Giving Back

Let us start by saying that this is not one of those “Ooooh, look at what we do!” kind of things. Yes, we could just do the things we do and not talk about them, but we wanted to use this opportunity to spread word, for the sake of raising additional awareness for the causes we support.

So, in a nutshell, we focus on supporting charities by helping them create solutions for the problems they face. This can mean many things, depending on the requirements of the particular organisation, like providing a platform (either on the property through activities or even online through creating awareness for a particular cause), financial support, solutions to sustainable methods of making money, and even the commitment to seeing something through. We do our best to do as much as we can, when we can.

Here are some of the things we’ve been involved in (with a word from some of the organisations themselves):

Jazzart Dance Theatre

Jazzart Dance Theatre, based at the Artscape Theatre, is an African contemporary dance company that strives to influence and preserve the sustainability of dance training, choreography and dance performances.

 “We are extremely grateful to the V&A Waterfront who has provided Jazzart the use of the Amphitheatre as a platform to share our unique African stories to the locals and national and international visitors.”

The Haven Night Shelter

The Haven Night Shelter Welfare Organisation provides temporary shelter, physical care, social welfare and family re-unification services to adult homeless persons in the Western Cape.

“Ever since 2012, a fieldworker from the Haven Night Shelter has been placed at the V&A Waterfront. The aim of this initiative is to rehabilitate, repatriate and reintroduce the destitute people back into society in a way that they do not end up back on the streets. For example, if a person comes from Joburg we will repatriate them back to Joburg and will ensure that they the managed by social workers when they arrive in Joburg.”

Stop Hunger Now 

The Packed With Love Festive Drive sponsored by the V&A Waterfront and other partners ran over two days which saw more than 250 volunteers pack 25 000 meals. These meals will feed 175 pre-school children three meals-a-week for a school year. Stop Hunger Now distributes more than 90 000 meals on a monthly basis to 10 000 pre-school children in the Western Cape and we do this by securing donations from our donors.

“We have seen pre-schools develop their ECD’s (Early Childhood Development) from a 20% to 90% infrastructure in four to five years and most importantly children are eating a healthy and nutritious meal on a weekly basis. We thank our generous donors for their on-going support.”

World Rhino Day

The Inter-Schools Rhino Sculpture Exhibition and event at the V&A Waterfront resulted in raising awareness and funds for a worthy cause.

“Choosing the V&A Waterfront as the venue for our event added massive credibility and huge success to the entire experience. The Waterfront assisted with all tasks with professionalism. The expertise and care of the Waterfront events team was outstanding.”

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity and the V&A Waterfront have developed a significant partnership over the past ten years through Habitat’s annual 25-Hour Cyclathon. Habitat for Humanity is a NPO and NGO so we reply solely on donations and support especially which has been abundantly provided by the V&A Waterfront.

“The V&A Waterfront provided us with free space on the Amphitheatre for the Cyclathon which raised R90 000 for our cause.”

Atlantic Hope 

Our mission is to provide a home and hope to babies that have been abandoned, removed from their parental care or are awaiting adoption. Child abandonment and removal of babies from their homes, particularly due to the drug scourge, has escalated in the past few years and the need for places of safety has sadly increased. Atlantic Hope relies greatly on our donors to help sustain the daily running costs, baby essentials and medication.

“The V&A Waterfront has helped us create awareness to the cause, and inform communities that there is a place of safety on the Atlantic Seaboard. The donations from the Waterfront have assisted us in caring for our babies, and being able to provide them with all that they need, as they start their vulnerable lives in the absence of biological family.”

The Lalela Project

Lalela provides an educational art programme to the youth by sparking creative thinking, and awakening their entrepreneurial spirit. Through Lalela’s arts curriculum and critical messaging component, we ignite imagination and teach children how to map and manifest their dreams and goals, launching the possibility of a different future for themselves and their communities.

“The relationship that was established with the V&A Waterfront initially began on the 18th July 2013 for Mandela Day. This has included the Somerset Hospital ‘give-back project’ where our students in conjunction with the V&A Waterfront, commemorated Mandela Day 2014 by repainting the pediatric ward of the hospital.”

The Steelband Project

The V&A Waterfront has been hosting the Steelband Project’s “Steelband Showcase” at the Amphitheatre for over four years. These are held at the end of each school term, and give the various steelbands from around the Western Cape, and sometimes further afield, an opportunity to perform in a vibrant and very popular public space.

“When one bears in mind that many steelbands are from schools based in disadvantaged and troubled communities, such as Manenberg, Heideveld and Gugulethu, as well as some rural areas – the social benefits of having these young people performing in front of a large, international audience are apparent.”

Texas Battle Foundation

When visiting South Africa in 2013, Texas Battle met a group of young dancers and after seeing their living conditions, decided to support them financially. He then founded the Texas Battle Foundation with the aim of trying to better living conditions and breaking the cycle of poverty. The foundation not hosts and event on the Amphitheatre to raise awareness of the foundation.

“The V&A Waterfront Partnership with the TB Foundation has become one of the main yearly events we do for raising funds for our kids of South Africa. The V&A Waterfront provides our foundation with space on the Amphitheatre for free, so that we may gain exposure as an organisation. We are able to use such funds for tutoring services, school uniforms, clothes, school fees, transportation services, and dental hygiene.”

Home of Hope

Home of Hope supports vulnerable children and families experiencing various hardships, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), with a holistic child-centred approach. The goal is to help them reach their optimal potential in becoming contributing and socially responsible members of society. Our aim is to provide children with a home as close to a family environment as possible where a solid foundation could be laid, giving them the best chance in life.

“Working with the V&A Waterfront in 2015 helped raise and amazing amount of R25 000 for Home of Hope. Through our partnership with V&A Waterfront, we were able provide all our children with their school requirements for 2016, as well as provide towards their meals for 2 months.”

Operation Hydrate

The Operation Hydrate event was held on the 22nd March 2016, free of charge on the Amphitheatre. Operation Hydrate, driven by community volunteers, aims to provide free water to the driest parts of South Africa. Partnering with the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation, we commemorated this day by educating the public on water conservation. The event also marked the end of a 22-day water collection drive in Cape Town, which has been supported by the city. The water collection programme is a civil society initiative, in response to the drought presently afflicting large parts of South Africa.

“The Operation Hydrate activation at the V&A Waterfront was most successful. The event attracted hundreds of people and the support from the management is most commendable. Thank you for making a difference. What we witnessed was Ubuntu in action.”

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA

Over the past 143 years the Cape of Good Hope SPCA have diligently carried out our mission to prevent cruelty to animals. This is done through education, law enforcement, veterinary care services (operating an animal hospital, and four mobile clinics serving impoverished communities), an Animal Care Centre, Horse Care Unit, and Wildlife Centre. Steadfast in our determination to raise awareness of animal welfare and to significantly reduce and prevent animal cruelty, we provide veterinary care to those communities most in need and a qualified team of experienced inspectors, ready to prevent animal cruelty, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

“The V&A Waterfront provided our organisation, with the kids’ playground for us to sell animal balloons in order to raise funds. We started selling balloons at the Waterfront from 2012 and have raised a total of over R200 000. The money raised collectively over the past four years, could pay for all medical treatments in our Animal Care Centre over the course of a year. As an organisation that receives no government funding, we rely heavily on the support of our animal loving communities to ensure that no animal endures cruelty. This is achieved by putting all our efforts in creating awareness of the work we do and raise much needed income. Thank you to the V&A Waterfront for their on-going help.”

Somerset Hospital

For the Mandela Day initiative in 2015, the V&A Waterfront once again partnered with the Somerset Hospital to uplift areas within the hospital. For a week, the V&A Waterfront’s contractor friends at MLR and Baloo Plumbing, did great work to renovate the Dr’s and Nurses’ tea rooms in their Neo-Natal ward. These individuals do such great work on a daily basis.

“We really do acknowledge and appreciate the enormous amount of effort, organisation and coordination that was involved before and during the very extensive renovation, and how many different people and companies gave generously of their expertise, time and materials. We were really touched by the enthusiasm of the role-players on the handover day and could see the spirit of Madiba’s mission as the V&A Waterfront extended group came together with the common purpose of celebrating this achievement and gift with our management and staff. We do feel that the true essence of Madiba’s kindness, generosity and love of children has been represented through you all. Please know your efforts will continue to make a tangible contribution to the staff for many years to come.”