Belinda has served the NGO sector for the last decade and has been fortunate enough to gain her fundraising experience at three of South Africa’s oldest and largest NGOs, first serving Youth at Risk in the capacity of the Head of Fundraising for Girls & Boys Town SA and then as the Senior Fund Developer for Child Welfare where she spent her time working for orphaned, vulnerable, abandoned, and abused children. The empowerment of women is also a cause that is very close to her heart and her work there also enabled the essential service of an Economic Empowerment and Life Skills Centre for women in impoverished urban areas. She considers herself an advocate for the voiceless and believes that every living being has the right to a life free from suffering, cruelty, and neglect.
Belinda began her work in the animal welfare sector 5 years ago as the Communications, Education, and Resource Development Manager for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. She believes that her work in the NGO sector enables her to contribute to the formation of human and social capital in South Africa and she sees her daily efforts as an investment in the future of South African families, communities, and the economy. Belinda is a published poet, a qualified internal auditor, a WITS business school graduate, has a partially completed BA degree in Criminology, and most recently become a qualified “Alternative Parent”. Most importantly, she is both humbled and inspired by the overcomers of the world who have left her a woman forever changed. She has seen the suffering and she can never look the other way again.