A SUCCESS STORY WITH A DIFFERENCE
It is tough enough becoming a parent. Having to “parent” your two siblings aged 8 and 10 is really tough, when you yourself are just 14 years old! This is the story of Lee Swartz.
He never really knew his dad, who passed away when he was very young. When his mom remarried, Lee and his two younger siblings were sent to live with their aunt. And that is why at age 14 Lee found himself in charge of his 10 year old brother and 8 year old sister.
When he was in matric, Lee’s aunt became seriously ill and he made the decision to leave school so that he could earn money, to take care of his brother and sister. Not having a very high level of education, Lee moved between casual and contract retail jobs, waitering jobs and even cleaning cars - anything to earn his keep. Then, two months ago, at the end of one of Lee’s short term contract periods, his aunt died unexpectedly. Lee and his siblings have until year end to leave their aunt’s home.
PAYING IT FORWARD
Averil is blessed to be a person who just loves
working. Having been a front end supervisor in the retail world for years, she felt it was time to harness her entrepreneurial spirit and fly solo. So she started her own business, driving children home after school. But Averil could not sustain her family on her earnings and found herself desperately needing full time work again. She also wanted a change from the “mega retailers”.
Averil registered with DreamWorker and kept coming back week after week, popping in to see what was on offer. It is this drive and enthusiasm, combined with her wonderful ability to self manage, that led to Averil becoming the manager of the Animal Rescue Shop in Bergvliet.