Waterkloof reaches out to crippled community on Mandela Day
Madiba Day inspires wine estate to give youngsters a new lease on life
In recognition of the 67 years of his life Madiba devoted to serving humanity, Waterkloof Wine Estate on the outskirts of Somerset West, played its part in celebrating Mandela Day by bringing relief to the local primary school in the property-stricken Sir Lowry’s Pass Village. Eight weeks ago, gearing up for Tata’s special 94th Birthday, Waterkloof in conjunction with the Sir Lowry’s Pass Community Empowerment Project, initiated a donation campaign which challenged individuals and local businesses to donate clothing, educational toys and non-perishable food to the crippled Sir Lowry’s Pass Primary School.
This campaign culminated with a charity handout at the school on 18 July, with the contributions benefitting 950 scholars between the ages of 7 and 13. “Waterkloof donated school shoes and socks to 125 Grade 1 learners and we also gave soup, sweets and drinks to all the scholars on the day. Thanks to fellow Capetonians who also followed Madiba’s example by reaching out to fellow human beings to build a better and caring society, we have managed to collect loads of non-perishable food and clothing items over the past few weeks which we also handed out to the school,” shares Waterkloof Sales and Marketing Manager Claudia Young-Kelly.
These scholars live in dire conditions in the Sir Lowry’s Pass Village. The lack of education coupled with HIV/Aids, drugs and alcohol abuse have contributed to a 40% unemployment rate with most of the inhabitants barely surviving, having to live without proper sanitation, electricity and water.
“The youngsters are the future leaders of South Africa and we cannot instil good values through education if they do not even have the basics like clothes to wear and food to eat. We know that the parents of these children are facing financial difficulty and would therefore like to assist wherever we can to improve the unfortunate social circumstances in a very poor community that has been largely forgotten,” adds Claudia.
For more information on the Sir Lowry’s Pass Community Empowerment Project visit www.empowerment-project.org or contact Toni Rimell at 072 214 4150.