This festival is charity focussed, and the most rewarding element of the festival is the support it generates for our local charities. This year, the organising committee has nominated 4 charities as beneficiaries of the 2013 Slow Festival. These are Masithandane, the Knysna Sedgefield Hospice, Sedge Mobile Meals and Knysna Animal Welfare (for the Smutsville Spayathon).
This decision arose from a selection process where the potential beneficiaries were asked to submit a detailed proposal of how funds could be used as well as outline their pledged support for the Festival in various forms. All event managers and stall holders will donate a percentage of their takings to a central fund, from which the charities will receive donations for the projects they have identified.
In addition, the Beach Volleyball Tournament will have NSRI as their charity/beneficiary and the Beauty Pageant will have Lions projects as theirs.
We cannot predict the size of the donations to be made, but with the generous support of the public, and the blessing of good weather, we hope to give generously to the charities which do so much good in our community.