Meet our Proteas of the Valley 2019 women

Three years ago, Valcare had a dream of honouring the women of the Paarl valley and surrounding areas, who work tirelessly to make our communities a better place. Over the years this inspirational women’s month initiative, held in August each year, has grown in leaps and bounds and has become a highlight in the Cape Winelands calendar. The name ‘Proteas of the Valley’ was chosen last year, because just like this famous fynbos plant, these [...]

By | August 1st, 2019|News|0 Comments

The First VisionBox Community Optometry Practice Opens in Mbekweni

Eight years ago, Werner Fourie, a successful optometrist, established a nonprofit organisation called Project Cat-Eye to help people who couldn’t afford eyecare. Whilst assisting an elderly lady to test her eyes and give her new glasses, he asked her what she was excited about most, now that she would be able to see properly. Her answer was: “I cannot wait to read my Bible again for the first time in 40 years. Today has changed [...]

By | July 18th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Proteas of the Valley 2019 | Honouring Inspirational Women

They are strong, selfless, brave and kind. They are caring, humble and encouraging. Just like the local Protea flower - these women flourish despite harsh, dry and mountainous terrains. Women form the backbone of our community. August is National Women’s Month and Valcare is once again honouring the fierce females who make the Paarl valley and surrounding areas a better place. They are the Proteas of the Valley. We’re talking about the hope carriers, [...]

By | July 1st, 2019|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Vodacom Shop Celebrity Golf Day 2019 to Raise Funds for Good Hope Day Care Centre

13 June 2019 | Press release issued by Val de Vie Foundation 'Real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles' The Vodacom Shop Celebrity Golf Day returns to the Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Val de Vie Estate on Thursday 7 November 2019. This golf day aids in raising funds for the Val de Vie Foundation, whose aim is to create a better life for all in the Drakenstein [...]

By | June 13th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Organisations Unite for Child Protection in the Cape Winelands

The Drakenstein Child Protection Programme is once again uniting local organisations to empower, uplift, educate, and raise awareness during May for Child Protection Month and Child Protection Week from 28 May to 4 June 2019. Nine nonprofit organisations currently form part of the Drakenstein Child Protection Steering Group. These organisations all work directly with child-related initiatives and some of them have been collaborating since 2017 not only during Child Protection Month, but consistently through the year. [...]

By | May 16th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Valcare’s Amazing Race 2019 Creates Meaningful Connections

Valcare once again hosted an inspiring networking event to connect more than a hundred partners and nonprofit member organisations in the Cape Winelands with one another. The event took place on Friday 10 May 2019 with the beautiful Ashanti Estate in Paarl serving as the starting and finishing point. Immersive Community Experiences To enable a fun networking opportunity and to offer a firsthand glimpse into the wonderful work that a selection of our nonprofit member [...]

By | May 13th, 2019|News|0 Comments

10 Ways to Raise Awareness for Child Protection Month

The month of May is Child Protection Month in South Africa and this year child protection week is celebrated from 28 May to 4 June 2019. Here are 10 ways of  how your organisation, church or business can celebrate the value of children and create awareness for child protection during May. 1. GO GREEN FOR AWARENESS The Green Ribbon was adopted by the National Child Protection Committee in 1994 and symbolises life and growth associated with [...]

By | April 1st, 2019|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

From the CEO: Running for Good Hope Day Care Centre

Since I started working as the CEO of Valcare in 2016, I've had the privilege of engaging with countless of organisations in the Cape Winelands. Xoliswa outside the small house where she runs the centre from. One of Valcare's member organisations and partners, Good Hope Day Care Centre (GHDCC), however had a particular impact on me on a very personal level. Xoliswa Mjezu started GHDCC when she realised that there is no day [...]

By | March 21st, 2019|News|0 Comments

From the CEO on World NGO Day: Where Compassion and Competence Meet

On World NGO Day, 27 February, we recognise and reflect on the unsung heroes in our communities. Thousands of passionate people working tirelessly to make a difference through their organisations. At Valcare we call them the #RealHeroes – people like Songelwa, Cathy, Xoliswa and Mark all supporting different causes by selflessly sacrificing to serve others. They are called #RealHeroes, because the NGO space in South Africa is not for the faint-hearted. Not only is it extremely hard work with [...]

By | February 26th, 2019|News|0 Comments

From the CEO: Setting #RealResolutions for 2019

Every year my wife and I have a Swartz-family strategic session where we  review our previous year’s outcomes and discuss our goals for the year ahead. We started doing this about three years ago after realising that setting new year’s resolutions usually ended up fading into insignificance by the end of February. We wanted it to be more impactful. Gym, health and failed resolutions… When I consider all the failed resolutions of joining the gym [...]

By | January 9th, 2019|News|0 Comments