Worthwhile Causes to Support

There are several very worthwhile causes which the Festival is proud to be in association with who need YOUR support:

Charity_Singakwenza  

Singakwenza Early Childhood Education

Singakwenza meaning “We can do it!” in isiZulu, aims to build sustainable Early Childhood Education programmes in economically disadvantaged communities. Our charity organization uses resources made solely from recycling and teaches caregivers how to provide fun, educational activities that enable young children to learn through play. Your support will help us to reach more children and give them a better chance of a brighter future.


CHOC  

CHOC DURBAN

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation was established in 1979 as a support group to parents of children with cancer, by parents of children with cancer. Having experienced the immense emotional and financial toll that cancer takes they recognised there is more than one victim in the family of the child with cancer. Their aim was to ease the burden on parents facing the same journey by providing access to relevant, accurate information, as well as emotional and practical support.  From the onset CHOC provided support in the hospital wards, hence the name Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics, or CHOC. Gradually parent groups were set up in other key centres, where the major state-funded academic hospitals are located and paediatric oncologists practise. CHOC does not receive funding from government but relies heavily on donations from caring corporates, individuals and parents of children with cancer. Funds raised are used to provide all-encompassing support – from direct practical help to the children and their families and those involved in the treatment – to necessary equipment.


Freeme  

FREEME TEA GARDEN

FreeMe KZN Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre was established to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned, ill or injured wildlife from the Midlands area of KwaZulu Natal.  Initially, with the assistance of WESSA (Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa), land was acquired from a local farmer on a 50 year lease and a state of the art clinic was built.  The clinic opened its doors in March 2008 and FreeMe KZN has been running as an NGO since then.  In 2012FreeMe handled 757 patients, including a number of antelope, and 15 threatened or protected Species, including serval, reedbuck and oribi.  As the centre gets busier, a number of areas have been identified as requiring additional expenditure.  These include antelope bomas, small predator cages and large flight aviaries for birds such as cranes and storks.  In addition the increase in patients has meant a big increase in monthly running costs. It is increasingly difficult to raise funds.  It is vitally important that the centre continues to operate as the need for wildlife rehabilitation in this area is growing on a daily basis as the human impact on the environment increases and as climate change causes more and more conflict between wildlife and people.