In this world there are so few people who mean what they say, and do what they say they will. Candice Brink, Customer Services Director at Nexus, is one such person. We interviewed her to find out more about her remarkable story, as a Nexus staff member who doesn’t just give our charitable initiatives lip service, but really commits – with her heart and soul.
Q: How did you come to be involved with Hannah’s Place of Safety? (HPOS)
I help out where I can and on one occasion, I was told that the kids of HPOS needed a few items. I popped in to drop off some goods and immediately connected with the kids and the host family.
Q: Of all the organisations in South Africa, why have you chosen HPOS to be involved with?
They care for kids in a time of desperate need. Janine, the house mother, gave up her high paying job to do this full time. Her selfless love and continuous sacrifices ensure a better life for all the kids that pass through HPOS. She is my absolute hero.
Q: It sound like the work they do is amazing. What drives you to want to be involved?
The kids are there for safety reasons – all of them came to HPOS because they were abused, neglected or abandoned. What they need is love, stability and affection. Even though I cannot care for all of them on a full time basis, I feel the need to make a difference where I can. After spending so much time with the kids, I’ve learned to take nothing for granted – a simple hug could be the highlight of their day.
Q: Tell us about your bond with Ezra.
Ezra is a special child from HPOS. He came to HPOS when he was only a few weeks old, and he was the smallest baby I’d ever seen. I love all the kids but Ezra was extra special from the beginning. He was unfortunately abandoned at birth, and he came straight from the hospital.
Q: At what point did you realise that you wanted to go through the process of adopting Ezra?
My family also fell in love with him and when we heard that he needed a foster family we jumped at the opportunity. We are currently fostering him and need to foster him for two years before we can apply for adoption. I was officially named as his caregiver on 1st March 2018. He is too young to understand now, but I hope he will be as happy as we are with my decision.
Q: What are you dream and hopes for him?
I know he will be a strong successful man one day, but all I want right now is for him to feel safe, loved and completely happy.
We love stories like this, where our employees demonstrate their commitment, energy and positive will to change South Africa, for the better. Candice, as your Nexus family, we wish you and your loved ones all the very best into the future, as you build many happy memories together.