In the words of Thomas Fuller: “Charity begins at home, but should not end there”.
Now, I cannot think of a more breathtaking setting than the Cape Winelands to do your bit for charity.
The inaugural AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction will set a local philanthropic precedent as the wine industry comes together to raise funds to benefit education in the South African Winelands.
This global showcase of South African wines is committed to changing lives for the better through education, from infant development through to technological innovation, the provision of a leadership academy and tertiary educational endowments.
The Cape Wine Auction Trust has been established with a clear mandate to raise funds for education in the Winelands. Industry heavyweights Michael Jordaan, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Wendy Appelbaum and Michael Ratcliffe are the founding Trustees and will provide guidance and leadership.
Beneficiaries to date include: The Pebbles Project, whose purpose is to enrich the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds with special educational needs, especially those whose lives are affected by alcohol, through providing support and training to local wine farm and township créches and establishing after-school provision for older children living in the Winelands.
The MAD Charity (Make A Difference) was founded in 2003 by Francois Pienaar and a group of friends who truly believe in the future of South Africa and the endless potential it holds. The primary goal of MAD is to identify academically talented South African learners from less fortunate backgrounds and support their education and life skills development up until the point at which they are ready to enter the job market.
And last, but not least the Click Foundation set up as a response to the educational crisis in South Africa. Their aim is to innovate and test non-conventional, out of the box, technology-based solutions that have potential to scale and meaningfully impact education for individuals.
This glamorous 2-day affair will launch at Waterford Estate on the evening of Friday, March 14 with a ‘Barrel Tasting & Auction Preview’. The grand lunch-time Auction event is to be held at the magnificent Delaire Graff Estate on Saturday, March 15. Prominent wine aficionados from around the world hosted by South Africa’s iconic winemakers and celebrity chefs will be invited to make a serious difference when the bidding opens.
The Auction Ambassadors comprise a select group of high-profile wine industry personalities who have collectively curated the Auction lots. The lots are an astounding line-up of once-in-a-lifetime offerings, including rare wine collections as well as exclusive hand-selected local and international wine, gourmet and travel experiences.
For more information and to download the 104-page glossy catalogue, visit www.thecapewineauction.com. With only 250 tickets available, online bidding is the key to The Cape Wine Auction, creating a new high-water mark for a charitable fundraiser.
Anyone in the world is able to place online bids in the weeks leading up to the Auction and then via telephone or a live streaming video feed for live online bidding on the big day.
Happy bidding and cheers to this worthy initiative.