Ashlyn is a disability rights activist. Through her brothers’ experience, she became aware of the needs of disabled children for financial assistance, support and assistive devices and became motivated to fight for the rights of children with disabilities. She became a senior leader in the Disability Ministry Program. She did her first fundraiser at 7 years old for the Down Syndrome Association Amathole; at 8 she raised funds for the Western Cape Cerebral Palsy association. Ashlyn joined the Chaeli Campaign Pay-It-Forward Ambassadors program. Each year, as an Ambassador, Ashlyn was required to do a project. These projects raised R12 000 for the Chaeli Campaign. In 2015 she started her Hampers of Hope feeding project, which benefitted 222 people. She has put into place 5 programs within Raising Hope SA that reached more than 1300 people. The Melkhoutfontein Inclusive Centre is her most recent project, which encourages children and adults with disabilities to develop to their maximum functional independence level. In the future, she wants to take Raising Hope SA to a national and even international level and grow Melkhoutfontein Inclusive Centre into a model to be applied.
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