Share a cup for a cause at high tea

2019-04-23 06:00

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Less than 50 tickets remain for an event that promises to be a morning of fun, entertainment and great company at the second annual Perfectly Posh High Tea, presented by People’s Post and Spec-Savers.

The event will take place at the Vineyard Hotel on Thursday 2 May in support of The LifeMatters Foundation and Chic Mamas Do Care.

Mel Jones, MC for the event, says she looks forward to bringing smiles, laughs and a great atmosphere to the event.

“I am passionate about women and working with women. Women give so much and often put themselves last, thinking of making everyone happy first,” says Jones.

“To me, living your best life is not waking up hugely successful with a yacht. That would be amazing, but I am living my best life in Mitchell’s Plain with no yacht. It is a constant journey and you need to be the best version of yourself, being your authentic self.”

Jones will share the stage with keynote speakers Verity Price and Annalize Sainsbury. Price says getting over her fear of public speaking through her music is part of what she shares with people in her motivational talks. This, coupled with her very successful ahead of the curve crowdfunding initiative adds to her success.

“I asked people to go onto my website and buy my album before I recorded it. Eventually, I sold 2 000 copies of nothing in 25 countries. I raised R300 000, donated 10% to charity, 5% to People Opposing Women Abuse and 5% went to other musicians to help them to start their careers,” says Price. “It was very unusual at the time because it was before ‘crowdfunding’ was a word and before social media. It went viral in many senses because I don’t know how people were hearing about me. It took a few years but it worked and I became one of the world’s first crowd funders. People were interested in the forward-thinking approach,” she says.

Funds raised from the event will be in aid of The LifeMatters Foundation.

The foundation was established in 2002 by Meadowridge Baptist Church (now Connect Church) to counsel children of the southern suburbs, but it has expanded to cover more areas since then. “When LMF started, we focused on offering counselling support only but it wasn’t enough. We realised that we wanted to provide more holistic support that would address psychosocial and academic needs so that children could overcome challenges and stay in school,” says Alneré Turck, executive director at LMF.

The foundation offers an Academic Portfolio in which Grade 2 and 3 learners are tutored in numeracy and literacy, and a Lifeskills Portfolio which offers the children a place to seek counselling and form part of advantageous social groups.

Another beneficiary is Chic Mamas Do Care, a non-profit volunteer-based organisation which sells pre-loved clothing donated by residents and has already raised and donated more than R6m to charitable causes. “We founded the organisation in 2010 and in the first year, we started in my home. At that time it was an exclusive, private fashion exchange party. We then grew out of my home and moved to a store in Plumstead. We still visited Tokai library where we also held a regular, once-a-month half-priced sale,” says founder Abigel Sheridan.

The initiative has now spread to several other parts of the country, with two stores in Cape Town. Last financial year, the Wynberg store donated R1m to charitable causes.

Women attending the event are in for a treat as an ad-hoc fashion show will be put together by the Chic Mama’s in-house stylist.

V The Perfectly Posh High Tea, presented by People’s Post and Spec-Savers in support of The LifeMatters Foundation (LMF) and Chic Mamas Do Care, takes place on the morning of Thursday 2 May at the Vineyard Hotel. The theme of this year’s event is “Live your best life” and will feature local comedian Mel Jones as MC; Women’s Health deputy editor, Wanita Nicol; former singer/songwriter now sought-after keynote speaker, Verity Price; and Annalize Sainsbury who lasted 38 days, finishing in third place, on Survivor South Africa: Philippines. Tickets are available from Webtickets at R350. A portion of the ticket sales will fund much-needed educational items used in LMF’s numeracy programmes. Each lady attending the Perfectly Posh High Tea is encouraged to bring an item (or few) of “pre-loved” clothing to help stock the Chic Mamas boutiques. Plenty of prizes will be up for grabs, including vouchers, spa days and hampers by Spec-Savers, SSISA, Cosmetix, The Healing Room, The Duchess, FitChef, Chic Mamas, Verity Price, Ruff Tung, African Extracts. Vida E Caffè, Spec-Savers Cavendish/Canal Walk and more. Each guest will also receive a goodie bag filled with products, samples and vouchers from our sponsors.

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