"Since calling for nominations and motivations, we've received a deluge of submissions and we're looking forward to bringing some Christmas cheer to well-deserving people," says Lloyd Madurai, managing director of HOT 102.7FM.

"HOT Cares Christmas is about giving back and it’s always uplifting to bring some joy and relief to people who really need it," adds Madurai.

A recent HOT Cares Christmas recipient was Palesa Mofokeng, who was nominated by her boyfriend Justice Ramoba. Mofokeng is the founder and principal of the Queen Butterfly Foundation, which is a centre for children with profound disabilities.

"Between being the centre manager, fundraiser and a staff member at Queen Butterfly, she has almost died with stress this year," says Ramoba. "But, I've watched her going through this with such grace, because of how much she is willing to suffer and sacrifice for her calling, which is to serve mentally and physically disabled children."

"She never puts herself first; she is my Wonder Woman and has helped me become a better person," adds Ramoba.

The station highlights that a lot of that stress came about after Mofokeng was found to have a tumour in one of her ears. She had to undergo surgery and was diagnosed with Lupus, which is a disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.

"This dragged on for three months and was the source of endless pain for her," says Ramoba.

Ramoba says that Mofokeng is the couple's main breadwinner, but has not had a salary for five months — choosing instead to pay the other members of her team first. 

"I love her so much and I wish she could just relax these holidays, knowing that our rent is paid and that we have food," says Mofokeng. "She works so hard, she loves people and always does her best to bring about good positive vibes; but she has a lot on her shoulders."

On learning of Palesa's situation, the HOT Cares Christmas team says that they decided to make a difference in her life and gave:
  • six months' rent
  • six months' groceries, and
  • payment of her electricity account.
The total gift value stands at R50 000.

Individuals are encouraged to listen to the handover of the gift here. They are also encouraged to nominate other recipients by contacting [email protected]

HOT Cares Christmas stories will be airing on the station's breakfast show between 06:00 and 09:00 and on The Big Joburg Drive between 15:00 and 18:30 every day. This is until Wednesday, 15 December.

For more information, visit www.hot1027.co.za.