SOS Africa Charity Staff
Introducing the SOS Africa Children's Charity Staff based at our Fundraising Office in Somerset, UK and 3 Education Centre's in Mafikeng, Grabouw and Somerset West, South Africa...
SOS Africa, UK Office
Matt Crowcombe was just a young 18-year-old on a gap year placement at the International School in Mafikeng when he and school teacher Henry Matthews shared an idea over a bowl of jelly and ice-cream. Little did they know that this idea would flourish into a successful organisation empowering over 100 children through education. On his return to the UK, Matt began his studies at Swansea University and dedicated every spare moment to raising money for the SOS Africa cause together with his friends and family. In 2010 SOS Africa had a break through when Hyundai partnered the charity during the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa. This inspired Matt to pursue a full-time career in SOS Africa. Since August 2011, Matt has set the fundraising bar higher and higher with a variety of daring and creative fundraising challenges; has personally corresponded with each and every one of our 150 child sponsors around the World and continued to evolve SOS Africa's Education Programmes and support throughout South Africa. Without realising it, at 18 years old Matt embarked on a lifetime dedication to transforming children's lives, and their communities, through the empowerment of education.
Claudia Titley joined SOS Africa’s UK team in 2009. A skilled graphic designer with a passion for education and a love for children, Claudia’s creativity has transformed the charity’s marketing approach; it is no co-incidence that SOS Africa’s support base and global sponsorship grew exponentially soon after she joined our team. Always smiling, Claudia inspires those around her and is adored by the SOS Africa children. Claudia’s dedication to our cause was further demonstrated in 2013, when she fearlessly Kayaked around the Island of Mauritius to raise funds for the SOS Africa Children. Regularly spotted at the top of a high-rise building, Claudia is also a talented photographer and captures brave fundraisers conquering their fears for the SOS Africa cause. Also a Part 2 Architect, Claudia is currently designing SOS Africa’s first Education Centre Building Project which will be built in Grabouw, South Africa, later this year. Claudia is one of the main driving-forces behind the charity’s future development and an invaluable member of our UK Team.
SOS Africa, Western Cape
Anna Lusty joined SOS Africa in September 2013, heading up the charity’s Western Cape Operations. With a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector, Anna established and developed SOS Africa’s first education programmes in the region. Thanks to her commitment and dedication, in the years that followed the charity has expanded to provide a holistic education and learning support to over 80 children from two different areas. She is greatly admired for her unquestionable dedication to the SOS Africa staff and children. In addition to her SOS Africa role, Anna is a talented photographer and works with several schools, universities and businesses in the region. Anna is an asset to our team and with her support we are confident the scope of education programmes will grow to assist schools throughout the Western Cape.
SOS Africa, Grabouw
SOS Africa, Somerset West
SOS Africa, Mafikeng
Jenny Matthews is our longest serving member of staff in South Africa, having worked for SOS Africa Mafikeng since the charity was first founded in January 2003. Jenny is now responsible for the management of our Mafikeng Education Programme. Her devotion to the SOS Africa children is revered by everyone she meets. Jenny chooses to be on-call 24 hours and is always there to support our children whenever they need her. Our children see Jenny as their second mother; each Mother’s Day she is flooded with cards and gifts thanking her for all she does. In addition to her SOS Africa role, Jenny is Primary School Secretary of the International School of South Africa in Mafikeng. We are all indebted to Jenny for the incredible impact she has had upon the lives of our children. SOS Africa wouldn’t be what it is today without her dedication over the years.