Marco Van Embden



For the past thirty years, Marco has served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman on the boards of numerous organisations both in his professional and personal capacity. From 2003 - 2013, he was Chairman of the Mouille Point Rate Payers Association.

Since 1975, he has been an entrepreneur in various business sectors including wholesale, property administration and as founder and CEO of a highly successful bespoke travel company. A recipient of many awards and accolades for his tireless voluntary work and dedication to various organisations, he embodies a passion for community upliftment which is a core value in his far reaching success.


  • Gifts of Kindness

  • Homelessness

Approximately 7000 men, women and children live on the streets of Cape Town finding what little shelter they can when the stormy Cape winters bring icy winds, driving rain and plummeting temperatures.

This was what moved our founder, Marco Van Embden, to start an organisation straight from the heart. He realised that something as simple as a coat can make an enormous difference in the lives of the homeless of Cape Town. So, at his sixtieth birthday, he asked friends and family to bring coats instead of gifts - and the idea grew from there. He gathered a team of like-minded people and organisations around him to help him get coats onto the streets and to the people who most need them.