Fighting fires with funds

2017-06-13 06:01
From left are Melissa Durand (Tintswalo Antlantic general manager), Joanne Chamaly (Thula Thula Hout Bay CEO) and Lisa Goosen (Tintswalo Lodges CEO).

From left are Melissa Durand (Tintswalo Antlantic general manager), Joanne Chamaly (Thula Thula Hout Bay CEO) and Lisa Goosen (Tintswalo Lodges CEO).

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Thula Thula Hout Bay has been a pivotal point in helping disaster victims in Hout Bay since it was started.

Last month, the organisation received a boost through the generous support of Tintswalo Atlantic who raised R355 000 at the ‘Phoenix Charity Dinner’ held at the hotel. It was the second annual event of its kind, held in commemoration of the devastating Western Cape fires of 2015, which also claimed the original lodge.

This year’s event was hosted by MC Joanne Strauss and auctioneer Joey Burke, with proceeds allocated to local disaster relief organisation Thula Thula Hout Bay. Headed by Joanne Chamaly, the non-governmental organisation in 2015 also addressed a need for centralised, community-oriented collections and distributions.

Proceeds of this year’s Phoenix Charity Dinner will be used to employ Thula Thula trainers to educate young people about the best course of action during fire threats, in an effort to help reduce fire disasters affecting local homes.

Lisa Goosen, CEO of Tintswalo, thanked supporters at the fundraising event. “Tintswalo was grateful for the opportunity to reach out and give back to the local community, especially in the aftermath of the recent Hout Bay fires that affected 15 000 people and destroyed 3500 homes in Imizamo Yethu township in March.”

On 2 March 2015, a wildfire devastated huge swathes of natural vegetation, homes, and businesses all over the Cape Peninsula – among them the luxury Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge on Chapman’s Peak. The owners did not let this devastating loss dampen their spirits, however. They went on to rebuild the lodge within only eight months. The rebuild was an opportunity to breathe new life into the property, creating an even better experience for guests.

“The fact that the community came together so willingly to help one another during the aftermath of this crisis – from messages of support and financial donations, to actual physical labour, inspired Tintswalo to commemorate the occasion with a fundraising dinner. The event would serve as a reminder of the difference that can be made collectively, and would present an opportunity to give back by raising awareness and much-needed funds for critical issues in need of support within the greater community,” says ­Goosen.

A year later to the day that the lodge burned to the ground, the Corbett family, the owners of Tintswalo Atlantic, hosted its first annual Phoenix Charity Dinner – the name being in honour of Tintswalo rising from the ashes like a phoenix. All proceeds of the inaugural charity event and auction went to the National Sea Rescue Institute, which was instrumental in helping on the day of the fires.

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