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Annual Cycling Tour
The Down Syndrome Association Western Cape is a parent driven initiative. Although the government does provide some financial aid, the organisation relies on the community, corporate donors and fundraising initiatives to provide and sustain services. The Annual Cycling tour is one of DSAWC’s main fundraising events and a huge contributor to our yearly resources.
For the last 17 years we have been the beneficiaries of the Mountain View Cycling Club (Goodwood) while they cycle annually all the way from Bellville to Mossel Bay. The tour consists out of a group of nine cyclists, two DSAWC personnel, as well as one young person with Down syndrome. We stop at various towns to create Down syndrome awareness and raise funds, by visiting schools, churches and the local business sector.
You can contribute by making a financial contribution, donating food (coffee, snacks for energy and refreshments), or sponsoring fuel for the vehicles accompanying the cyclists. This will help us to limit the tour expenses and ensure that all the money collected can be used to support our cause of serving people with Down syndrome and their families in the Western Cape.
The annual golf day is one of DSAWC’s flagship fundraising events. Supporters of the organisation take time out of their busy schedule to have fun, participate in some friendly rivalry (4 ball better ball) and interact with our members; all whilst raising funds for this worthy cause. Lots of prices to be won, mouth-watering cuisine and good company are included J
Participate by enrolling a team in the four ball better ball (best of two) challenge; make a donation; sponsor one of the holes; donate prizes or simply provide us with food/drinks for the wet holes. Section 18 A benefits can be claimed for all contributions (including registration fees). In addition the Down Syndrome Association Western Cape enjoys great support from local print; donors will subsequently be included in the press release and receive exposure in our social media posts during the event. Sponsors will also be mentioned during the awards banquet and will be allowed to display banners and other advertising materials at the sponsored holes.
The money raised with this event assist the DSAWC to continue to support, uplift, educate and empower people with Down syndrome, as well as their loved ones, especially so those coming from less privileged families.
“There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.”
– Vicki Baum
Our themed annual dance has been a hit with our community for the last 30 years.
The dance was initially started as a formal fundraising event, but evolved into so much more. Not only does it raise funds to support people with Down syndrome and similar intellectual disabilities; it also connects families of people with Down syndrome. Furthermore it creates awareness as it offers members of the community a chance to interact and socialise with our members in a relaxed and fun filled environment. .
In short it is an event where DSAWC members and people of the Western Cape community get together for a great time and raise funds for a great cause.
Garage Sale: Out with the old in with the new
But it is necessary to empty out the old to make room for the new to enter.
– Eileen Caddy
Every term the DSAWC celebrates the beginning of a new season with a garage sale at our offices in Bellville. On these fun filled days people can browse for hidden treasures or simply enjoy pancakes, boere-wors roles and some refreshments. Not only does the garage sale create much needed space, but it also provides value to articles, that have lost their purpose for previous owners, by raising funds for a worthy cause. All proceeds go towards the Down Syndrome Association Western Cape.
Throughout the year people can support this endeavor by cleaning out their closets, cupboards and garages. Anything will do – clothes, pots and pans, storage containers or old furniture – we will take it all!
We are very much looking forward to our next Garage sale in September 2017.