In the wake of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, in March and April 2019, CADENA South Africa embarked on an urgent fundraising initiative in order to effectively help our neighbours in Mozambique. Our initial plan was to approach a number of different sponsors to secure the funding we required to run a successful mission. However, not only did the Ramson Cross Foundation answer our call-to-action, they wanted to fund the entire mission.
The Ramson Cross Foundation is a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) that disburses charitable funds through conduit funding as well as donating funds directly to individuals in need. The organisation was established by Dr Ratshidi Rammutla, a sought-after neurosurgeon based in Johannesburg whose great sensitivity to his patients’ conditions is well known throughout South Africa. Witnessing the daily pain and suffering of others inspired him to start the foundation in order to help vulnerable individuals and communities outside of the operating theatre. Dr Rammutla believes “that if you can, you should”. He expands this idea by going onto say “If you, as a human being or a group, find yourself in a position to impact change in society, this means you have been given a privileged opportunity. Using that capability and capacity to help others becomes more than a good deed, more than a favour. It becomes your responsibility to effect change in the world. If you have been blessed, you have been chosen to share. It’s not a choice, it’s a responsibility”.
The father of three envisions a future in which his, and all South African children, can thrive without fear and without prejudice. “The Ramson Cross Foundation can help to ensure that we no longer short-change future generations and instead create a landscape of hope and sharing for them”.
Foundation trustee and Dr Rammutla’s wife, Corene Breedt-Rammutla, is a charismatic woman and a known powerhouse amongst South African welfare organisations. Corene’s background in occupational therapy has led her to become a dynamic businesswomen in the aged care industry. She fully supports her husband’s vision and trusts in their mutual belief that by doing the right thing in the right way they will fulfil their destiny to change the world for the better.
CADENA SA is honoured to partner with the Ramson Cross Foundation. We know that by our two organisations working together – both with a core belief in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) – there is no limit to the amount of good we can do for our country and our continent.