Watch | Valcare #RealHeroes Video Series | Anele’s Story

By | May 13th, 2019|Videos|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

WATCH | Valcare #RealHeroes Video Series: Cathy’s Story

By | February 25th, 2019|Videos|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Jobless and Desperate to Inspired Sommelier

#RealHeroes Christiaan's Story. Christiaan was only six years old when he witnessed his father being shot and killed right in front of his eyes. He was severely traumatised by the incident and became an angry and rebellious boy. When Christiaan’s mother decided to get married again, he was furious, and refused to accept this new relationship. But as time went on, he saw that his mother was happy and he grew fonder of his stepdad. [...]

By | February 25th, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Chasing Wealth to Feeding the Poor

Back in 1985 whilst doing his service time with the South African Navy in Saldanha Bay, Mark Maingard was given two options: “do you want to be a driver or a chef?”. He chose to be a chef – a decision that set the course for the rest of his life. Rising into the food industry After leaving the Navy, Mark started a job at an industrial catering company where he was hired first as [...]

By | February 15th, 2019|Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Shy Girl to Determined Student

#RealHeroes Series KERISHNIE’S  STORY “I was raised by a single mom who is a farmworker. We didn’t have much. My mother was however always passionate about her work and did everything in her power to provide for us. Since I was a girl she would tell me that I should make the most of my life. So when the opportunity came to join the Good Company Programme at the Paarl Youth Initiative, I jumped at the chance. Looking in the mirror [...]

By | January 23rd, 2019|Stories of Hope|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