Siphila Sonke’s work would not be possible without the generous support of a number of churches, organisations, trusts and individuals, both locally and internationally. Our grateful thanks to you all.
Local Funders and Donors
The Elgin United Church has been instrumental in the establishment and development of Siphila Sonke and has made Siphila Sonke their major outreach programme. Elgin United was responsible for the building of the Imizamo United Church and the offices that Siphila Sonke now occupies. This church continues to play a critical role in providing guidance, prayer, support and assistance with fundraising.
The Dutch Reformed Church in Grabouw has also been very generous in providing Siphila Sonke with on-going monthly funding,for which we are most thankful.
The individuals and businesses in the local community of the village of Grabouw and farming community of Elgin have generously supported Siphila Sonke through once-off funding or regular, continued funding and/or donations of goods and services. We thank you each of you for this generous support.
In particular, we would like to thank the Wright Memorial Trust for their kind donation of funds in 2013 that enabled us to erect a good fence and a proper gate around the Imizamo Church complex and to level and re-grass the Kids Club playground. As the gates to the complex are open Monday – Friday and again on Sundays, the children in the community now have a safe green area to play in, and both ABBA and Siphila Sonke make regular use of this lawn for various outdoor activities.
Additionally, the Wright Memorial Trust afforded us more funding in early 2014 that, together with other generous contributions from Local Donors and others, enabled us to undertake alterations to the container, which was previously generously donated by Safmarine. These alterations included a new roof, a veranda and 2 storerooms. Additionally, the existing room has been upgraded to an additional classroom for the Kids Club with built-in desks and new furniture, enabling us to accommodate and help more children. Most recently the Wright Memorial Trust have offered to sponsor our Kids Club for the 2015/16 financial year, for which we are very grateful.
We would also like to mention a generous donation of bed linen, pillows and duvets made possible by Sandy and Kevin King of South Hill Vineyards, when the Hippo Boutique Hotel in Cape Town was refurbished in 2014. These items were distributed to our beneficiaries, focusing on the most needy ones. This donation was a wonderful initiative and much appreciated by our beneficiaries most of whom are chronically ill and many of whom live in shacks and are exposed to the elements of the Cape winters.
We would also like to extend our thanks to the Learners at Applewood Preparatory School in Elgin, and their families, as well as members of the Elgin United Church congregation, who generously donate Christmas presents for our Kids Club children as well as the children of our beneficiaries, each Christmas. The Kids Club Christmas party would not be the same without the shoebox full of presents that each child receives! Additionally, Members of Elgin United, as well as members of the Elgin Grabouw Community also kindly donate ‘Christmas Buckets’ each Christmas for our beneficiaries.
Last but not least we would like to thank the local chefs and venues of the Elgin Grabouw Community, who often host and cater for our fundraisers throughout the year. Most recently we would like to say a BIG thank you to Nicole Precoudis from Terra Madre for once again promoting Siphila Sonke. A raffle was held during her ‘Pork and Cider’ event in January and won by Tony de Silva who spent the 18th February at Terra Madre to collect his prize.
Other Funders and Donors
We have also been fortunate to receive generous funding from individuals and businesses further afield in South Africa, as well as abroad. We are very grateful for these. In particular we would like to extend our thanks to the Thomas family, who have been very considerate in supporting us over the recent years.
Additional mention must also be made of the Stormont Presbyterian Church in Belfast, Ireland, introduced to Siphila Sonke by Elgin United Church, who provided invaluable support to Siphila Sonke through extremely generous funding. It was this funding that has really enabled us to grow into the organisation we are today.
At the beginning of 2010 the donation of a container by Safmarine made it possible to extend the Imizamo United Church premises and gave us much-needed additional office, storage and work space. And our thanks to the Deciduous Fruit Industry Development Trust that supported our Kids Club financially for 2 years, from July 2012 – July 2014.
More recently, in 2017 the Cape Epic organisation has given us R10,000 towards our ‘Soul Food Camps’. Our first camp was held in October 2016 for 24 girls aged between 13 – 18years (see ‘What We Did’ for further details of this camp). This funding will enable us to pay for accommodation for both a Boy’s camp in beginning of April and a second Girl’s camp in October. We are truly grateful for this generous donation that will go a long way in making the camps a reality for many children.
Our annual fundraisers provide a significant source of income for Siphila Sonke. The generosity of renowned speakers such as Clem Sunter, Tim Noakes, Jane Shonfeld and Francois Pienaar, have made our ‘Guest Speaker Dinner Evenings’ a great success.
Our E & G Met ‘Night at the Races’ horseracing event has gone from strength to strength over the last 2 years. Thanks to the wonderful support from the local Grabouw and Elgin communities and businesses in attending, sponsoring and supporting these annual fundraisers!
Elgin Open Gardens
The Elgin Open Gardens, which are held annually in November, are also a great source of funds for us. We are extremely appreciative of the generous donations and support we receive from this event, from our local Grabouw and Elgin communities as well as from visitors to the area.
Special thanks to those who are exhibiting their gardens who choose Siphila Sonke as their charity to which to donate their entrance fees. A very big thank you to the Moodie family as Siphila Sonke hosts a tea garden in their beautiful garden at Eikenhof farm, and to the Elgin United Church, who offer their church hall to us over the Open Gardens weekends where we provide light farm style lunches and delicious homebaked teas to visitors.
Become a Siphila Sonke Funder, Donor or Help us with Fundraising
If you would like to become a Siphila Sonke Funder or Donor, or if you would like to help us in fundraising, please go to ‘Help Us’.