This week my spotlight is on an organisation called Charity: Water. Operating from New York, Charity: Water was founded by Scott Harrison in 2006 + aims at providing clean drinking water to people in developing countries.
There are 748 million people on the planet who don’t have clean water. It’s hard to imagine what 748 million people looks like really, but one in nine might be easier. One in nine people in our world doesn’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without.
I recently attended the Klein Constantia / Omega Pharma Quick-Step charity cocktail do in aid of Francois Pienaar’s MAD Charity (Make a Difference). Held at the gorgeous Klein Constantia wine farm, there was a fantastic turn-out despite the weather and everyone seemed ready to have a good time. There was an auction which saw some exciting items being swept up by enthusiastic bidders. From a 5 star break-away for two donated by the Royal Portfolio to a brand new top-of-the-range bike donated by Specialized Bikes, guests were keenly getting involved for a good cause. It also helped that pro-cycling legend Eddy Merckx was there!
This weekend I attended a fabulous fashion event in Brooklyn called Art Meets Fashion, which was an awesome evening held at Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn. AMF is an International exhibit which includes fashion influenced artwork, sculpture and video installations created by 40+ artists from NYC, Brazil, Italy, Africa, Hong Kong and Spain.
This is a wonderful non-profit organization which dedicates itself to relieve some of the heartache and difficulties faced by childhood Cancer-affected families. They support children with Cancer and their families as well as promote Childhood Cancer Awareness. It was founded in 2009 and is a registered NPO with PBO status. I am so honoured to be an ambassador for them and I am looking forward to our first project together, a visit to St Josephs.
Coming up this week is Rotary International’s amazing initiative, The Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD). Rotary has formed a fantastic partnership with the Department of Health, Coca-Cola, the CDC and USAID in order to host a series of Health Days (across the world) from 9-11 May 2013. On the days the Department of Health will supply qualified people to do completely free testing, screenings and counselling. Rotary’s role is to give as much support and service as possible where needed during the three days. All Rotary Clubs in the world are taking part in this initiative during these three days.
May is one of my favourite months. Last year this time I was getting home from London where I had just done Top Model UK. Here in South Africa, May is the last month of the Autumn season and things are headed for Winter so it’s getting chilly. Good thing I’ll be in New York when it’s the height of Winter here! For May I decided some of my goals this month would revolve around spring cleaning.. this is going to be a month of organizing and cleaning out! Here are some of the things I’m going to do:
1. Clean out all my old stuff and give to charity. This includes my old books, textbooks, sport stuff, ornaments and clothes. I just realized I am keeping a lot of my old things and it’s piling up. I am doing a huge clean out this month and I have three charities in mind who I would like to drop my boxes off with. I will keep you posted!
2. Read a book. I have started an incredibly-written novel by Julian Fellowes called ‘Past Imperfect’. I love reading but the trouble is sometimes life runs away with me and I never finish things I start reading. This one I’m determined to complete!
3. Finish another blog I’m creating. I’m working on a new project and I’m going to work extra hard to get it done before the end of the month. Very exciting stuff, watch this space!
Purchase a print from 100CAMERAS.ORG and with that, provide medicine for one child for one month!
100cameras empowers marginalized children to document their lives through photography and to create positive change in their own communities. 100% of the money from the children’s purchased prints is used to raise awareness and capital to meet physical needs and empower sustainable growth within their community.
My favourite project of theirs is the one at St. Bartholomew’s Orphanage in Kajo Keji, South Sudan.
In 2013, the population of South Africa was 52.98 million people.Of those, there are an estimated 9 million people below the poverty line (less than $1 a day). I can’t hope to change all their lives but I can make a difference. I just look around and it’s easy to find places where I can offer assistance. Every charity deserves exposure. I hope to put the spotlight on some of the ones I have come across. I am in the fortunate position to be affiliated with the Rotary Club of Algoa Bay, as my mother was the President (2011-2012) and is now the AG for District 9370.