Foundation celebrates 30 years

2016-10-19 16:29
Ashfaak Dawood, premier Helen Zille, Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem and Nazlie Berhardien at a gala dinner held by the Mustadafin Foundation recently.

Ashfaak Dawood, premier Helen Zille, Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem and Nazlie Berhardien at a gala dinner held by the Mustadafin Foundation recently.

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Local non-profit organisation Mustadafin Foundation hosted a gala dinner at the Muizenberg Hall on Saturday 8 October to celebrate its 30th year of bringing a positive change to the province’s residents.

“It has been an incredible journey, especially when one looks back at how we started and what we are now able to do today. We believe in creating self-sufficient, self-reliant and independent citizens; we achieve this through extensive and high-calibre programmes run by our volunteers and staff,” says Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem.

Key stakeholders of the foundation, including sponsors, donors and premier Helen Zille, attended the gala dinner.

Johnstone-Cassiem acknowledged their support in a speech at the event: “Without your assistance, we would never have been able to make a difference in community members’ lives. All of us at the foundation would like to thank you for the ongoing and invaluable support over many years.”

The foundation also took the opportunity to thank four senior residents for their loyal contribution since 1986.

The evening was in celebration of what has been achieved so far, but also the foundation’s plans for the road ahead.

The event was also held to raise funds to finalise the building and repair work to its new premises in Bridgetown.

“The success of our programmes are determined by our sponsors, particularly our corporate sponsors such as Pick n Pay, Standard Bank, Nedbank, Benjamin Transport, Retro Active, AMA, Absolute Rigging and A.K. Peer,” says Johnstone-Cassiem.

The non-profit provides educational programmes, skills training, disaster and poverty relief and youth and health development programmes throughout the year.

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