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Babalwa Mali

MSF Donor Babalwa Mali

Why I give to MSF

BABALWA MALI, client liaison officer, Gems Medical Aid, Pretoria

Babalwa became a regular MSF donor after meeting our Face-to-Face Fundraising team
in Pretoria in 2011. “I really want to make a difference in the world. With MSF, I know the little that I give goes a long way. R50 is a lot for some people, but for others it just a small sacrifice – like giving up one burger meal every month. So why not do it?”

Babalwa lives by the isiZulu saying, “impilo ye sizwe isesandleni zethu” – which means “people’s lives are in our hands”.
“Young people are the future leaders and if we don’t start changing things now to make it better for the people around us, then who will? I’m willing to contribute for as long as I can and hopefully do more someday,” she says.

Michael Jones

MSF donor Michael Jones

Why I give to MSF

Michael Jones, CEO of Clover and Fonterra's dairy export joint-venture

“One of the things that appealed to us about MSF is its neutrality,” says Michael Jones, CEO of Clover and Fonterra’s dairy export joint-venture, of the company’s decision to support MSF. “There is no agenda in their work, and they have a clear focus - giving healthcare to those who really need it.”

Jones, a father of three small children, grew up in a small town in New Zealand, but moved to the city to pursue his studies and favourite sports. After starting at Fonterra in an entry-level job, his determination to succeed saw him promoted in a succession of management positions in the Philippines, Singapore, Australia, United Arab Emirates and finally, South Africa.

His travels have exposed Jones to extreme poverty and appalling living conditions. “When you’ve seen people earning a living from a mountain of rubbish or living in a boat surrounded by filthy water, it really makes you want to improve these lives by giving back,” he says of his involvement and commitment through Fonterra to continue supporting MSF’s work.

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