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.

  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
Characters remaining

    Latest Property News
    • 23 Feb 2018
      RE/MAX Property Associates’ Table View Office, which services property buyers and sellers along the Table Bay coastline and surrounds, has recently sold a home in Woodbridge Island for R11 million – the highest price paid for any home in the sought-after security complex.
    • 23 Feb 2018
      Choosing to invest in an overseas property can be daunting. But as more and more investors recognise the value of a diversified portfolio that includes property outside of their own country of residence, international property investment is growing in popularity.
    • 23 Feb 2018
      The positive change in South Africa’s political landscape is paving the way for an upswing in the local property market.
    • 22 Feb 2018
      An excellent credit score is one of the most priceless assets a potential home buyer can have. This tool has the power to secure favorable mortgage and refinancing rate, influencing everything from the size of the loan repayment to the interest rate on the home loan.
    • 22 Feb 2018
      What do you do if you love your home’s location and the area, but the home no longer fits your growing family’s needs? Do you stay and renovate your existing home or find a home that meets your developing criteria?
    • 22 Feb 2018
      While every owner wants to sell their property at the best possible price, overpricing a home can be the kiss of death for a sale.
    • 21 Feb 2018
      Given the hand they were dealt, government has performed a delicate balancing act which it is hoped will serve to reignite confidence in investment in South Africa, regain our global credibility and satisfy the credit ratings agencies, says Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group.
    • 21 Feb 2018
      The real estate mantra, ‘location, location, location’ remains a strong market influence regardless of the prevailing economy, with suburbs like Rondebosch enjoying the buffering benefit of being ideally situated.
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    Share this Page

    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    Connect with us