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Michelle Tito's Fundraising Page

Michelle Tito's Fundraising Page

Personal message


As many of you already know, our close friend Michelle suffered a serious setback after a sudden and unexpected stroke left her partially paralysed on 10th April of this year. Upon her admission to Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital five months ago, doctors informed her that the paralysis on her left side was likely to be permanent. It was an utterly devastating blow to her loving husband Rudi, her four beautiful young children, and also to our wider community. For the past 8 years, Michelle has been incredibly active in the lives of our young children as both a "surrogate mother" and a passionate educator. She is the founding Principal of Moo Land preschool in Diep Rivier, Cape Town.

Michelle faced the first few weeks of gruelling, early recovery with the grit and grace we all know so well! She worked hard every day to go father, do better and get stronger. She has been completely focused on, and dedicated to, an intensive program of rehabilitation since the beginning of the year. In the face of mounting medical costs, adapting to new limitations and the sheer stress of early recovery, Michelle overcame almost insurmountable odds with courage and dignity. With the ongoing help of her excellent team of physios Michelle has worked hard to regain some movement, and is now able to move around unaided for short periods.


Recognising a need for high quality, affordable care for toddlers in her local area, Michelle created and developed an intimate learning space in her own home in 2011. What began with just 4 learners, grew exponentially year on year, to become the 20-strong preschool it is today.


Moo Land Mums came together in May 2019 to create fundraising opportunities, that would enable us to extend some much needed financial support to the preschool while Michelle concentrated on healing. Since then, we have been amazed and inspired by how much Michelle’s loyal network of Friends and Supporters have rallied around to support our small campaign! Last month, we held a very successful Fundraising Family Fun Day which was so well attended, that total funds raised enabled us to cover the salary of an interim teacher for three whole months. This gave Michelle the time she needed to regroup and get strong enough to return to Moo Land Preschool part-time. Though her progress has been significant in such a short amount of time we are, as yet, unsure of how long she will need to fully recover.

Now that we have met immediate needs, we will continue to raise funds for necessary building work to the property that will allow Michelle to move around safely while Rudi travels for work. This will most definitely require small updates to the kitchen, bathroom and some communal areas so that Michelle can adapt to her “new normal” with some dignity and independence. Michelle’s new reality is that she needs ramps, rails and reachable countertops to function properly at home. Despite her current disability, returning to a somewhat normal routine for both her family and students, is very important to Michelle.

The fundraising team will also be continuing to fundraise towards covering some of Michelle’s medical expenses. The key to successful rehabilitation is to keep it up week in and week out, until one is fully recovered. Unfortunately, Michelle’s medical aid covers precious few of these required sessions and we would like to continue to provide support on that front.

We would like to have the bulk of the necessary funding raised by September 2019.

We are currently raising funds for building work at Moo Land Preschool and for Michelle Tito’s physical therapy.

The campaign has raised over R37,000 in total, to date. These funds have been allocated to covering the interim teacher’s salary and some of Michelle’s medical invoices.


We are incredibly grateful for the continued and ongoing support we have had from Michelle's close friends and from past and present Moo Land Mums. It means a lot to us all to be able to offer Michelle aid at a time of crisis. She has given so much to so many of us, it is a privilege to be able to give something back to her.

We need continued support from our friends and colleagues to help us to share this fundraising campaign far and wide to make the best use of all of our networks - personal and professional. Please become a #championformichelle and share this link on social media. Please also take a moment to "Like" and "Share" our dedicated Facebook page:

We thank you all so much in advance, for helping us towards our goal sum!

All donations will go into Rose Dallas's Capitec bank account. This bank account has been set aside for the sole purpose of fundraising on behalf of Michelle and Rudi Tito. Mrs Dallas is our Fundraising Director.


  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "In our thoughts and prayers, Michelle" - Ron&Pam;

  • Aug 29, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "In our thoughts and prayers, Michelle" - Ron&Pam;

  • Aug 02, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Speedy recovery Michelle X" - Fellow Sweet Valley family

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 37.05
  • "Everything of the best for your recovery!" - Megan Franklin

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "In our thoughts and prayers, Michelle" - Ron&Pam;

  • Jul 29, 2019 - R 2 725.00
  • "Snapscan" - Snapscan Donors

  • Jul 26, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Snapscan" - Jennifer Hume

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Snapscan" - Garth Airey

  • Jul 15, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Keep going Michelle you're doing well!" - Anonymous

  • Jul 09, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "In our thoughts and prayers, Michelle" - Ron&Pam;

  • Jul 05, 2019 - USD $ 133.29
  • "Get well soon." - Anon

  • Jun 27, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Praying for you. You doing so well." - CIndy

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "With much love" - A Sweet Valley Family

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 14.16
  • "Wishing you all the best in your recovery xx" - Lindsay Barrett

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Stay strong Michelle, good on you Ian Graney" - Bruce ten Velden

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "One day at a time." - Anonymous

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you all the best Michelle , may you have a speedy recovery " - Pippa

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you strength ????" - Kelly

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing you strength in your recovery " - Alphen Veterinary Hospital

  • Jun 08, 2019 - R 300.00
  • "We are so blessed to have met you and your precious little school the love Erin has for you is evident of that - keep fighting xx" - Kristen

  • Jun 06, 2019 - USD $ 14.15
  • "Get well soon x" - Joanne

  • Jun 06, 2019 - USD $ 14.15
  • "Michelle you've got this" - living deliberately

  • Jun 06, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Get better soon Aunty Shell!" - Emily

  • Jun 06, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "With love and support! <3" - Katie

  • Jun 06, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "With our support" - Monty


Donations to date

R 37 983.07

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 25 136.00