Val de Vie Estate – Over the past eight weeks, since the implementation of a nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19, Val de Vie Estate residents stepped up and raised R1 million for the Val de Vie Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund.

Thousands of people in the Paarl-Drakenstein Valley have been unable to work, lost their jobs or can’t get to feeding schemes during lockdown. The need for relief has been immense in communities that were vulnerable and reliant on fundraising initiatives even before the effect of the pandemic became a reality.

The Val de Vie Foundation, a non-profit organisation that supports people in under-resourced communities in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, has been collaborating with social investment managers, Valcare, and multiple stakeholders in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Val de Vie Estate residents were encouraged via the estate’s marketing channels to raise funds for the COVID-19 Response Fund that enabled the distribution of food support to households in nearby communities. To date, residents donated R1 005 124 of the total R2 565 862 funds raised. Val de Vie Estate residents furthermore donated their time as volunteers to pack 3683 food parcels that would enable an estimated 824 992 meals.

In partnership with Valcare’s COVID-19 Fund and their parallel Food Security Programme with Drakenstein Municipality, another 4983 household food vouchers have also been distributed, over and above the parcels, that have in total enabled an estimated R1 944 544.

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Founded in 2015, the Val de Vie Foundation is passionate about investing in sustainable impact by supporting numerous viable projects in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. To date, the Val de Vie Foundation has raised over R21 million which has been used to assist the most vulnerable in our communities. Through our implementation partner Valcare, the Val de Vie Foundation supports over 40 organisations in the Valley.