I recently started a series of posts called How to Help where I highlight charities around South Africa that are making a huge difference in a variety of different areas of need. I came across two project, one in Joburg and another in Cape Town, that are taking place in the next few weeks. Both would be amazing ways for you to give back. Read on for the details…
Afrika Tikkun, an NGO that works with SA’s township kids and their families to ensure a better future by providing education, health and social services through centres of excellence in South African townships, is one of the causes looking for support. On 18 August, they are holding their annual sports day at Joburg stadium where a thousand kids will meet together for sports, food and lots of fun. For many of them it is the highlight of the year. The littlest guys and girls compete in mini-Olympic events like sack races and potato and spoon races, while the older kids compete in netball, soccer and athletics. It is the yearly culmination of all the work that goes into their Sports Programme – which gives these children a platform to develop their physical abilities and skills through various sports activities and just as importantly to apply life skills in the context of teamwork, tolerance, self-discipline and listening. Local rugby heroes Mac Masina, Jonathan Moekwena and Kennedy Tsimba have already offered to be part of the day, but an event like this is really a chance for the whole city to come on board. Afrika Tikkun are looking for families and friends to volunteer their time to cheer, ref, time keep and assist. Corporate teams can take part in the netball and soccer tournaments and local businesses and corporates can sponsor prizes, sports equipment and food for the kids. To get involved email [email protected] or call 011 325 5911.
Afrika Tikkun has also partnered with KFC’s Add Hope campaign with the goal of raising enough money to feed 300 tummies for a year through their 94.7 Momentum Cycle Challenge team. This partnership is counting on riders who want to make a real difference. Interested in channeling your generosity to an incredible cause (while getting fit)? then email [email protected] or visit http://afrikatikkun-events.org Obviously the more people who join the team, the more children can be fed!
For more info on how to get involved or support either of these events please find Afrika Tikkun on Facebook and Twitter: @AfrikaTikkun.
In Cape Town on the 24th of August a few teenage girls in Kuils River will be getting pampered as a special treat for their Matric Dance. 30 girls are specifically selected by a social worker in the area who works with them and all come from very difficult and impoverished backgrounds. On the day they will be treated as “princesses” by their own “beauty therapist” by having their hands and feet massaged, a facial and their nails and make-up done for their dance.
So, how can you help. There are a few options for those based in CT. You could volunteer as a “beauty therapist” on the day to treat one girl (no professional training is required as mostly these volunteers will be normal women with no beauty background) Why not sign up to help with one of your own friends?
Another way you can help is by donating some of the following items for snack and gift packages for each girl:
nail polish, roll-on or spray deodorant, make-up, clothes (old or new), other basic toiletries such as sanitary pads.
If you are keen to donate any gifts or your time please do send an email to [email protected] Anything would be greatly appreciated and make a huge difference in their lives!