The V&A Waterfront supports causes which are aligned with our business philosophy. Our objective is to foster a sense of community which we are invested in.
Over the years, the V&A Waterfront has partnered with the following organisations:
Amy Biehl Foundation: The foundation uses the Amphitheatre at no cost to host their fundraiser as well as their performance.
Zip Zap Circus School: We pay the school to provide entertainment over the school holidays and festive season. This is essentially enabling the funding of their initiatives.
SPCA: We provide them with free space to sell their pet balloons which raises much needed funds.
Hoops for Hope: The Kids’ Playground area is provided free of charge for them to promote their cause of using sports as a way for young people to become healthier and more productive adults.
COSATU Senior Citizens Day: For the annual celebration, we provide food packs, entertainment and assist with the logistics of the day. The event attracts 3000 senior citizens.
In addition, the Amphitheatre is also used as a platform for young musicians from these organisations to develop their performing skills:
Cape Town International Jazz Festival: Training and Development Division
Jazz Art Dance School Western Cape Steel Band Showcase
Texas Battle Foundation
For Mandela Day, which is celebrated annually on the 18th of July, the V&A Waterfront works with a variety of different causes for ways in which staff could spend their 67 minutes. In 2015, the initiatives included:
Relate Bracelet is an NGO that creates bracelets and sells them through a range of retailers’ country wide. The makers of these bracelets (ranging from the elderly who supplement their pensions, to refugees, to unemployed township youth) earn an income and are, where possible, up skilled to move beyond Relate. V&A Waterfront staff were invited to join the lovely Gogos of Relate Bracelet to make bracelets which would be sold for funds.
67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day is a charity that started as an appeal on Facebook a year ago and is now a global movement. Each blanket is a work of love that is shared with somebody in need in all corners of South Africa. Staff joined this inspiring group of individuals to knit and do their part for Mandela Day.
As part of our 2014 legacy, the V&A Waterfront once again assisted the Somerset Hospital to uplift areas within the hospital. Our contractor friends from MLR and Baloo Plumbing have done great work to renovate the Drs’ and Nurses’ tea rooms in their neo-natal ward. These individuals do such great work on a daily basis and it makes us extremely happy to give just a little something back to them.
We assisted Robertson House in Milnerton with much needed renovations at their premises. This included garden and utility work around the site.
The V&A Waterfront has also donated funds to these organisations so that they are able to continue their work:
Calvyn Protestant Church
Bel Porto Special Needs School
Reach for a Dream Foundation
Friends of Vista Nova
Tygerburg 104 FM
Duet Endowment Trust
Sheri Botha Special Needs School
Winter Charity Drive
Winter can be brutal…if you’re homeless, orphaned or an abandoned animal.
We support five different charities. We would like to ease their load and lend a helping hand this winter.
We need your help to make things a little less brutal for them this winter. Here’s how you can help:
A safety house for babies who have been abandoned, removed from their families or are awaiting adoption.
Let’s help them to continue to be a comfort to these children by giving:
• Disposable nappies (size 2-4)
• Long sleeve baby grows (size 6 to 12 months)
• Lactogen formula
• Long life milk
THE HOME OF HOPE
By providing love and a place of safety, children with special needs can have a bright future.
Let’s help them to help others by donating:
• Wet wipes
• Nappies (Size 3, 4 & 5)
• Washing powder
• Fabric softener
TEARS ANIMAL SHELTER
Stray, abandoned and abused animals cannot fend for themselves.
Help TEARS Animal Shelter continue their good work by donating:
• Cat & dog food (Tinned and wet)
• Plastic dog baskets (Large)
• Collars (Half-neck)
THE HAVEN NIGHT SHELTER
You are homeless. It's raining, it's cold and you are hungry. The Haven Night Shelter will help you.
Help us to help the Haven this winter, by donating:
• Groceries (non-perishables)
• Cleaning detergents
• Sanitary towels
A safe and comfortable home for abandoned, disabled, orphaned and terminally ill children.
Let’s show our support for the amazing work they do by helping with:
• Baby formula (Nan 1 and Nan 2)
• Baby, infant and elderly diapers & linen savers
• Medical supplies (Plasters, Cotton wool etc.)
• Warm clothing and blankets
Drop off point: V&A Waterfront Information Centre located on Dock Road next to Mitchells Brewery from 9am – 6pm daily.
Collections end 31 July 2016
If you’d like to volunteer at any of these charities, please get in touch with the charities directly.