Numinous Expeditions

“Numinous” (adj.) – a strong spiritual quality, filled with a sense of the presence of divinity.

Numinous Expeditions is our way of paying it forward. Inspired by personal experience, change in perspective, and a huge sense of adventure. The journey will take us through 64 countries over the course of 10 years. Our aim is to spread awareness about stem cell donation and add ethnic diversity to the donor registry, find matches for those without and create awareness for Fanconi Anemia.

A Diagnosis Turned Into A Journey.

Back in 2017 we were leading a normal lifestyle, our goals and aspirations focused on growing our business, being financially successful, and settling down in our home town – Nelspruit.

Things started changing for us when I got sick, and eventually ended up in hospital without being the least bit prepared for what was about to follow for the next two years, and the remainder of our lives together.

Admitted for one month in a government hospital in Nelspruit, we tried to hold on to our livelihood. Jolandie ran the business, with me directing over the phone. We thought that we would be able to regain control of the situation. My blood levels were extremely low, my energy depleted, and after a series of bone marrow biopsies we soon found out that my bone marrow was failing.

The remainder of 2017 was filled with frequent blood transfusions and frustrating hospital experiences. Eventually we were referred to another medical institute in Pretoria, who treated me for a couple of months. We were sure that things would get better, but off course my condition worsened, and they had no choice but to refer us to the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town for a peripheral stem cell transplant (formerly known as a bone marrow transplant)…….

Our Goals & Mission


Create awareness and recruit as many diverse stem cell donors, in as many countries as possible.


Our expedition will take us to 64 countries across Africa, Europe and Asia.


Educating and learning from others. Sharing experiences and inspiring others.


Living on the road for at least 10 years and overcoming challenges along the way.

Matches On The Map

10 Years | 3 Continents | 64 Countries

South Africa to Vietnam

To learn more about the Matches on the Map Expedition, read more below.

Stem Cell Donors Recruited And Counting!

Matches on the Map Official Partners

At the moment, we fund the project through the sales of our handmade goods such as our “Boepens Bag”. At times, there are no trading markets in an area (such as Eswatini and Lesotho) and we are unable to make an income. This greatly affects our awareness and recruitment efforts as it also restricts our donor drives solely to markets at times and this is not necessarily where we could add diversity to the registry as we’d hope. The following partners assists us by taking the weight off our shoulders and giving us more time to focus on recruitment efforts and keeping Betsy’s wheels rolling. Before we leave South Africa, we will need at least 10 Official Partners to cover the costs of the project and keep on going.


Building Betsy Contributors

It takes a village to raise a child and it took a community to build Betsy! Thank you to all our partners who have made it possible for us to complete Betsy. Thank you to all our wonderful friends, family and kind strangers who lend a helping hand and who have supported our mission every step of the way!


Our mission will take us to 64 countries, throughout 3 continents in the hopes of recruiting as many, diverse stem cell donors on the road as possible. In order to do this, we’ll need to live on the road fulltime in our home on wheels.

We have a range of handcrafted products that we sell at various local artisanal markets. The handmade nature of our products allow us to work from the truck while living on the road full-time.

With the help of the SABMR we’ve set up a BackaBuddy account that aims in keeping the mission going, funding the testing and logistics of the samples, and helping others find THAT ONE MATCH for a second chance at life. We’re also including the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund as a beneficiary, who are in search of new cancer treatments and supports families affected by Fanconi Anemia.

Together with your help, it becomes possible to be the link between life-savers and those who are in need of a second chance. Making a financial contribution to the matches on the map expedition will not only assist with operational costs, but might mean giving back someone’s tomorrow! For those who would like to contribute solely to our expenses on the road, we list our banking details below:

First National Bank (FNB), LR LEWIS, Cheque Account, 626 186 86 276, Branch Code – 250016, SWIFT Code – FIRNZAJJ, Branch Address – 1 Parkin St, Mbombela, 1201.

You are more than welcome to contact Nadia Chalkley, Head of Donor Recruitment at the SABMR should you like to become a volunteer –, 021 447 8638.



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