It’s been 251 days since Christopher Tosi moved into Kruger National Park but the passionate South African has already raised almost R250,000 through charitable donations while showcasing our beautiful wildlife to the world.
South Africa (07 March 2023) – Christopher Tosi moved into Kruger National Park on the 29th of June 2022 with one aim, showcase the “jewel of South Africa” while raising funds for the Smile Foundation.
Documenting every moment of every day on his Instagram, Tosi is hoping to raise R8,6 million for the South African Non-Profit Organisation Charity.
The Smile Foundation was started 23 years ago by former president Nelson Mandela to help children born with cleft lips and palates.
In 2000, Thabile Manyathi wrote to Nelson Mandela asking for help to take her child overseas for a specialised procedure to correct facial paralysis. Mandela reached out to Marc Lubner and Drs. Ron Zucker and Craig Van Der Kolk were invited to South Africa to transfer their skills to local surgeons. The Star Smile Fund was founded by the Lubner family and the Independent Newspaper group, which in 2007, expanded and was rebranded as Smile Foundation South Africa. Smile Foundation has helped provide plastic surgery to over 4,500 children affected by burns and facial abnormalities.
In 2022 alone, Smile Foundation performed over 1,000 free surgeries for children in South Africa.
Their vision is to help children live a life inspired by confidence and possibility, no matter their circumstances. Smile’s mission is to transform the lives of children affected by facial abnormalities and severe burns through the best possible surgical and psychological care. Their duty is to care. Smile Foundation fights to help every child that needs them, no matter the perceived limitation of resources. They’ve been at this a long time and know how to equip families so they succeed in the long journey to recovery.
The Smile Foundation has spent decades ensuring the process is paved with empathy and professionalism and Tosi is doing everything in his power to help them.
“In January 2021, I checked into the Kruger National Park in South Africa for a planned three-week break. I ended up staying for 86 days. Now I am back to do it again! This time around, through a fundraiser, I am going to raise R8,600,000 for Smile Foundation South Africa,” says Tosi.
It’s been 251 days since “Project 86 days in Kruger” was initiated and the passionate South African has raised almost R250,000 through charitable donations from individuals around the world, while showcasing beautiful Kruger National Park!
“I have auctioned off time-share stays that were donated to me, products, stays at concessions in Kruger National Park, and lodges in Greater Kruger. I have numerous lodge stay competitions in the waiting, together with products from globally recognised brands.”
And his posts are incredible! To follow his journey or donate to his charitable cause, click here.