On Saturday 21 January the first ever 5 For Change fundraiser took place at the Runway in Woodstock, Cape Town. The brainchild of Adriaan Dippenaar (investment analyst) and school mates, Dave Deetlefs and Ross Mckernan (both attorneys), decided to host a prestigious black tie event to raise awareness and funds for five select local social enterprises, namely, Let There be Light, Greenpop, MyLife, African Brothers Football Academy and Write on Africa.
The selected charities had to cover a wide scope of interests, be reasonably new and comprise of highly ambitious young people. “Raising social awareness for these charities is our primary goal”, said Dippenaar.
The trio combined a fun social event for young professionals with the opportunity to support social initiatives and meet the dynamic people making it all happen. “This project was very much about bringing two worlds together”, commented Deetlefs.
Watch this space as 5 For Change hopes to become an annual fixture on Cape Town’s social calendar.
Let There Be Light aims to empower individuals to use their own unique talent to sustain themselves by teaching and developing creative skills and introducing them to basic business principles.
Greenpop runs urban greening and reforestation projects in sub-Saharan Africa planting trees in schools, communities and deforested areas with the aim to spread environmental awareness.
MyLife wants to create a space where the rehabilitation of abused, neglected and homeless people can take place.
African Brothers Football Academy provides a safe place to train, a framework for coaches, players, referees and administrators to raise the standards of soccer in South Africa.
Write On Africa – Creativity and art inspiring social change.
(Photographer – Reini Fick)
Image 1: Guest writing ideas for change
Image 2: Presenters, Hollywood actress, Kristanna Loken Ross and Goodhope DJ, Guy McDonald
Image 3: Kristanna Loken with Ross Mckernan, Dave Deetlefs and Adriaan Dippenaar
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