VP Sales and Marketing, Dream Racing
Bio: I grew up in “Nelson Mandela land”: South Africa. I was born in the 70s and hence was a teenager in the 90s when Mandela was released from prison. I remember apartheid so vividly during my younger years, I saw the poverty, inequalities and suffering of a broken nation; broken people. And then I saw how just one man touched so many lives in a deep and inspiring way. One man: one lifetime.
My experience in humanitarian work has spanned many years from as young as my memory serves me; we helped the poor, hungry, aged, and sick. As South Africans, we did this work instinctually as it was needed all around us. Community service wasn't a punishment but rather a pleasure and every small act went far. I completed by Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and Linguistics with the dream of becoming a diplomat. Although this never came to fruition, I have remained focused on the idea of bringing people together, enriching lives, and doing whatever small act of kindness I can, wherever I am.
I was fortunate enough to travel and live in many other impoverished cities around the world where I learnt the languages, taught the young and the old English, and represented South Africa as a young ambassador during my year in Brazil. This included many experiences with NPOs of varying nature. More recently, our family has been actively involved with the Cambodian Children's Fund, based in Phnom Penh. As a family, we sponsor almost 20 children whom we have personal relationships with and have seen the incredible impact our support and love has given them.
It was from working with children and after having two amazing daughters of my own that Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada became an organization I was drawn towards. Las Vegas is an electric city full of resources and people who wish to make a difference. I am so excited to be a part of a team who are tangibly making a positive impact on 'at risk' children and their families. I believe we all have the “Mandela touch” within us: never doubt the impact your one small contribution—tangible or intangible—can make on another person's life.
I serve on the board because... Helping others is a part of my family’s DNA.
My wish would be... To raise the next generation to be kind, compassionate, unentitled human beings.