Greyvensteins Givers Gain aiming to raise R2 million for charity

2016-07-27 06:00
From left are IPC manager Jeanne Willemstein with Lottie de Vries and Lynette Martin handing over a cheque after a recent fundraiser for the Quest School for Autism. Photo: SUPPLIED

From left are IPC manager Jeanne Willemstein with Lottie de Vries and Lynette Martin handing over a cheque after a recent fundraiser for the Quest School for Autism. Photo: SUPPLIED

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MORE than R1,7 million has been raised for Port Elizabeth charities through the Greyvensteins Givers Gain campaign since its inception in 2013.

The campaign, an ongoing charity drive which raises money for nine NPOs (non-profit organisations) through various events, was conceptualised by Greyvensteins Attorneys, a member of the Phatshoane Henny Group, the largest association of law firms in South Africa.

A significant portion of this derives from local estate agencies, says Greyvensteins director and campaign coordinator Cor van Deventer.

“We took a decision as law firm that it was time to give back to the community and to help the less fortunate by joining hands with the real estate sector,” explains Van Deventer about the philanthropic programme, which is designed around a year of fund-raising and time spent helping to improve the lives of the less fortunate. The efforts of participating agencies are recognized at the end-of-year Greyvensteins Givers Gain Gala.

The campaign has “adopted” nine NPOs, which are shared by participating estate agencies.

Among them are:

  • Lake Farm Centre, a residential facility caring for intellectually disabled adults who live in home units and work in protective workshops;
  • Missionvale Care Centre, which provides health, educational and social care services to impoverished residents;
  • MTR Children’s Haven, an orphanage currently providing accommodation for 100 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years;
  • Quest School for Learners with Autism, the only school for learners with Autism in the Eastern Cape;
  • And the Rape Crisis Centre, which provides psychiatric, psychological support and counselling for victims of sexual and/or physical violence as well as community training;

According to Van Deventer, the Greyvensteins Givers Gain campaign is supported by over 200 individual estate agents.

Now in its fourth year, it raises funds that help pay for day-to-day running expenses, food, property and vehicle maintenance, rates and taxes, and equipment.

Events organised by Greyvensteins to promote the campaign include its well-attended monthly Property Forums, which feature celebrity guest speakers and industry specialists while simultaneously providing a platform on which to promote the campaign and keep participants up to date on its progress.

The annual Greyvensteins Potjiekos Competition, which takes place at the popular Friday night Sherwood Market, pits estate agency against agency in a friendly quest to cook up a prize-winning storm.

Other events include the Greyvensteins Relay Race around St George’s Park in April. This is followed by the Greyvensteins Amazing Race, a “fun and educational event for a good cause”.

Individually, agencies organise their own fundraising and publicity events, which take many forms. The annual Lake Farm Fun Day is the brainchild of Pam Golding Properties PE. Residents are treated to goodie bags, lunch, a laugh-a-minute softball match and an afternoon of dancing.

PGP PE is also a sponsor of the annual Lake Farm Run, and it organises product collections for the centre’s bakery in support of the Lake Farm Coffee Shop.

IPC leads the way in terms of fundraising, having collected over R300 000 for its charity, the Quest School for Autism, through golf days, wine tastings, raffles, auctions and music trivia evenings.

IPC manager Jeanne Willemstein says the money they’ve raised has contributed to the purchase of a bus and repairs to another bus that was involved in an accident, and paid for vital therapists’ kits.

Second place belongs to Remax Independent Properties, which has raised more than R200 000 for the MTR Smit Children’s Home.

Broker/owner Kobie Potgieter says, “We believe that giving starts the receiving process and it has been our experience that our agents get so much out of assisting and giving back to the community and in particular MTR.”

Funds raised by her team have contributed to the day-to-day running of the facility, she says.

“We alternate our support efforts for MTR. One year we concentrate on raising funds and the alternate year we plan and hold a fun day for the children, for example a fashion show where they keep the clothes that they modelled or a carnival day for them to enjoy. We also buy Christmas gifts for all the children,” she adds.

“Givers Gain has grown from something small to a massive campaign very quickly. We started with a goal to raise R1 million and we’re now well on track to reach R2 million in half the time,” says Van Deventer. – REPORTER


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