Returning to Cape Town City Hall, 5 For Change is gearing up for their annual black tie gala event, inspired by fun with the purpose of giving back.
This year, 5 For Change have selected five beneficiaries within South Africa’s most innovative social enterprises, and guests will be able to meet and contribute to the various causes on the night of 15 July 2017. Ikhaya Le Langa, Numeric, Sunshine Cinema, Dine with Khayelitsha and Community Keepers represent the forefront of social impact and community development in South Africa. A Catalyst Programme has been launched to provide ongoing mentorship and support for selected beneficiaries to advance and expand their critical work.
5 For Change has raised over R700 000 and generated over R30 million in PR value for 25 beneficiaries. Founder Adriaan Dippenaar says, “This year’s event aims to increase its impact by hosting its largest event yet and raising record funds.” The 5 For Change 2017 beneficiaries are as follows:
Ikhaya Le Langa is a social enterprise committed to the revitalisation of Langa and empowerment of its people through job creation and socio-economic development. Ikhaya’s goal is to make Langa ‘cleaner, greener and safer’ in order to optimise conditions for enterprise and to create hundreds of jobs for its residents, particularly its youth, primarily through tourism, enterprise and entrepreneur development and community partnerships.
Numeric’s goal is to empower South African youth to excel at mathematics and train world-class Maths teachers. Numeric has developed a low-cost, scalable model for the delivery of high-impact afterschool programmes in low-income areas. They currently operate 45 after school programmes in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with 85 active coaches and 2 200 participating learners and a Teaching Academy in Cape Town.
Sunshine Cinema is a mobile cinema that converts solar power into social impact. Social and environmental challenges are addressed through community screenings of various types of dynamic educational, interactive content highlighting critical societal issues and social enterprise, workshops and community partnerships. Since 2013, Sunshine Cinema has screened to over 6 000 audience members across Southern Africa.
Dine with Khayelitsha bridges the gap between townships and cities, empowers hosts, showcases township food and hospitality, and ignites social dialogue. Since 2015, Dine with Khayelitsha has hosted dinners in 102 township households and facilitated conversations on a range of issues including social and economic change in the townships, social enterprise, entrepreneurship and maintaining hope in the face of adversity for over 800 diverse guests. These dinners gather people from all corners of the earth and challenge generations of separation and stereotypes through food and friendship.
Community Keepers aims to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of learners and create supportive school communities where learning and development can prosper. Community Keepers provides psychological and social services at schools through qualified professionals, including counsellors, psychologists and social workers. Implemented in partnership with schools, educators and parents, Community Keepers’ model has reached 6 500 learners, 4 800 parents/guardians and 380 educators since its founding in 2008.
Source and image: Butter Knife PR