Joint donations make bus dream a reality

Warm welcome for Zip Zap’s new bus.
Warm welcome for Zip Zap’s new bus.

The Rotary Club of Claremont together with other stakeholders has ended the year with a bang for the Zip Zap non-profit organisation as it helped organise donors to fund a new bus.

This was done through a partnership between the Rotary Club and St Luke’s Combined Hospice, the Harry Crossley Foundation, and Jane and Peter Franzen from Germany­.

According to Brent van Rensburg, the co-founder of Zip Zap, they have been struggling with transporting their beneficiaries for months now as their vehicles would often break down.

Their beneficiaries include the children of St Luke’s Hospice between the ages of seven and 19 years.

The majority of the children come from disadvantaged areas including Khayelitsha and other townships.

The beneficiaries attend Zip Zap’s Dare to Dream programmes on a weekly basis and Zip Zap provides free transport to and from the programmes.

According to a statement, Zip Zap’s programmes help protect children against social ills, such as drug abuse.

The donation was made possible with the help of St Luke’s CEO, Ronita Mahilall, who is also a Rotarian.

For the past year she has been organising the funding for the bus, and it finally became a reality when the 22-seater bus was purchased at a cost of R720 000.

“Zip Zap is an example of a largely self-sustaining organisation that is being proactive and innovative in generating multiple income streams to keep its projects running,” says Mahilall.

Tania Majavie, sustainability manager at Zip Zap, explains that Zip Zap provides a place for the children to feel safe and “part of something, part of a family. They learn discipline and gain self-confidence, as well as social skills. It opens their eyes to the possibilities, even the possibility of becoming superstars or technicians or riggers.”

She says Zip Zap relies on a mix of funding opportunities, including donations, fundraising events, corporate sponsors, government grant makers, local foundations, and local NGOs.

Beneficiaries, who cannot be named, say the new bus is safe, spacious and neat, allowing many passengers to travel at the same time.

The Rotary Club of Claremont together with other stakeholders has ended the year with a bang for the Zip Zap non-profit organisation as it helped organise donors to fund a new bus.

This was done through a partnership between the Rotary Club and St Luke’s Combined Hospice, the Harry Crossley Foundation, and Jane and Peter Franzen from Germany­.

According to Brent van Rensburg, the co-founder of Zip Zap, they have been struggling with transporting their beneficiaries for months now as their vehicles would often break down.

Their beneficiaries include the children of St Luke’s Hospice between the ages of seven and 19.The majority of the children come from disadvantaged areas including Khayelitsha and other townships.

The beneficiaries attend Zip Zap’s Dare to Dream programmes on a weekly basis and Zip Zap provides free transport to and from the programmes.

According to a statement, Zip Zap’s programmes help protect children against social ills, such as drug abuse.

The donation was made possible with the help of St Luke’s CEO, Ronita Mahilall, who is also a Rotarian. For the past year she has been organising the funding for the bus, and it finally became a reality when the 22-seater bus was purchased at a cost of R720 000.

“Zip Zap is an example of a largely self-sustaining organisation that is being proactive and innovative in generating multiple income streams to keep its projects running,” says Mahilall.

The Rotary Club of Claremont together with other stakeholders has ended the year with a bang for the Zip Zap non-profit organisation as it helped organise donors to fund a new bus.

This was done through a partnership between the Rotary Club and St Luke’s Combined Hospice, the Harry Crossley Foundation, and Jane and Peter Franzen from Germany­.

According to Brent van Rensburg, the co-founder of Zip Zap, they have been struggling with transporting their beneficiaries for months now as their vehicles would often break down.

Their beneficiaries include the children of St Luke’s Hospice between the ages of seven and 19 years.

The majority of the children come from disadvantaged areas including Khayelitsha and other townships.

The beneficiaries attend Zip Zap’s Dare to Dream programmes on a weekly basis and Zip Zap provides free transport to and from the programmes.

According to a statement, Zip Zap’s programmes help protect children against social ills, such as drug abuse.

The donation was made possible with the help of St Luke’s CEO, Ronita Mahilall, who is also a Rotarian. For the past year she has been organising the funding for the bus, and it finally became a reality when the 22-seater bus was purchased at a cost of R720 000.

“Zip Zap is an example of a largely self-sustaining organisation that is being proactive and innovative in generating multiple income streams to keep its projects running,” says Mahilall.

Tania Majavie, sustainability manager at Zip Zap, explains that Zip Zap provides a place for the children to feel safe and “part of something, part of a family. They learn discipline and gain self-confidence, as well as social skills. It opens their eyes to the possibilities, even the possibility of becoming superstars or technicians or riggers.”

She says Zip Zap relies on a mix of funding opportunities, including donations, fundraising events, corporate sponsors, government grant makers, local foundations, and local NGOs.

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