Grants Given in South Africa

2016 Grants

January to December 2016

Cause Region Amount

Open Midlands Garden

Each year, Andrew Line from Harcourts Hilton runs an initiative in his area (and the greater Pietermaritzburg area) called Open Midlands Gardens. The event gets a great deal of exposure, and funds raised are then donated to various charities as nominated by the owners of the gardens. This year's nominated charities are: Life Line, Staffordshire Terrier Rescue, CHOC, UMNGENI SPCA, Free Me, Howick Hospice, Mooi River SPCA, Balgowan Conservancy, Sunfield Home, Local Farm School and Chrysalis Project.

South Africa $R22,000

South Coast Hospice

South Coast Hospice is an effective presence and collaborative partner for educating, sensitizing, advocating and improving the experience of living positively with a life-threatening illness, and serving dying and grieving individuals across the barriers, cultures, and institutions that separate people. Harcourts Property Perfect together with the South Coast Hospice hosted a fundraising day - Golf for Hospice - on the 16th June at the Port Shepston Country Club. This family fun day included nature walks, boat rides, raffle, kids entertainment and live music in the evening, and The Harcourts Foundation pledged to match funds raised to the amount of $20,000.

South Africa $R20,000

'Boikanyo' the Dion Herson Foundation

'Boikanyo' The Dion Herson Foundation (BDHF) uphold a vision to support and nurture as many indigent, vulnerable and at-risk youth and their caregivers as possible. Based in Mapetla Soweto since 2012, they've supported vulnerable children and their caregivers from impoverished communities in Mapetla, Protea and Chiawelo Soweto. Harcourts Delta in Mondeor nominated BDHF for the grant to fund a sustainable food security project at Sediba Thuto Primary School Mapetla, transforming a 420m2 area, previously used as a rubbish dump, into a vegetable garden, with the long-term goal to establish a centre where community members could learn how to garden.

South Africa $R26,990

Epworth Children's Village

Epworth Children's Village's focus is on children in need of residential care, with a therapy and assessment centre that offers psychological services to children and their families. The funds will be used for a much-needed monitoring and accountability programme to assist with fundraising and demonstrate the impact of their programmes.

South Africa $R12,000

Ithemba Baby Lam Home

Ithema Baby Lam Home is a temporary safe-haven for abandoned, abused or neglected babies, and those that are either affected by, or infected with, HIV/AIDS until they are adopted into a permanent family, placed in a foster home or reunited with their biological family. Harcourts Beachfront spent a few Saturdays selling BBQ boerewors rolls to raise funds, and the amount was matched by The Harcourts Foundation.

South Africa $R3,332

Steven's Ability Centre

Steven's Ability Centre and Coffee Shop is a non-profit Company which works to enhance the lives of young adults with developmental disabilities through meaningful activities which promotes interaction in a safe and friendly environment. The programme is specifically designed to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and employment. Attached to the centre is a coffee and gift shop with is run by the students of the centre.

South Africa $R8,000

The Leva Foundation, Love Story

The Leva Foundation is a non-profit organization founded within Father's House Family Church in Port Elizabeth. Their Love Story project seeks to meet the needs of the destitute - to restore hope through feeding schemes, education programmes, clothing distribution and skills development. This grant was endorsed by Harcourts Alpha.

South Africa $R20,000

CANSA - The Cancer Association of South Africa

Since its humble beginnings in the 1930s, CANSA has steadily developed a comprehensive service to the public, making a positive difference to thousands of South Africans affected by cancer. Harcourts Mandela Bay held a trivia evening and raised $16,850, with The Harcourts Foundation adding $20,000, for a total grant of $36,850.

South Africa $R36,850

Angels Care

Angels Care is a public benefit organisation that assists needy children under the age of 18 in the Umgeni Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, with special emphasis on breaking the cycle of indigence and deprivation. Harcourts Ambers held a music evening in the Ambers in September and sold raffle tickets for sponsored prizes.

South Africa $R7,692

Vistarus Mission Station

Vistarus Mission Station's purpose is to uplift the poor in the community, specifically taking in homeless people off the streets and helping them find a purpose in life. They accommodate 315 adults and 85 children, and their bathrooms are in desperate need of renovation. They are also involved in recycling as a job creating project to help save our environment, to teach people marketing skills, and is the main source of income for the centre. The funds will be used to refurbish one bathroom.

South Africa $R7,615

Help2Read

Help2read is an educational development organisation that began work in Cape Town in 2006, helping build literacy in primary school learners from disadvantaged, mostly indiginous, communities. Many tutors also come from disadvantaged communities, and are recruited through a comprehensive application and assessment process. Successful applicants are trained and equipped to deliver the help2read literacy programme to children in their community schools. This grant will fund one tutor for 2017.

South Africa $R20,500

Cradle of Hope

Cradle of Hope provide abandoned, abused and neglected infants with a place of safety.

South Africa $R20,000

African Angels

Harcourts Eastern Cape branches (Advantage, Mercantile, Cornerstone, Queenstown and Mthatha) organised a mass MTB ride on 26th November to raise funds for African Angels - an organisation based in Chintsa East, just outside East London. The African Angelss Independent School, established in 2012, is dedicated to providing a quality primary school education to some fo the poorest children in the area. With 88 children attending in 2016, all are from local townships with both economically and socially challenged backgrounds, including orphans.

South Africa $R60,000

Bobbi Bear

Operation Bobbi Bear is a human rights organisation working with and assisting sexually abused children in Amanzimtoti, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. The Bobbi Bear’s mission is to rescue, represent and integrate raped and sexually abused children, to minimise their risk of HIV/Aids. The organisation provides "Bobbi Bears" as a non-threatening means (toy) for child victims of sexual abuse to communicate the nature of the abuse, crossing all language barriers and preventing secondary abuse at the point of rescue. It provides the criminal justice system and caregiveer with a better understanding of actual events and enables the initiation of appropriate HIV and AIDS interventions.

South Africa $R30,000