And it’s all thanks to you…
Last year, Vintage with Love raised more than R700 000 during its two day sale, with every cent donated to two literacy charities, The Click Foundation and The Link. Here’s how your generosity made a difference:
The Click Foundation[JR1]
The Click Foundation was established in response to the education crisis in South Africa. The aim of the Foundation is to innovate and test non-conventional, out of the box, technology-based education solutions that have potential to meaningfully impact education for individuals. In January 2012, the Foundation began implementing an English literacy program, in under-resourced schools, called Reading Eggs, focussed on the all-important foundation phase of literacy. If a child does not receive adequate foundation phase literacy education, all further education is seriously compromised.
In 2013 the Foundation grew its learner numbers by a massive 920%. With the R350 000 donated by Vintage with Love, The Click Foundation was able to sponsor 313 learners (from two primary schools) to participate in the programme, 10% of the Foundation’s total 3060 learners. The Foundation was able to provide these learners with essential foundation phase support, with the aim to improve literacy through the use of technology. They had a year’s access to Reading Eggs and were active on the programme at school, twice a week.
The focus for the year ahead remains growing learner numbers, including further classes and primary schools in the programme, and forging new partnerships.
“We were thrilled to be one of the first beneficiaries of Vintage with Love. The event was a privilege to be a part of. It was a brilliant idea, superbly executed bringing together a bunch of passionate people doing something fun for an outstanding cause. Their funding went a long way to assisting us in reaching our target of 3000 learners. “ Martine Schaffer – CEO Click Foundation
The Link is an NPO which supports the development of literacy and numeracy in children for whom English is a second language. The Link currently operates in government schools, with the focus on foundation literacy.
With the money donated by Vintage with Love, The Link has been able to set up and maintain nine reading centres, and reach 782 children per week, up from 666 in 2013. The reading centres rely on a network of volunteers who come in twice a week to read with the school children. In addition, a mobile classroom was set up at HA Jack Primary, a new centre was opened at Orange Grove Primary, R50 per child was set aside for stationery, readers have been augmented and upgraded, and The Link centres at Yeoville Community School and Salvazione Christian School have opened maths centres.
The Vintage with Love team is thrilled that last year’s sale had such a valuable impact on the two literacy charities we supported. And it’s all thanks to you, our valued, generous donors and shoppers! We are counting down the days to Vintage 2014 – just nine days to go until the next extraordinary vintage fashion sale – and we are looking forward to another extremely successful event where shopping meets fashion meets making a difference!