Community rallies behind Orphan Fund

Showing off their fun socks are, from left, Mahi Ramnarain, Liam Nicholls, Ruby Curtis, Taryn Goble and Diya Chaithram from Ashton.

This quarter R74,000 was raised for local orphans and vulnerable children through The North Coast Courier Orphan Fund.

This plus R47,000 which was donated by Seeff Ballito to share the cost of administration of the Fund with The North Coast Courier, made up the income of the fund.

The committee met on July 19 to make the Fund’s quarterly allocations.

The money raised (and distributed) during the months May through to August is reflected in the table below.

This quarter, among other initiatives, the following events paid a large role in supporting the Fund.

  • The Umhlali Country Club Ladies Golf Section held their very successful annual Charity Golf Day and donated R10,000.00 to the Fund.
  • The Courier/Get it advertising team held a Mandela Day promotion, raising R19,556 for the Fund.
  • Zimbali Rotary donated the proceeds of their Miss Ballito competition, raising R15,000.
  • The Ballito Photo Club held a Charity Art Auction at Simbithi Country Club with proceeds to the Orphan Fund, raising R4,605.
  • The Ballito Radio Control Club raised R1,875.

Anonymous donations, some of which have been sowing faithfully into the Fund since its inception in 2003, were also warmly received.

Grateful thanks to the community for supporting this endeavor to feed and clothe and send to school the very many orphaned and vulnerable children in our midst.

The second quarter every year the Fund concentrates on the annual Soup, Socks and Snuggles campaign which is so very well supported by our community and particularly local schools.

Fundraising coordinator, June Mdolo has been instrumental in securing paper and glass recycling bins which are located in the parking area near The Courier offices. Locals are encouraged to do the right thing to save our planet and at the same time support the Fund.

Another very simple way of helping at no cost or inconvenience to you is to display a Litres for Education sticker on your car and fill up at BP Ballito or BP Sibaya.

They will donate 10 cents for every litre of fuel you fill, to The North Coast Courier Orphan Fund. Collect your sticker from BP or from The Courier offices.

The Orphan Fund is audited and registered as a non-profit organization and has also been approved by the Receiver of Revenue for tax exemption. This means that donors can receive a tax deduction on donations made.

North Coast Courier Orphan Fund bank details: ABSA branch: 630229, Acc No: 9109572488.

Currently on the Orphan Fund calendar:

  • Ladies Betterball competition at Umhlali Country Club on Thursday September 14. Come and enjoy a game of golf in beautiful surroundings and support the Fund. Book through the pro shop 032-9471181.
  • Fishing competition at Dudley Pringle dam on September 25 (the Heritage day holiday.) This popular event is a favorite family outing. Tickets online, from The North Coast Courier offices or Hook Line and Sinker in Ballito and Salt Rock.


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Rose Stephenson

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