31 Club supports local community

2018-07-03 06:00
PHOTO: supplied31 Club Charity KZN members at a recent fundraiser.

PHOTO: supplied31 Club Charity KZN members at a recent fundraiser.

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THE 31 Club Charity KZN was established in 1962 by Norma Rattray with the aim to raise money for charities in KwaZulu Natal.

31 Club spokesperson Katie Niemann said any registered charity or non-profit organisation may approach the 31 Club for funding. A copy of their annual financial statements, chairman’s report and letter of appeal for a specific project is required before allocation is considered.

“The charities are monitored with regular visits and by attending their AGM’s to ensure that all donated funds are spent as per their appeal. For companies that would like to contribute, but are not sure which charity to choose, the 31 Club offers the ideal vehicle as we donate to over 50 charities in the KZN area, covering a broad spectrum of needs. The 31 Club members work in an entirely voluntary capacity, and this means that all funds raised are distributed to these charities,” she said.

“We have supported many charities in the Highway area including Kloof SPCA, Hillcrest Advice Bureau and Bursary Fund, The Neema Foundation, The Yes Trust, Intongela Primary School, Highway Hospice, Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust, SARDA and the Open Door Crisis Centre.”

She added that the most important aspect of the charity organisation is that ‘no cash’ is handed to any charities; rather they establish what each charity requires and then purchase the items, deliver them and check on the charities on an on-going basis.

“The way we raise funds is to hold various high-end functions during the course of the year. Almost all the catering and décor for all our fundraising functions is done by the members of the club, with different themes each time. Great attention is given to detail and presentation, making our functions well worth attending.

She said the club runs various initiatives, other than funding fairly large projects, for its charities.

“Our outreach initiatives are very well supported by the community. We are currently running a Restoring Dignity Campaign whereby we collect toiletries, put them in a bag and deliver to various old age homes, children’s homes or centres for critically ill patients around Durban.

“We are always looking for energetic volunteers, however being a member is quite a commitment with us having fortnightly meetings, planning events and visiting our various charities.”

“With the needs being so great, we encourage corporate companies to donate to 31 Club as part of their social responsibility. 31 Club is a section 18A-approved organisation and we are therefore able to issue an 18A receipt for any donation received.” said Niemann.

31 Club KZN will be hosting it’s annual Bridge Drive at Mt Edgecombe Country Club on Tuesday, August 7, and would like community members to support this event.

For more information and bookings contact Pam Alexander portland@iafrica.co.za or on 082 457 8554. for more information on the 31 Club Charity KZN e-mail pro@31club.co.za

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