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In South Africa, there is only one counselor for at least every 390 000 people. The need for professional emotional support is an increasing concern, especially in the lives of children who struggle with schoolwork due to personal problems. Community Keepers, a non-profit organisation (NGO) that offers psychological and social services at schools in Stellenbosch and Cape Town, is taking this reality head-on and creating innovative ways for the public to become more involved.
In aid of its school-based programme, Community Keepers will host three exciting fundraiser events at sought-after venues from September to November with the help of local businesses and talented individuals. “The events are a great approach to bringing like-minded people together who want to make a positive impact on children’s lives”, says Community Keepers fundraising officer, Bridget Wirth. “It’s also a good opportunity for contributors to share their skills and help coordinate the spectacular events”.
Community Keepers assign registered counselors, and social workers and psychologists to their school offices to help learners cope with daily emotional challenges. They’re professional services also equip teachers, parents and guardians with the skills and information they need to be more effective in their roles.
The series of events has had a brilliant start with the first, the ‘Most Expensive Burger in Town’ event held at Overture Restaurant in September, being sold out.
Acclaimed SA Chef and Ultimate Braai Master judge, Bertus Basson will be showing his support and create the gourmet ‘Most Expensive Burgers’ at the first event. “I’m excited to be actively involved in an initiative where everyone’s efforts and 100 percent of the funds raised go toward providing a much-needed support system for learners”, says Basson.
“Since last year’s series, the events have helped us create awareness of the challenges that often withhold learners from fully utilising educational opportunities”, says Wirth. “Our aim is to establish a strong foundation for learners to take gradual steps toward making positive life choices”.
Another great way to actively invest in a child’s future is by dedicating an afternoon or weekend day to help at special events and activities that serve the communities. You can also book a counseling session for one child starting from R90 per 30 minute session at https://communitykeepers.org.
Tickets for the ‘Most Expensive Burger in Town’ event in October are still available at www.themostexpensiveburgerintown.co.za. The ticket will include a gourmet hamburger prepared by Kokkedoor (Kyknet season two) winner and Slippery Spoon Chef and owner, Johnny Hamman, delicious wine, locally brewed craft beer and artisan ice cream. All proceeds, including tickets purchased by the organisers, partners and sponsors will be donated to the Community Keepers programme.