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Three charities in the Eastern Cape were the real winners of the 21st annual SPAR Charity Golf Day, which took place at the Humewood Golf Club in Port Elizabeth recently.
Love Story and the Rape Crisis Centre in PE and the Carel du Toit Centre in East London shared equally in the R105 000 proceeds from the day.
“We organise this golf day every year and ask our suppliers to come on board in raising much-needed funds for charities in our region,” said SPAR Eastern Cape marketing director Abri Swart.
“With SPAR being a family brand that is very much involved in the community and things that are important to our region, we try to select beneficiaries that tap into those values.”
Swart said they hand-selected different beneficiaries each year as they wanted to spread the funds among as many organisations as possible.
“As the leading food retailer in the province, we pride ourselves on being able to raise awareness and create support for these charities.”
He said they were also proud to partner with their suppliers in such a worthy venture.
“I would like to thank those who have invested in the day to make it what it is. Without their support, we wouldn’t have had anything to give.”
Carel du Toit Centre principal Paula Kumm said they were absolutely thrilled with the donation. “As an NPO, we have to raise a lot of our own funds and this will go a long way.”
She said the school taught deaf children how to talk.
“They are fitted with hearing aids and cochlear implants and then we teach them. It is a slow process, but a rewarding one.”
Kumm said many of their pupils were from less fortunate communities and were fed three times a day. “The technology that we use is also very expensive.”
The money received by Love Story would go to producing more meals, said Ryan le Roux.
“We are there to serve the needy and destitute. Wherever there is a need in the community, we are there to meet it.”
Marvin Draai from the Rape Crisis Centre said it was “fantastic” to receive a contribution from SPAR and that it would help to look after their shelter for the survivors of gender-based violence.