10 September 2018

The Vodacom Shop Celebrity Golf Day, an annual highlight on the Western Cape golfing calendar, is set to take place on 18 October 2018. Sportsmen and women, celebrities and other golf enthusiasts will take part in this event, in aid of the Val de Vie Foundation, at the Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course on Val de Vie Estate.

This year, the Val de Vie Foundation together with Khula Development Group, whose dream is that every child from a poor community attends school every day, is encouraged to attend by providing reflective school bags and shoes to learners in the Valley.  Approximately a quarter of Western Cape learners do not attend school and, while there are many contributing factors, road safety and a decent pair of school shoes are issues that can be addressed and transformed.

In the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, most learners walk to school, some as far as 5 kilometres there and back daily. Road accidents involving learners often occur because the young pedestrians are not visible to motorists. The Val de Vie Foundation has partnered with Visibility is Life – an organization dedicated to improving the safety of all pedestrians by educating the youth on road safety and providing reflective gear. With a portion of the funds raised from the 2018 Vodacom Shop Celebrity Golf Day, a selection of young learners attending non-fee-paying schools in the Valley will be provided with a school bag with reflective strips on the front and back.

Buccaneer school shoes – established in 1905 as a South African family business – is also partnering with the Val de Vie Foundation to ensure that, with the balance of the funds raised, the most severely financially challenged learners in under-resourced schools in the Valley will receive a donation of robust school shoes, with a customised reflective strip.

In the last two years, the Vodacom Celebrity Golf Day has made a considerable difference in the lives of children living in the Valley. The 2016 event raised sufficient funds for the construction of a roof over the quad at Orleansvale Primary. In 2017, a record amount of funds raised ensured that almost 700 preschool 3-5 year olds in Paarl East and Mbekweni’s under-resourced creches, nominated by Valcare in conjunction with the Val De Vie Foundation, were provided with a daily breakfast porridge for 10 months.

To enter the 2018 Vodacom Shop Celebrity Golf Day and provide your support to these worthy initiatives, email events@pearlvalley.co.za

The Val de Vie Foundation was founded in 2015 based on a strong focus on giving back to the larger community to help create a better life for all. The development company, Val de Vie Investments (Pty) Ltd, has committed 1% of all developer sales income to the Foundation. All of the new Home Owners’ Associations allocate 5% of levy income from new developments to the Foundation. In less than three years, more than R8 million has been allocated to the Val de Vie Foundation to support numerous viable community projects in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. Through its implementation partner Valcare – who is responsible for the intervention, project identification, monitoring and evaluation – the Val de Vie Foundation supports close to forty organisations in the Valley.

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