Dignity Drive

A big thank you to all who supported our dignity drive.  We received over 350 bags back which were distributed largely on two days in December.  The first was an early morning drop off on the 8th of December.  We met together loaded our cars and went to the streets searching for people in need.  It was wonderful watching in your rearview mirror as people opened up their bags – we saw big smiles, dancing and the occasional person trying to chase us down to say thank you.  Of course there were a few that were ungrateful and rude, but that doesn’t make us stop giving.  It just reminded us that when we receive that its not always because we asked or deserve good things  its just because the giver wants to give.

The second drop off happened at the Methodist feeding Scheme in Greyville. Up to 300 people come daily to the scheme to get a meal and on Thursday 10 December they received more thank what they came for.  Big smiles and dancing was seen again – and plenty of attempts to get a second bag.  Here we had a chance to chat with the people receiving the donations and even explain some of the products.  We expected questions on what the waterless hand cleanser was (an obvious luxury item)! When we explained it they men were thrilled! But the one thing that saddened me was the question of what is shampoo? this to me is not a luxury. this is something i don’t think twice about whether i should buy it or not – its a given!  A lesson in just how privileged we are… Dwight D. Eisenhower said “A people that values privileges above principles soon loses both”.  Let’s continue this year to be a people who give, who love the marginalised and care for those less fortunate and we will see Durban the way it was meant to be.

Business Breakfast

6 November 2015 saw 70 business people from the Durban area come together in the Luthuli Hall (City Hall) to challenge mindsets around business and giving to the needy of our society.  A collaboration between Nation Builder, Grace aid and ourselves resulted in this business altering breakfast. Francios van Niekerk of the Mertech group was our main speaker. Francios story of how God helped him turn a bankrupt business in to a multimillion rand group of businesses is inspiring to say the least. We also had a panel of local business people, including Nick Nzama, Brad Wills and Leigh-Anne Aitken who added so much value as their stories are based in Durban.  Abonga Nkwelo was our brilliant MC and managed to keep things flowing incredibly well.  Breakfast was yummy and plentiful, thanks to Highway Function Hire.  A BIG thank you to eThekwini Municipality for the use of the Luthuli Hall.  It was a perfect venue and was a beautiful representation of Business, Government and the Social sector working together to see Durban reach its potential.

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Strong Women of Tomorrow

Today we were fortunate enough to assist one young lady who benefits from the organisation called “Strong Women of Tomorrow” based in the Kwanuswa area.

Strong Women of Tomorrow is a registered NPO (138-661 NPO) that aids underprivileged girls to become value adding citizens of our society.  They operate in the Kwanyuswa area of eThekwini. Currently they aid 84 high school and 43 primary school students. Beauty who volunteers for the organisation approached We are Durban as 2 of their girls were unable to buy/get matric dance dresses.  Something a girl looks forward to their whole school career was going to be a huge disappointment for these 2 special ladies.  The request was put out on our Facebook page and offers poured in.  Thank you to everyone who offered!

Sposabella Bridal Boutique offered the girls a shopping experience. So Friday, 6 November 2015, we took 2 precious girls shopping.  Sadly, because one of the girls was so small she could not find a dress, but the other was in heaven!  She found the perfect dress for herself and stood in front of the mirror swishing about and admiring herself.  Thank you to Sposabella for making this girl’s dreams come true!

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Amashova 2015

This year’s Amashova saw fewer people donning the We are Durban jerseys due to the change in age limits by the organisers.  Due to safety reasons the Amashova organisers increased the age limit from 8 years old to 10 – which was really a good call!  This year we had 39 cyclists ride in the 3 different distances in the We are Durban colours.  The goal was to raise R160,000 this year in order to make 2 dreams a reality.  One was to provide a fully equipped containerised kitchen to a feeding scheme in KwaMashu, we had previously been given a quote of R60,000.00 for this.  The second was to provide a certified course in NPO Management to 30 NPO heads in the Durban area.

We sadly did not reach our dual goal, but the 39 people did an incredible job of raising R66217,7. We will be finalising the order of the kitchen shortly.  As soon as we have pictures of the kitchen we will post them for you…  Thank you cyclists for your commitment and effort!  A special mention must be made of Carmen de Lange who raised in excess of R10,000.00 on her own!  She has won a prize from Holomatrix.  Our other kind sponsors for the event which helped our team reach the end were; Future Life, Nature Zone Fitness Water and Blistex.  Thank you so much!



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Jungle Gym Assembly for Ukukhanya Creche

We are Durban was recently donated a Jungle Gym by Embury College in Windermere, and we were able to pass this on to the Key of Hope Non-Profit Organisation. Key of Hope nominated the Ukukhanya Crèche in Newlands East as the recipient. We arranged for the disassembled Jungle Gym to be transported to the crèche, with a team of amazing volunteers to carry out the assembly on Saturday, 24th of October.

Jungle Gym - Before

On arrival in Newlands East we were confronted with what could be called, at best, a Jumble Gym and at worst, a pile of fire wood!

Although we had an idea of what the finished product should look like, we soon discovered that a few key structural components were missing, which made building the gym to its original design impossible.  Our team of volunteers took the decision to build the Jungle Gym using our collective imaginations – never say die! The ground was as tough as nails, resulting in one new pick handle being broken in two.

Testing of the new gym

After much blood sweat and tears, the holes were dug and we commenced with the building of a Jungle Gym with no clear picture of the end result in mind. However, everyone participated with great enthusiasm and the Jungle Gym soon started to take shape.

About six hours later the gym was completed and we invited the local children, who had been watching the building process with a keen interest, to try it out.  The children ran to the gym squealing in delight – it was a very heart warming moment for all the volunteers.  Needless to say, the kids (and our volunteers) spent a good while enjoying the fun gym that they had made!

Thank you so much to Embury College for this donation, and to our team of PHENOMENAL volunteers who gave up their Saturday to give the kids a fun place to play every day – you guys are amazing!

The A Team!

 

Quattro – Triad – We are Durban Golf Day

The Quattro – Triad – We are Durban Golf Day was held at Kloof Country Club on Friday 16 October 2015.  The event was organized by We are Durban in aid of the Triad Special Needs School in Pinetown, with Quattro Finance as the main sponsor.

The Golf Day format was a Fourball Alliance, and we had a full field with 33 fourball teams joining us for the day.  Kloof Country Club graciously hosted us, with no green fees charged at all, and they were instrumental in organisation of the event, both leading up to and on the day.  Quattro consultants purchased the majority of our fourballs, and also sponsored three of the tee-boxes, giving out drinks to our thirsty golfers.  Our amazing sponsors on the course included Polo Pony Engen, Rawson Properties, Long & Associates, Durban Central Panel Beaters, Unocor Construction, Westville Locksmiths, Jaguar Land Rover Hillcrest, Toyota Hillcrest and Rohlig Grindrod Logistics. Triad organized a fun hole as well, where golfers played the hole using crutches or wearing an eye-patch, and they also set up the amazing gym equipment that was purchased from funds raised in the 2014 Golf Day.

We enjoyed a great lunch at the Halfway House, and a delicious lamb spit braai dinner organised by the Club and Gail Pederson, with the funds for the lamb spit donated by Westville Locksmiths.  After dinner and a fun chipping competition, prize giving was held with everyone standing a chance to win something – either through a fourball or individual prize, a fantastic raffle, the chipping competition, or various chance games played in prize giving.

The event was an incredible success, and has raised just over R110 000 (before expenses) for the Triad Special Needs School in Pinetown.  We were absolutely blown away by the generosity of our players and sponsors leading up to and during the event, which meant that we were able to raise so much more than we were anticipating.   We received a number of cash donations for the fundraiser, from Polyurethane Industrial Solutions, Quattro Life, Quattro Accounts, Oceanic Seagull Maritime and Rebcon Engineering.

We received some amazing prizes as donations from our sponsors, including FutureLife, VUM, Pick n Pay, Spar, Unilever, Telkom, Engen Polo Pony, Seacliff Estates, Caladdi B&B, Living Creations, Waxy O’Connors, Rohlig Grindrod Logistics, Audi, Makaranga Garden Lodge, Manoli’s Munchies, Q4 Prawns, Katiwe Necklaces, Comair, Protea Hotel, Esperanza Spa, Kim Wessels, Durban Central Panel Beaters, Lauren Galloway Photography, Victoria Verbaan and a number of anonymous donors.

The funds raised will be used for renovations required to provide additional classrooms facilities at the Triad School, which are much needed as the school is often not able to accommodate more children due to a lack of space and facilities.

Thank you to all of our players, sponsors and donors for your incredible generosity and contribution to this event, which will make a lasting difference in this phenomenal school.  A special thanks goes to Kloof Country Club for hosting us at no cost, to Quattro for playing a large role in organisation and sponsorship of the event, and to Michelle Seaton from the Triad School, who organised so many details of the day including sponsorships and prizes.  We are Durban is proud to have been involved in this fantastic fundraiser!

 

 

67 Market

What a glorious day.  The weather was good.  The music was perfect.  The food was tasty. The sales were fantastic!  Thank you Durban for spending your 67 Minutes with us.  Through our Market we raised R16,639.76 (after expenses)! The money is going to go towards buying the building. The building will shortly be going on the market and we are wanting it for ourselves.  Having a home base that is ours will allow us to ensure that the work we do to uplift the NPO’s in eThekwini is sustainable in the long run.

A big thank you to everyone who donated goods, or cakes for us to sell.  Thank you to our Muso’s (Rene Tshiakanyi, Chloe Clark and James Jearey) who volunteered their time and talent to the day and did a great job of setting the scene for the day.  Illovo was super, they lent us their gazeboes  and spent the day making pancakes and crumpets and then donated all proceeds to us.  Thank you for your generosity! We were thrilled that “Eat your home”, “Home Slice” and “LegenDairy” could be present on the day, you certainly enhanced people’s experience of the market. Thank you.

Thank you to the volunteers who spent more than their 67 minutes helping out before and on the day.  And thank you Durbanites for spending more than your 67 Rand to help us make Durban all it was meant it be!

Youth Beach Day 2015

This Youth Day, We are Durban hosted 160 children from the Key of Hope organisation at Suncoast Pirates Beach for an amazing morning of games and treats.  The blessing of perfect weather, ideal beach conditions and a fantastic turnout of volunteers all contributed to this event being a huge success!

The children were divided into 10 teams and led through 5 game stations across the beach, supervised by volunteers who did an amazing job of setting up fun and safe games for the kids.  Beach soccer, tug of war, lifesaving training and body boarding were some of the favourites of the day.

 

We had over 100 volunteers join us from many different walks of life, including from Olive Tree Church, Key of Hope, Volunteer YOU, ITEN TV and Buyisithemba.  Lifeguards from the Siyasindisa Lifesaving Project and Suncoast Pirates Surf Lifesaving Club also spent the day with us. Charles and his team delivered a fun and interactive water safety talk, and went onto play games with the kids and keeping a lookout for safety during the swimming and body boarding sessions.

 

We were very fortunate to have a number of sponsors come on board, such as ITEN TV who donated T-shirts for the volunteers, peak caps for the children, delicious hotdogs, ice-creams and a snack hamper for each child (including juice, chips, a lollipop, apple, orange and sweets).  ITEN TV also kindly sponsored the cost of our Beach Permit, and provided sunscreen for the children. Holomatrix supplied coloured wristbands for each child’s safety and team marking, and Aquelle donated flavoured waters for the children to drink during the games. The Venture Group kindly loaned us a gazebo and two tug of war ropes, and Busyballers loaned us their soccer goals for the day.  Illovo lent us two of their gazebos to keep the food in shade, and Sir Juice sponsored fresh fruit juices for our volunteers. Besides facilitating the use of their beach and lawn, Suncoast Pirates Surf Lifesaving Club also offered us the use of their club facilities, which was of great value on the day.

 

Key of Hope has been in existence since 2008 and strives to make a difference in the lives of the orphans and vulnerable children in more than a dozen informal settlements and township communities in Durban. Their mission of “Unlocking the Future of South Africa” is accomplished by providing the long term mentoring relationships these children need not only to survive, but to thrive as citizens and leaders. The 160 children who joined us for the day are aged 8 – 12 years, and are orphaned or vulnerable, from the following areas of Durban: Effingham, Quarry Heights, Kabazela, KwaMashu, Duffs Road, Boxwood, Johanna Rd, Siyathuthuka, Sea Cow Lake, Briardene, Jamaica, Gum Tree, Smithfield, Temple and My Hill.

 

The incredible generosity of our sponsors, hard work and fun attitude of our volunteers, and selflessness of all involved contributed to the fantastic success of our 4th Youth Beach Day. For the children it was a day to remember.  Thank you to everyone who gave of their time, resources and energy to make it happen!

 

I Dare 2 Care

On Friday 15 May 2015, We are Durban participated in the I Dare 2 Care Event, organized by I Care, in which approximately 1000 people spent a night sleeping on the streets of Durban to raise awareness for the plight of the homeless.

I Care is an NGO that has been transforming the lives of street children for 13 years with a number of programmes including outreach, rehabilitation, housing/shelter and skills development.  The aim of this event was to raise awareness for the homeless of Durban, to provide people with an opportunity to experience a little of what life is like as a homeless person in our city, and to raise money for I Care in maintaining their shelter facilities and ongoing implementation of their various programmes.
1000 people from all over Durban rallied together to participate in sleeping on the street for one night, and raised sponsorships from generous donors to contribute to I Care’s work in our city.  The event was hosted by eThekwini Municipality at the City Hall, with assistance by many role players including His People Church, Sanitech, Rescue Care, Blue Security and the Metro Police.  Those involved worked phenomenally hard to make sure that the event was safe and ran smoothly. Representatives from various organisations were present with facilities available to educate the local homeless people about the various health and wellbeing services available to them and how they can access these. I Care also collected donations of blankets in the morning to distribute amongst the needy.

It was an incredibly successful and enlightening event, and We are Durban are proud to have been a part of it! We all had an opportunity to share a meal and conversation with homeless people in the area, and I’m sure that all involved have come away with a very different perspective on social needs in our city, as well as with a massive appreciation for all that we have. The daring courage of those participating also went a long way in raising awareness far and wide, and many generous donations have been received from international sponsors.

We are Durban would like to say huge WELL DONE to all of our volunteers that joined in, to all those who gave of their time, skills and resources to make the event happen, and to I Care for organising such a terrific event!

 

Happy mother’s Day

We Are Durban visited the TAFTA John Dunn Retirement Home last Friday, 8 May, for an early Mothers Day spoiling! We received a large donation of beauty product goodies, and put together pamper parcels for the female residents of the John Dunn House in Wentworth. We gave out approximately 50 pamper parcels and shared a chat (and even a dance!) with the ladies.

What a wonderful way to spend a Friday afternoon! Thank you to TAFTA for the amazing work that you do!