Spences making a difference - one child at a time

Errol and Donna Spence
Errol and Donna Spence Warren Lynam/185848

ERROL and Donna Spence know more than most about the overwhelming challenges facing poverty-stricken children in Zimbabwe.

Millions suffer from malnutrition, disease and prolonged suffering.

Many of the kids never see the inside of a school, know the comfort of regular meals, proper clothing or a roof over their head.

So how can one Sunshine Coast couple 12,000 kilometres away make a difference?

As Donna puts it, one child at a time.

"It can be very overwhelming," the Diddillibah mum admits.

"You have to just keep helping the one."

Since 2006, the Spence family, together with many Coast supporters, have been doing amazing work through Vana Childcare Ministries.

They established the Vana Centre in Chivhu, Zimbabwe, which provides housing and support for orphaned, and vulnerable children. The children live permanently in family-size homes with loving mothers to care for them.

It will also house eight children and a mother. And cost $50,000.

In recent years, they have already seen the enormous difference their existing homes have made.

"All you need to give children is a bed, clothes, a meal and love and you get a smile on their faces," Donna says.

"Every child has a right to have a smile."

Errol, who has a business importing art from Zimbabwe, and Donna are keen to help the locals get back on their feet by ensuring children get a basic education and communities become self-sufficient.

Vana will hold a gala dinner at Buderim Tavern on May 30 to raise funds. It will feature the six-piece classic soul and rock band Soul Fixx as well as inspirational insights into their work.

Tickets are $135 a head. Bookings can be made on 1300 592 481 or via email on Note: an earlier supplied email was incorrect.

More info on Vana can be found at https:// or by following them on Facebook.



  • Nutrition and clean water
  • Educational opportunities
  • Medical / health care
  • Loving community / family support

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