PGP raises R45 000 for Stellenbosch outreach programme

Straatlig has been operating since 2007 and runs a number of outreach programmes aimed at supporting the town’s neediest citizens.  These include skills development programmes, one-on-one counselling, mentorship programmes and even children’s holiday camps.  The group also works in tandem with local night shelters to ensure the homeless can access food and shelter.  Straatlig’s ultimate aim is to help integrate them back into the Stellenbosch community, and the organisation has a strong emphasis on providing skills training and helping them secure employment.

PGP agent Dirk Carstens, one of the main driving forces behind the CSI campaign, says he was inspired to nominate Straatlig as a beneficiary as a result of his own personal desire to help the destitute – and lack of knowledge as to how to do this effectively.  “I was frustrated because I was unsure how one should best help the homeless or beggars we encounter on the streets,” he says.  “What we quickly learned from Straatlig is that giving money at traffic lights is not a real solution, but even contributes to keeping people on the streets.  We decided to rather be part of a long-term vision to help change these people’s lives and equip them with the skills to re-enter society.”

PGP’s campaign began with a wine auction and comedy evening held at the Rosé Restaurant in September.  The event was advertised in the local press as well as through the company’s extensive network of agents, clients, family and friends, and more than 100 people attended, while many others purchased tickets, even though they could not attend.  A number of local wine farms including top estates like Clos Malverne, Kanonkop Raats and Kaapzicht contributed wine for the event, which raised R35 000. Nedbank’s “Local Heroes” campaign was also approached for support, and contributed a further R10 000.

Borg says the funds have been used by Straatlig towards the purchase of a new minibus vehicle, used amongst other purposes for transporting children to camps and taking homeless people to places of work, shelters or for medical care.  “I am extremely proud of our Stellenbosch team for putting so much time and energy into raising money for this very worthy cause,” she adds.

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