Diplomats raise over R350k South African charities
The International Diplomatic Spouses Association (IDSA) has raised over R350,000 this year to help vulnerable groups in South Africa. This is more than twice the amount they raised last year for South African charities.
President of IDSA, Ruth Lenk says that the Association redoubled its efforts this year to raise more money to be able to help more charities. “We see the need for the work that we do as we go about our daily lives. As spouses of diplomats, we want to continue making a difference to the lives of ordinary South Africans especially vulnerable women and children,” she emphasised.
Photo: Spouses from eight countries delivering comfort packages to new mothers at the Stanza Bopape Health Center in Mamelodi.
On 25 August 2016, IDSA hosted its latest fundraising initiative - an international cookbook, ‘The World on a Plate’. The cookbook includes 80 recipes from 45 countries. Ms Lenk explains that the idea behind the book is to “connect with others by sharing a little of bit of our cultures and what better way to do this than through food?”
Copies of the book are available by emailing:
Proceeds from the sale of this book, in addition to the money raised earlier this year, will go towards improving the lives of many South Africans such as: the children who are fed in Eldorado Park through the Gail Britoe Foundation; the mothers who receive care packages for newborns at the Stanza Bopape Health Centre in Mamelodi; the women who are learning skills to make their lives better through Hope Alive and the victims of rape who are given basic supplies from Woman Against Rape (WAR) to get them on the road to recovery.
IDSA has donated a washing machine to Ububele in Alexandra and to Green Door in Diepsloot, two gas ovens to a high school in Mpumalanga, blankets to the homeless on the lawns of the Union Building, underwear to children in Atteridgeville and sponsored a Community Backyard Gardening project with Afrika Tikkun in Diepsloot, in addition to supplying basic needs like food and toiletries to Amadea Place of Safety, Changing Nations Ministries and the Themekile Mandela Foundation.
Donating to 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day initiative at the IDSA Golden Gala in May. (Carolyn Styen on right)
Donating 8000 sanitary pads to help girls attend classes through the Thembekile Mandela Foundation. (Ndeleka Mandela on right)
Children and their new washing machine at The Ububele Educational and Psychothereapy Trust in Kew, Johannesburg