As I cherish my final few days in Victoria, I can't help but reflect on this wonderful experience that brought inspiration and generosity from the friends and supporters who have continued to provide a firm base on which Ukulapha continues to grow.
I take this opportunity to share with you the marvelous fundraiser we had recently at the Royal Colwood Golf Club. The energy and spirit was high, and every moment warmed my heart and solidified my resolve, with your help, to continue to provide for those in the Slangspruit township, and Slangspruit Primary School.
UKULAPHA 2018 FUNDRAISER
OUR BEST YEAR EVER!
And thanks to your overwhelming generosity, our fundraiser generated a total of just over
Mr. Msomi (Slangspruit Primary School Principal) was simply overwhelmed with the generosity of our Victoria friends, and he returns to school to share the great news that his new Canadian friends demonstrated their support!
Throughout the next year as we put your generous donations to good use!
PLEASE ENJOY SOME PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR SPECTACULAR EVENING!
IT TAKES A VILLAGE.... OF VOLUNTEERS !
And I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you who participated in making our 2018 fundraiser such a success!
Russell Drummond for being our exceptional Master of Ceremony and making sure our evening flowed smoothly. Matthew Coffey for making sure that every potential bump was quickly smoothed over. Susheela Dason and Oliver Dason for manning our entry table and ensuring a smooth start to our evening. Gail Watson and Tafadzwa Matamba for the exceptional photographs of our evening. Michael Tarantino and Kelly Chan for overseeing our greeting card purchase table and raising over $1200.00 in card sales. Toni Bird for manning our Lunch Box Bingo station and raising over $500.00 towards the purchase of a special lunch for all 1120 Slanspruit Primary School children. Vernice Shostal for showcasing exquisite South African jewellery for sale. Gifty Serbeh-Dunn (Shea Butter Market), Amy Matamba (Zimbabwe Music Society) and Nancy Wood (The Magical Power of Color children's book) for participating in our Market Vendor stations. Emily Clare and Ainslee Arthurs for exceptional door prize ticket sales. Bryan Emery for ensuring smooth credit card transactions and donations throughout the entire evening. Alan Hutchinson and Moe Christiansen for providing exceptional jazz music throughout our evening. Mbira Spirit (Amy Matamba and Tafadzwa Matamba) for entertaining the room with some tunes and African flair.
AND A SPECIAL HEARTFELT THANKS TO:
Brian Howe (Odlum Brown Limited) for full sponsorship of our fundraiser evening.
Bruce Brown, Philip Nurse (Royal Colwood Golf Club General Manager) and Christina Byrne (Royal Colwood Golf Club Food & Beverage Manager) for the generous donation of our reception room and outstanding service by exceptional staff throughout the entire organization process and event evening.
Johanna Socha (Island Gals Media Group) for organizing our fundraiser from start to finish and pulling together all threads to make this such a memorable evening.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
One of the highlights of our evening was a video presentation of one of our star scholarship students, Lungelo Madlala.
Lungelo's scholarship has been funded the entire 5 years at Alexandra High School by his sponsor Johanna Socha, and during the fundraiser she watched the following videos along with everyone in the room, but her heart was especially full with pride at what an outstanding young man he has become. From Lungelo's first year at Alexandra High School he took advantage of every opportunity: Joining various clubs and athletics, all while maintaining a solid grade average which consistently put him in the top 50 learners out of 200 in his grade level. Lungelo has won numerous awards along the way, is a teacher's favorite for his diligence, hard work, respect, humble gratitude and perserverence, and graduates with a Principal's Special Award of distinction. (Awarded to only 2 graduates.)
It has been a privilege and honor to sponsor Lungelo's education and participate in his journey these last 5 years. Lungelo has not only shined academically every year, but has developed into an outstanding young man and I couldn't be more proud to watch this shy young boy turn into a future leader. I am also grateful for the opportunity to get to know him personally over the years and develop a relationship and bond with Lungelo that surpasses our distance. I look forward to meeting him in person soon.
For anyone who is perhaps "on the fence" about participating in sponsoring a student and facilitating an opportunity for better education, I urge you to take the chance. I guarantee that what you "give" will be returned many times over with what you "get" in return, watching these young people flourish, when given the opportunity.