In memory of her son, this mom is doing random acts of kindness on his birthday #FromHenryBear
Photo Credit: Catherine Klopper

Every year, people come together to honour the life of Henry Klopper who passed in 2016, helping his memory live on in changing the lives of others.


South Africa (03 July 2024) – A few years ago, Catherine Klopper started a small project to honour her late son, Henry. She invited friends and family to do small acts of kindness in his name, so he could live on in the goodness of others. Henry’s birthday is on the 11th of July and this year would have been his 12th birthday. Over the years, many acts of kindness have been shared and this year is no different!

When he was 3 years old, Henry was diagnosed with ‘Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas’ (DIPG) which are highly aggressive and difficult-to-treat brain tumours found at the base of the brain. Sadly he passed away just weeks after his 4th birthday. The family were devastated but decided to honour his life through random acts of kindness.

Every year, on his birthday, Catherine encourages friends and family to do something small in honour of Henry’s memory. The random acts of kindness are then done throughout July and spread across the internet using the hashtag #FromHenryBear.

In the past, kind deeds have always included helping animals, collecting dog food for the family’s much-loved organisation CLAW and sometimes collecting money for the causes too. However, there is no limit on what kind of kindness one wishes to bestow on another person. Your act can be for an organisation or an individual. Just pick your random act of kindness and dedicate it to Henry.

The deeds have already started. Family friend Colleen is dedicating her acts of kindness towards animal welfare organisations Thaba Tshwane Dogs and Lyttelton Manor cat colony.

So if you are looking for a way to give back, you can do your charitable work in Henry’s name. If you do, remember to add the hashtag #FromHenryBear so Catherine can see how far and wide Henry’s kindness can travel.

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