5 For Change is an annual black tie fundraiser dedicated to raising awareness about 5 inspiring social enterprises which are changing the way Cape Town gives back.
Krone MCC was once again on-board as a sponsor for this worthy cause.
This year’s event was a phenomenal success and raised over R270, 000—a new record—for the 5 beneficiaries: Ikhaya Le Langa, Community Keepers, Numeric, Sunshine Cinema & Dine With.
We wanted to get to know these inspiring organisations a little better, so we asked them each 5 questions.
Ikhaya Le Langa > http://ikhayalelanga.co.za
Ikhaya Le Langa (Home of the Sun) is a social enterprise committed to the revitalization of Langa and empowerment of its people through job creation and socio-economic development. Tony Elvin answers.
Your mission in a nutshell: Establishing the Langa Quarter as a cleaner, greener and safer jazz and heritage destination for tourists and Capetonians alike by creating entrepreneurs and new businesses and employment.
How can regular people help bring about social change in small ways in their daily lives? Choosing to overturn historic the fear paradigm by exploring the diversity that is Cape Town
Your favorite moment from 5 for Change? The overwhelming positive reaction from guests on hearing the work the we are doing for Langa and the City of Cape Town.
How has 5 for Change impacted what you do? We have raised the profile of the ‘Langa Quarter’ to a ‘cool’ group of Capetonians, which is critical to the long term success of the project. The funds raised has enabled us to complete phase one of the SUN DINER allowing us to set up the free food menu for Langa Volunteers.
The future holds… A city that has a new playground for all Capetonians finally breaking the apartheid spatial planning spell forever.
Community Keepers > https://communitykeepers.org/
Community Keepers aims to improve the social and emotional well-being of learners and create supportive school communities where learning and development can prosper. Bridgette Wirth answers.
Your mission in a nutshell: Founded in 2008, Community Keepers provides free psychological and social services to children in schools in marginalised communities, with the aim of keeping them in school by helping them to deal with their emotional and psychological burdens, which is the result of living in communities where issues such as violence, neglect, sexual and substance abuse are rife.
How can regular people help bring about social change in small ways in their daily lives? By becoming Keepers of their Communities! It is so easy to sponsor a child’s therapy session (R100 = one session) and make a real difference in their life.
Your favourite moment from 5 for Change? Meeting and collaborating with the other beneficiaries and learning about the changes they are making in our country, and spreading awareness for the importance of mental health intervention amongst South Africa’s children and youth.
How has 5 for Change impacted what you do? The event was a great opportunity to tell people about the real issues that are right on their doorstep and getting them to realise how easily change can take place.
The future holds… Community Keepers currently operates in 17 schools in the Western Cape. We aim to have 100 school-based counselling offices in 100 schools nationwide by 2025. We aim to achieve this by creating bigger awareness for mental health issues affecting our youth and children, and challenging the taboos surrounding mental health, which is often seen as the ‘orphan of the South African healthcare system’.
Sunshine Cinema > http://sunshinecinema.org/
Sunshine Cinema is a mobile cinema that converts solar power into social impact. Sydelle Smith answers.
Your mission in a nutshell: We are a solar powered mobile media platform. We host screenings, run media training, develop employment for youth through our Sunbox ambassadorship program and use virtual reality as a tool for media advocacy.
How can regular people help bring about social change in small ways in their daily lives? Ignorance towards social issues is a choice, live with empathy, and focus on learning and listening from others around you with humility and your purpose and input will create change.
Your favourite moment from 5 for Change? Talking to all the different guests at our stand, who had come to support the event.
How has 5 for Change impacted what you do? It has given us a platform to access a diverse network of potential funders, collaborators and future Sunshine Cinema audience members. The money raised assists us in a big way in fine-tuning our mobile solar cinema concept.
The future holds…More sunshine, more screenings, more collaborations, bringing people into rooms together to talk about the issues affecting them the most to come up with viable solutions.
Dine With > http://dinewith.co.za/
Dine With is a platform that bridges the gap between townships and cities, empowers hosts, showcase township food and hospitality and ignites social dialogue. Sive Thonga answers.
Your mission in a nutshell: To bridge the gap between township and cities, through conversations driven by different themes ranging from entrepreneurship, social issues and leadership, sustainability.
How can regular people help bring about social change in small ways in their daily lives? Break all the barriers that hinder us as humankind from working in unity and continue connecting people in the quest of also finding innovative ways to unravel our daily challenges.
Your favourite moment from 5 for Change? 5 For Change proved that when all the barriers had been broken down: impossible is nothing more than just a word, and united will can conquer anything.
How has 5 for Change impacted what you do? Great impact has been made in a sense that nothing will be the same. 5 For Change have helped us in optimising the project with the resources and the connections which they have made available to us throughout the process.
The future holds… We’ve already hosted dinners in Gugulethu and Lavender Hill and we are now on the verge of involving more areas.
Numeric > https://www.numeric.org/
Numeric is on a mission to help young South Africans excel in maths by providing after-school maths interventions to primary school children and by training high-quality maths teachers for the public school system. Kristen Tompson answers.
Your mission in a nutshell: We are on a mission to help young South Africans excel in mathematics by providing after-school maths interventions to primary school children and by training high-quality maths teachers for the public school system.
How can regular people help bring about social change in small ways in their daily lives? People can identify a need in society that they are passionate about and work to make an impact in that area—whether it’s tutoring one child or visiting an animal shelter or donating to support their favourite non-profit; everyone can make a difference! The most important thing is simply starting.
Your favourite moment from 5 for Change? It was an incredible event, we enjoyed every moment! Our team had a wonderful time sharing our work with the Cape Town community—and dancing too!
How has 5 for Change impacted what you do? 5 for Change gave us an opportunity to share our work and see how enthusiastic people are about what we do! The exposure and the funds raised will help us continue improving educational opportunities for young South Africans.
The future holds…We hope to expand our impact into other parts of South Africa. We also hope that we will continue to build on the relationships made at 5 for Change.