Our Friends are family
They’ve provided hundreds of children in Cape Town, South Africa with access to quality education. Below are some of our Friends’ stories.
I have been supporting Starting Chance for years now both as a volunteer and with my husband we support the Trust financially. Each year when I visit South Africa I volunteer my services and I have been involved in many different projects with Starting Chance including helping to register a school with the Department of Social Development, helping them to start their incentive shop and much more. We have also had fun evenings in the United States to help fundraise for Starting Chance and build their network overseas. Non profit organisations like Starting Chance always love to have volunteers to help and I enjoy working with the Starting Chance team.
Night Sky Zombies is a local Cape Town band. We are all dads and we love to play music but we also have a heart to give back. This year on May 4th we had a concert at the Jack Black taproom and raised R20 000 for Starting Chance. This money has been used to bring music to the Starting Chance schools in Mfuleni township, Cape Town. We gave 25 schools a box of musical instruments, we provided the funding for a music specialist to do a workshop on music and we were part of a Training Teachers in Townships music workshop. It was such a wonderful way to give back and know that 1800 children will benefit.
Sweet Valley Primary School
Sweet Valley Primary School is a large school situated in Bergvliet, Cape Town. We feel strongly about teaching our children to care for others and to give back. Our Grade 2’s have been supporting Starting Chance for many years now. Each year we collect all sorts of educational games and toys for their programmes.
There is always great excitment when the children from Sweet Valley carry multiple bags of goodies to the car knowing that their collections are going to be helping 1780 children in the Mfuleni township. There is something very heart warming about children giving to children in need and it is building postive mindsets and relationships for the future generations of South Africa.
In 2016, I lived on Table Mountain for a week, ran to work and back every day and clocked up 6000m of ascent in one week to donate R23 000 to Starting Chance. 3 years later, I’ve set myself the challenge to run up and down seven mountains between Cape Town and George, South Africa in one week to build a new campus for Starting Chance.
My husband, Christer and I have been supporting Starting Chance Trust from when it was first started. We have helped to grow the Swedish network by organising fund raising events in Sweden and introducing Starting Chance to friends and colleagues. We have visited their projects and have encouraged friends to do the same – it is always fun to take Swedish visitors to see the schools and meet the children. We have donated financially to the Trust and continue to help and support from Sweden whenever we can. We love the work that Starting Chance has and is doing in Mfuleni, Cape Town.
We are from Sweden and we have been helping Starting Chance for over 3 years now. We have visited their project in Mfuleni and brought Lego from Sweden for the children. We have also contributed financially to the Trust. During our association with Starting Chance we have helped to grow the Friends of Starting Chance in Sweden and in May 2018, we co-hosted a wonderful event in Sweden where Starting Chance Trustees were introduced to many interested Swedish friends.