#GivingTuesday | Donate Your Second-hand Goods

On Tuesday 3 December 2019 the world celebrates Giving Tuesday. It's a global generosity movement that started a seven years ago, to follow the mass spending that happens the week before on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (this year taking place on 29 November 2019 & 2 December 2019). This international day of doing good has also expanded into South Africa (#GivingTuesdaySA), with thousands of organisations rallying people to do something to help others. This year, Valcare along [...]

By | November 19th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Celebrity Golf Day contributes to new building for Good Hope Day Care

The annual Vodacom Shop Celebrity Golf Day that was held on 7 November 2019 at Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Val de Vie Estate, managed to raise more than R600 000 in aid of one of Valcare's members, the Good Hope Day Care Centre for disabled children. The renowned golf day saw 128 golfers participate, including celebrities like Jean de Villiers, Heinz Winkler, Jacques Kallis and the current Mr South Africa, Heinrich Gabler. [...]

By | November 13th, 2019|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Lonely Boy to Brave Firefighter

 “When things aren’t good in my life, I like to be alone and work with my hands, building my sound system. I don’t go out and look for trouble or pick fights, I work.” Although humble and soft-spoken, Franco Booysen has a steely determination and confidence that seems out of place  for someone who has suffered such a difficult history. A sad and solitary start When Franco was only a young boy, his mother passed [...]

By | November 11th, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Human Trafficking Event Educates and Empowers Community

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” With this well-known quote from Edmund Burke, Ivan Swartz (CEO of Valcare) opened the very dynamic human trafficking training day held last week in Paarl. This training jointly hosted by Ezrah Community Training and Development NPC and Valcare as part of the Drakenstein Child Protection Programme was a collaborative effort to raise awareness about human trafficking. In light [...]

By | November 4th, 2019|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

From the CEO: Valcare Team Volunteers as Youth Mentors

At the beginning of 2019, I wrote this blog about the potential of having new year’s resolutions that really matter. We called it #RealResolutions. At Valcare, we work with community projects on a daily basis, but much of our work are behind the scenes or behind a computer. So, as a team we made a #RealResolution to personally volunteer our time to directly serve at one of our member nonprofit organisations during 2019.  After doing [...]

By | October 29th, 2019|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Training Schedule for Nonprofits 2020

As part of Valcare's capacity building benefits to our member organisations, we present affordable training sessions to nonprofits in the Cape Winelands. These morning workshops are hosted in Paarl and aim to up-skill managers and employees in all areas of running a successful nonprofit organisation. Who may attend the Valcare training sessions? All registered nonprofits and charitable organisations are welcome to attend the training although Valcare members get preferential rates for these sessions. What is [...]

By | October 28th, 2019|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Young Dreamer to Passionate Youth Worker

As a little boy, Darren Hartlief dreamed of only one career path -  to become a teacher. Every afternoon after school, he’d return home and immediately get lost in a make-believe classroom of his own. “I’d gather bricks in the backyard, place them all in a row, give each one a name and ‘teach’ them all the lessons I’d learned at school that day,” Darren recalls with amusement. While his dream didn’t play out quite [...]

By | October 10th, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From being blind to bringing light

Despite being born blind, Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Arendse (53) has never felt disadvantaged by her lack of eyesight. Instead, she has used every opportunity to educate herself and give back to her community in many different ways. When she isn’t supporting and helping those around her, she works as a switchboard operator at Paarl Hospital and fills the role of single mother to her son. Journey of empowerment Elizabeth’s journey of empowerment started as a young [...]

By | September 9th, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Watch | Valcare #RealHeroes Video: Mthetheleli’s Story

Mthetheleli got involved in gangsterism and crime as a young boy to impress his father and escape his harsh circumstances. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison where he got involved in gang fights and it was a survival of the fittest. After a traumatic incident, he made a decision that would change his life forever. Today, he is involved with one of Valcare's partner nonprofit organisations, The Message Trust, a nonprofit organisation that is [...]

By | September 2nd, 2019|Videos|0 Comments

Change-maker women celebrated at the Proteas of the Valley Event 2019

As a grand finale to Valcare’s annual women’s month campaign, a stylish high tea event was hosted at Kronenburg Estate on Tuesday 27 August 2019. The chosen 15 Proteas of the Valley ladies, along with the previous two years’ Proteas and honourable guests from the valley, were spoiled with an afternoon of encouragement, entertainment, delicious eats and special treats. The Proteas of the Valley women for 2019. Adriana Francke, Anthea Williams, Nontuthuzelo Ginya, Vanessa [...]

By | August 29th, 2019|News|0 Comments