All Heart Comes Home to Africa

“So that’s what you look like.”

Thousands of miles away, in Sarasota, Florida, Good Work Foundation (GWF) has a community of friends that we have never formally met. For over two years our “Sarasota crew,” led by the truly remarkable spirit of Leanna Knopik and the All Heart Fund, has supported our vision to challenge education in South Africa’s rural spaces.

Most of the crew have never met us in person. Never visited one of our campuses. Never seen first-hand what we are doing.

And yet they have never shown us anything but “all heart”.

It was our pleasure to be able to host our friends on African soil. To be able to say thank you. To celebrate Leanna and what she has helped us to achieve for thousands of rural Africans. How one young woman has managed to touch so many lives in such a short time is tribute to her one-of-a-kind parents and brother.

Here are some of the photos from a very special evening.

With love and special thanks to Beth, Steve and Rogers Knopik, Michael and Terri Klauber, Duncan MacLarty and the Londolozi team. And to Leanna, one of our hardest working and abundant ambassadors – what a gift, thank you!

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Londolozi’s Executive Chef, Anna Ridgewell, with two of her Varty Kitchen sous chefs, Sipho Khoza (left) and Eric Sithole (centre).

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Londolozi Operations Manager, Duncan MacLarty, and his exceptional team, set up the Varty Boma exquisitely. According to Duncan, “never before has a boma been so pink.” We reckon we can up the ante Duncan!

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For a winter’s night in the bush, the weather was beautiful, but we enjoyed the warmth of the fire pits none-the-less.

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“I want to volunteer in Africa. I’ve never been so sure of something in my whole life.” – Excerpt from Leanna’s Knopik’s diary, as read out by Beth and Steve Knopik, Leanna’s parents.

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Rogers Knopik looks on as GWF Chairman, Dave Varty, discusses how GWF – with the support of The All Heart Fund – is revolutionising the way we approach education in rural Africa. GWF supports 300 adults through an Information Technology “bridging year” and its campuses deliver digital learning to over 1500 schoolchildren per week.

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GWF CEO, Kate Groch talks about the All Heart Fund’s journey since its inception in 2013. She said: “The All Heart Fund, in memory of Leanna and inspired by her dream, was created to support the vision of Good Work Foundation to provide more children with more access to quality education and exciting learning. To create wonderful and wonder-filled learning opportunities to learners in many parts of rural South Africa. What an inspiration, what a gift and what a journey it has been.”

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Friends from Sarasota in the All Heart boma at Londolozi. GWF is an NGO partner of Londolozi Private Game Reserve and has a satellite campus located in the Londolozi village.

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Leanna’s inspirational mother, Beth Knopik, spoke about the beauty that has come from Leanna’s life.

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Michele and Vin Beni (centre) were among the guests at Safari Sarasota Interactive Dinner held at Michael’s on East in November 2013. This time round they heard the story from one of Leanna’s favourite places.

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The Londolozi choir helps us to celebrate the successes of the All Heart Fund with traditional singing and dancing.

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Michael and Terri Klauber listen as Beth speaks from Leanna’s diary. Both Michael and Terri have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help connect their American community to the potential and impact of the All Heart Fund in South Africa.

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Even the Londolozi team who weren’t on duty gathered under pink lanterns to hear about the All Heart story and partake in celebrating Leanna’s life, the All Heart Fund and the promise of more to come.

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