Last week, a gala dinner was hosted to raise a significant amount of money towards literacy in South Africa.
An array of auction lots gifted by artists, designers, writers, vineyards and conservation lodges completed the fundraising effort made possible by the Great and Good.
Around £125 000 was raised thanks to the Brenley Trust, Linklaters and the Lockwood Charitable Foundation.
At the event, help2read’s South African leadership team was able to present a firsthand account of the success stories of the last year of the literacy programme.
Brand South Africa’s Pumela Salela highlighted the work that help2read, its reading volunteers and its literacy tutors undertake in South Africa’s communities, revealing that giving the gift of literacy to thousands of children echoes Nelson Mandela’s dreams for the country’s youth.
Launching help2read’s new video showcasing the impact of its Literacy Tutor programme, Bruce Cleaver highlighted the critical importance of literacy as a foundational skill, one that is essential for effective education, robust democracy and productive peace and stability, reiterating Mandela’s belief that education is one’s most powerful weapon.
He noted that his job of launching seemed now well and truly fulfilled and he was delighted to see the next generation of supporters showing leadership in maintaining an upward motion.
Funnyman Rory Bremner entertained the crowd before the live auction took place and started a bidding frenzy.
The evening built support with partners and showcased the impact that literacy and education can have on South Africa’s youth so that a love for literacy can be encouraged in the lives of children, particularly those from a disadvantaged background.
Through the development of programmes like help2read, the employability of people and the development of entrepreneurial skills amongst South Africa’s township youth are sure to increase and improve.
The evening was a great success, and the money raised will go towards ensuring a much brighter future for many of South Africa’s young readers.
Photo: Alex and Mai Moss with Mandy Trevor, Polite Zhoya and Melody Volmink from help2read South Africa and Tamzin Ractliffe