Michelle and Andrew Longman are an unconventional couple who decided to “rebel” against society after life offered them not one but many lemons.
In 2016, they found refuge in a community of small holdings where it’s expected (not just accepted) that you have a multitude of pets including dogs, cats, ducks, birds, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens.
During 2017, Michelle began fundraising for the local Plot Watch by opening a thrift shop and organising fundraising events i.e. markets and dances. She continued this until 2019, when she decided to use these fundraising skills to raise funds for the diabetic community. (Michelle and Andrew’s child, Storm, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 7, in January 2013.) Unfortunately, this project was cancelled with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
2020’s lockdown was a challenging time for everyone and Michelle used this time to focus on sourcing previously-used household goods to pass onto to the farm workers in her community. This initiative has grown so much that she now assists people to clear out their garages and/or store rooms.
In 2021, Michelle started The Networking Daisies (networking events for women) and she also offers virtual assistance to small businesses and business executives. Her corporate history can be viewed at Linked In.
Andrew is the Branch Manager at Rutherford Makita Power Tools, Cape Town.