A significant aspect and highlight of the annual Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction is our chance to give back to our local communities by raising much needed funds for the incredible work and projects being carried out by charitable organisations within the Cape winelands.
This year, sp(i)eel, an art’s therapies collective that works throughout the greater Cape winelands has been selected as the 2019 beneficiary of the Charity Auction. Also the beneficiary in 2017, sp(i)eel has been selected again to ensure that they can continue the incredible, grass-roots work they are delivering to communities in our rural and urban settings.
sp(i)eel runs psycho-social programmes for children, their parents and teachers with the aim to strengthen the emotional resilience of a person and to address intergenerational and complex trauma through the arts. They believe the arts offer the opportunity to connect with our true selves, to re-imagine possibilities for our futures and to transcend cultural and language barriers for a cohesive society.
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The Breytenbach Center
Based in Wellington, the Breytenbach Centre is a multidisciplinary cultural center for training and engaging with visual arts, music, drama and creative writing. The centre’s drama project – story telling through the art of puppetry – involves drama groups from the centre visiting the youth at various schools and farms in the Boland area, where, through a combination of puppetry and theatre, various issues such as hygiene, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol abuse, and animal care, are addressed. The project provides a platform for the youth to gain access to the arts while at the same time offering life skills to help them make responsible choices.
Hope Through Action
Hope Through Action is a non-profit organisation, registered both in the UK and South Africa, specifically created to bring about life-changing initiatives for young people in South Africa. Sport (more recently also arts programmes) is used as a medium, not only to develop positive life skills, physical ability and confidence, but also to assist young people in coping with difficult realities. Their vision is to through the power of sport, change lives, bring hope and to release potential.
Nelson Mandela Foundation
To mark the 100th birthday year of former President Nelson Mandela, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has been selected as this year’s benficiary.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) focuses its work on promoting dialogue as a vital instrument for addressing critical social issues and the most effective vehicle for sharing and growing memory, and for engaging it in the promotion of justice and social cohesion. This work is an attempt to find sustainable solutions to these critical social issues.
The Foundation is involved with Childhood Development programmes and will focus on programmes within the most disadvantaged communities in the Cape Winelands. One of its partners of choice is the Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD) – a non-profit organisation founded in 1994 and committed to putting young children first by ensuring quality early childhood development for our country’s youngest citizens. The Centre for Early Childhood Development is already doing a lot of work with the most disadvantaged communities in the Cape Winelands.
CECD’s early learning projects have had very positive impacts on the communities in which the centre works in that they have improved the knowledge of community members in areas such as Early Childhood Development (ECD) and the importance of early literacy and numeracy for young children to enable them to grow up as literate and numerate individuals. CECD’s projects increases both employment rates and awareness around the importance of an early education, as well as enhances ECD teachers’ abilities to teach young children in an effective manner. Many of the CECD’s projects have a focus on assisting parents in the communities in understanding the significance of ECD for their children and furthermore aim to enhance their ability to teach their children in their home environments.
The Foundation also works to ensure the people of the world have access to an integrated, dynamic and trusted resource on Nelson Mandela’s legacy. This helps them to promote his vision and work by convening dialogues and creating platforms for engagement around critical social justice issues.
We ask all those attending the Charity Auction to open your hearts and wallets for the Nelson Mandela Foundation to support Nelson Mandela’s dream, vision and legacy by helping to create a Madiba in every generation