The hope of a second wind


Chance mainPam Green of Second Chances believes that true change is possible if everyone plays a part in improving the lives of their fellow citizens. (Images: Second Chances)

A complicated break-up left Pam Green destitute, but she managed to overcome adversity with the help of close friends who lent her their support.

Following her personal triumph, Green took it upon herself to help other people going through similar struggles who had also been left without a home or a means to provide for themselves.

Shortly after making this decision, she founded Second Chances, an initiative aimed at creating social upliftment and embracing ubuntu, the spirit of helping your fellow citizen, through social media.

“I have always felt the desire to help,” Green told Independent Online.

“In my school days I used to go a couple of times a week and volunteer at orphanages in the afternoons. I started actively initiating projects and getting more involved… It is very important to pay it forward and always remember where you come from.”

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Social media has fast become a powerful tool for companies and organisations to get their names into the public eye and drive their business.

It is no surprise then that Second Chances tapped into this potential to help drive social upliftment and get South African citizens to play an active role in improving the lives of the less fortunate.

The organisation makes use of social media to bring pressing issues such as unemployment, poverty and substance abuse to the attention of people who are in a position to help. In this way, it acts as a link between the source of help and where the help is needed.


If you would like to play a part in this online initiative that is changing people’s lives one tweet at a time, visit its get involved page for more details.

To see some of the great work Second Chances is doing, visit its Facebook page.

“I’m so grateful to those who now follow the work that I do, who support the work that I do and get involved,” Green said.

“But most importantly (I am grateful) to the people who trust me enough to get involved in their lives.”

Watch Green pay it forward:


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