Children in rural farm areas to benefit from Nederburg Auction Charity Proceeds

Organisers of the annual Nederburg Auction recently hosted a lunch at Nederburg Winery in Paarl for the three NGO beneficiaries of the Nederburg Charity Auction.  Last year the charity sale raised close to R200 000 for The Anna Foundation, The Pebbles Project Trust and the Goedgedacht Trust.

“Where there is hope, there is opportunity to shape and empower young minds and hearts for a better life”, commented Sonja Morkel, Distell’s Corporate Social Investment Controller, who manages the Charity Auction portfolio on behalf of the organisers. “These organisations work tirelessly to bring hope and encouragement to rural communities – they’re an inspiration and we salute their common goal to  change the world, one child at a time.”

Sophia Warner, founder and director of the Pebbles Project, said; “ We believe that education, health and self empowerment are the starting points in helping impoverished children break free from the damaging cycles of poverty – these ideals are the cornerstones of our After School Club Life Skills Programme.  With 650 children currently enrolled, we’re thrilled to be able to use the funding from the Nederburg Charity Auction to expand the curriculum.”

Likewise, Ingrid Lestrade, director of the Goedgedacht Trust’s Path-out-of-Poverty Programme, will be putting the charity auction proceeds towards their school holiday programme, specifically for the lunch feeding schemes. “The meal that we provide is sometimes the only nourishment that these children receive in an entire day – how can we expect them to play and learn if their most basic needs are not met?” she said.

Anna Brom-Olivier, the driving force behind the Anna Foundation, which offers education, sports and life development for rural farm children in South Africa, will be using their portion of the charity auction proceeds for the “3 R’s: Reading, Running and Right-ing” programme in the Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch areas. She explained: “The funds will be split between our educational interventions and the training of the farm women who implement the programmes, and includes purchasing educational resources for younger learners (grades R, 1 and 2).”

An integral part of the Nederburg Auction, the charity auction, held in the auction hall at the close of the main auction on the Saturday, is committed to supporting the pivotal role that all three organisations play in uplifting young individuals who come from impoverished communities. The Charity Auction line up for 2012 will be announced shortly.