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About Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation

Where Our Story Began

Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation (#gb4adhd) was proudly founded by psychiatrist, Professor Renata Schoeman (“Goldilocks”) and Nic de Beer (“The Bear)”. In 2017, Nic and Renate competed in the 3-day African X trail run. They made the decision to raise funds while competing, with the intention to donate the proceeds to a non-profit organisation supporting children with ADHD. However, they were unable to find an organisation which offered these services, and so the idea of the Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation was born. The Foundation was officially registered as a non-profit organisation/public beneficiary organisation in 2017, introducing South African’s first free ADHD screening and early intervention services.

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How our story is unfolding

Since the inception of Goldilocks and The Bear, we have expanded our focus and services to screen for all mental health difficulties. We have a screening centre based in Parow in the Western Cape, and also visit underprivileged schools and community organisation where we provide free screening for children in an effort to identify ADHD, anxiety, depression, visual- and hearing problems, and developmental problems. Together with our volunteers (e.g., optometrists, audiologists, occupational therapists and educational psychologist), we are able to provide these services free of charge.

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What does the future of the foundation look like?

We would like to offer screening services across the country and continue to provide equal opportunity to children in underprivileged communities.

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Our Team

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Prof Renata Schoeman
Board of directors and co-founder

Renata is a psychiatrist in private practice as well as a senior lecturer in Leadership and a virtual faculty member of University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development’s Neuroleadership programme.

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Nic de Beer
Board of Directors, Co-founder and Managing Director

Nic is an entrepreneur and has a BProc Degree. He is a passionate trail and road runner, as well as a running coach.

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Yongama Njisane
Board of Directors

Yongama is a principal economist at the Competitions Commission and is currently completing his Masters in Economics at the University of KwaZulu Natal.

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Dr Anusha Lachman
Advisory Board

Dr Lachman is a child psychiatrist and lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. She serves on the Board of the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) and as an executive member for the African Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.

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Nwabisa Mayema
Advisory Board

Nwabisa currently serves as the Strategic Partnerships Director at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship South Africa. Nwabisa also sits on the Board of Directors of the Craft & Design Institute and the Board of Trustees of the World Wildlife Fund South Africa. She holds a degree in Political Science & Public Administration.

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Johan van Lill
Board of Directors

Johan is an author, education specialist, radio documentarist, social entrepreneur, and arts philanthropist. He is the project coordinator for the newly established Curro Learner Support Unit (CLSU), as well as a qualified assessor and moderator of learning programmes and facilitator of learning.

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Tawni Voges
Operations Manager

Tawni has an Honours in Psychology and is currently completing her Masters in
Research Psychology, with specialisation in the stigma associated with ADHD in children.

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Claire Tobin
Psychometrist

Claire has an Honours in Psychology and is a registered psychometrist. She assists with screening and educational assessments. She is also involved with our website management.

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Robyn Leigh Saffers
Mental health screening assistant

Robyn has an Honours in Psychology and assists with screening children for mental health challenges.