In celebration of the funds raised during the 2015 Slow Festival, Gary and Rene Atkinson of La Piazza hosted the Slow Fest Charity handover and Afterparty on Friday 1st May.
A good crowd of Sedge locals, visitors, organisers of the various Slow Fest 2015 events and the four charity beneficiaries gathered in eager anticipation to hear what funds had been raised through the Festival and what amounts would be donated to them.
Amanda Dixon stood proudly alongside her dynamic and passionate committee and opened the evening with a tribute to them, acknowledging their hard work and dedication and attributing the success of the festival to their incredible team work. She mentioned the special friendships that have been forged amongst them.
“Sedgefield is an amazing community and the support within our town is unique. It’s thanks to all the event organisers who had events on the Slow Festival programme this year and the fact that all these events were so well supported by locals, visitors and tourists to our town, that we were collectively able to raise the funds we did for the various charities,” said Amanda. “This year, each of our four Slow Fest 2015 beneficiaries will receive a donation of R2000.”
“All event organisers donate a minimum of 5% of their turnover to the charity pot. Some donated as much as 100%.” explained Amanda. “These funds are then divided equally amongst the 4 chosen Slow Fest beneficiaries.” Dixon explained that 4 charities are chosen annually through a strict process of requesting proposals from charities, projects or causes, sitting as a committee to evaluate each of their needs and choosing through a voting process within the committee. The 2015 Slow Festival beneficiaries were voted as; The Living Cornerstone, Slow Town Meals, Fresh Start and the Bursary fund of the NG Vrouediens.
Over and above the donation to the 4 beneficiaries, many other additional funds were raised and handed over to various other charities and initiatives.
R4035 was raised for Knysna Animal Welfare (KAWS) on the Dog Walk. Sotheby’s Slow Biking event donated 100% of their event takings to up the final donation to KAWS to R5091. The Orange Blast handed R1000 over to the Sedgefield Christian Youth Church. R1000 was handed over to NSRI Sedgefield from the funds raised on the Family Fun Trail run, Beach Dash & Sand Sculpting events.
Masithandane, who partnered with the Slow Festival in helping to organise and coordinate all to do with the Village Green this year, were the beneficiaries of all activities and stall fees there. Tertia Rothman, Masithandane projects coordinator, beamed widely when she spoke and thanked all who attended, participated and supported the Village Green. “Masithandane raised an amazing amount of R18 500! This will be used directly to purchase a container for our much-needed storage.”
Other charity monies raised were done so through the various charities having stalls and activities on the Village Green over the Festival weekend and were as follows:
* Hospice R8600
* Slow Town Meals R5575
* The Living Cornerstone R4522
* NG Kerk R3743
* Lions R19 000
So all in all, 2015’s Slow Festival was an exceptional success all round, raising an impressive collective sum of R75 031!
Plans are already starting for 2016 where the dates have been listed as 25- 27 March.