does, and the direct positive impact it has, is what inspires me to sit on this board of trustees, ensuring the ongoing support of these children's lives, and their futures.


JPEG ImageGail Bainbridge - Trustee and Treasurer

I was asked to assist Love Is All We Need with their bookkeeping in 2010. The moment I met the amazing trustees and felt the passion they had for the cause I was inspired to take on a bigger role and became a trustee.

I am fortunate enough to have been raised in a family where unconditional love and support is a given and know that this steered me on the right path and help me to achieve success in my life. I wish that every child could feel that kind of love and support which is why this charity has become so important to me. Through Love Is All We Need I have met the most wonderful people and I can truly say that it has changed my life, and we have only just started there is so much more to come.


JPEG ImageTeresa Perez Carrasco - Trustee

I was immediately touched by LIAWN in 2011 when I went along to one of their annual events.  Moved not only but their cause and achivements but also by the love, commitment and joy of the volunteers I decided to become a regular giver,shortly after that I was honored to be invited to sit on the board of trustees.

Loving, nourishing and supporting my two daughters has been and still is the most important aspect of my life, being able to now contribute to improving the lifes of our children in SA is a fulfilling experience for me.

I have never been to the Hope Centre but I would love to visit it soon and share every day life with them all.




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  • Bev's visited to the Hope Centre 2016 | Story 1

    Bev's visited to the Hope Centre 2016 | Story 1

      Bev, one of our founding trustees, had the delight of spending two months in South Africa early this year.  She spent lots of time at the Hope Centre, both speaking with Gail ( who runs the centre) , and being with the kids. She has so many stories and special times to share with us all, we're gonna share stories over the next newsletters. Here is her first account : I love the Hope Centre , and this visit was just gonna be so special.  Lisa ( our previous chairperson and trustee) and I were visiting together for the very first time together.  Lisa is the reason I ever became involved in the Hope Centre..... Some 12 years ago, we've been trustees of LIAWN together, run marathons together, you name it, we've done it.... All in the name of love !  We are passionate about this place and these kids and visiting together just so special.  We agreed to meet at the centre early one morning and were like excited children as we stood outside of the centre.  We walked in, bumping into Eric ( the head of the school) and Lynette ( teaches at the school), before going upstairs to see Gail.  Isobel, Val and Jean were upstairs too, and it felt like a family reunion.  We all came together for coffee and chatted and laughed about what the kids are up to, the lovely and funny stories that happen daily at the centre.  There are two American volunteers at the centre at the moment, and they brought the "bunnies" ( the pre school kids) in to see us.  These little ones are just the cutest, Lisa and I were straight in there for cuddles, and we were treated to a "show" of some songs they had been learning.  It wasn't long before some of the older kids heard there were " visitors" in the building , and we soon had lots of little faces peering around the door. Lisa and I were so excited placing names to the faces, some of these kids we have known since they were babies and toddlers, and they are now 8-13, it's is such a joy to be here with Lisa, to be connecting with the incredible women who run the centre, and to catch up with the kids.   Until next time - Bev x  

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