2016 has been quite a year! We are very excited to release our Mid-Year Donor report (view here) which we hope you will find an interesting read. We have had a strong start to the new financial year and are on track to meet all the targets we set for our 2016/17 financial year. A number fun events and happenings (outside of our normal services & activities) have also taken place in the last few months and so we have a lot to be thankful for. Here are a few highlights:
Witness Sticker Campaign
In May this year we partnered with The Witness newspaper for a sticker competition. Over a three-week period, we distributed 60 000 stickers to readers who stuck them to cars. The campaign was very well received and we could see our stickers everywhere around Pietermaritzburg. Those spotted by our eagle-eyed team were treated to some epic prizes, generously donated by our wonderful sponsors. It was a super success and we could not have achieved it without you!
Schools Do It 4Kids
A number of schools jumped on board our “kids 4kids” initiative this year and the compassion and generosity expressed has been truly amazing. We look forward to growing our relationships and continuing our friendships.
- Seedlings Montessori Pre-Primary collected money in our purple box campaign, sold goods at Fresh Produce Friday in aid of Thandanani, visited Nqoba Crèche to play with some of the children and take sweets and donate clothes, toys and books.
- Clarendon Primary collected money in our purple box campaign, visited a caregiver’s home, made toys and gave sweets to the children in the neighbourhood as well as collecting tinned food and blankets.
- Hilton College collected clothes and money for Thandanani.
- Epworth School – collected money in our purple box campaign and took part in the “Make-Over” project for Inkululeko Pre-Primary.
- St. Johns joined in our #getspotted4kids campaign and knitted and donated blankets.
- Merchiston knitted and donated bags of colourful scarves and beanies for the cold winter months.
During October we were very blessed to have a group of 37 volunteers from Santander, a UK based bank. They teamed up with locally based African Exposure and built three new houses for families in need. It was an emotional journey for all involved. The volunteers went back after a wonderful experience and having learnt a lot during their time here. The families were left with a place to call home, smiles on their faces and warmth in their hearts.
Our Open Day was a great success even though it rained, everyone warmed up with coffee and snacks as we welcomed nearly 100 people to join in the celebration of the good news at Thandanani. Our guest speaker Steuart Pennington was a true inspiration to us all and encouraged us to focus on all the good things that are really going on in our country. We live in a beautiful place and must celebrate it.
As we approach the end of this year we are truly humbled. There are so many good people in this world so thank you for supporting Thandanani this year!