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A percentage of the proceeds of the 2018 event were donated to the Roedean Academy, The Link Literacy Project, 1st Things 1st and Gardens of the Golden City. All unsold books were donated to Animals in Distress.
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Changing Lives through Education

The Roedean Academy is an initiative spearheaded by Roedean School (SA) that aims to provide additional tuition for Scholars from under-resourced schools.

The Roedean Academy have established a world class training environment which is sustainable and is having a significant influence on South Africa’s English, Mathematics, Physical Science and Accounting education for girls from under resourced communities. They have partnered with the neighbouring Barnato Park High School and Masibambane College in Orange Farm. The academy has a total of 100 girls.

Launched in 2009, this is a life changing programme and the success of the academy has been encouraging. Three of the Academy’s past students have been awarded full bursaries for tertiary education. Other girls have gone on to study Education with the view to becoming teachers. These girls have been able to use the platform of the Academy to launch the start of successful careers.

The Academy changes lives; each pupil receives individual care and attention, and if the resulting development is difficult to measure adequately, it is very inspiring to witness.

Linking Community & Literacy

The Link @ Yeoville commenced in May 2010 under the guidance of Margi Bashall and is one of 9 Link Centres operating in schools in the Johannesburg area.

The primary objective of The Link @ Yeoville is to support the development of Literacy and Maths, particularly amongst Grade 2 children. Yeoville Community School is a very under-resourced government school consisting of approximately 1000 children from the impoverished Yeoville and Berea areas. Pupils attending our programme are identified through the use of benchmark testing, both prior to and during the programme, to evaluate their progress, identify problems and further improve the Literacy and Maths programs’ intervention.

Approximately 60 children attend the Literacy Centre once or twice a week. These children are assisted by a group of approximately 48 volunteers. Volunteers are integral to the Literacy programme as they assist children on a one-to-one basis.

If our volunteers come from all walks of life, they believe in South Africa’s future and are willing to help make a difference in education.

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Enriching young minds

The vision of 1st Things 1st is to enrich young minds, enabling future success by preparing learners for high school, and in particular, Matric and tertiary education. Their mission is to provide an integrated student enrichment programme in a safe, uplifting, challenging, disciplined and fun environment, calling for excellence in everyone.

1st Things 1st enhances Mathematics, Literacy, Science, Technology, Art, Drama, Music and Sports.  It believes in developing well-rounded, high-performing children that can express themselves, are responsive and can adapt to any situation.

1st Things 1st also offers life coaching and entrepreneurship training because they believe that these skills are needed to fully enable the children’s future success beyond the Matric certificate. 1st Things 1st believe that children need an environment where their individual needs can be met and where they feel appreciated and celebrated.

Classes are fully supervised and guided by a strong and caring leadership team, and are held after school, on Saturdays, and during the school holidays while the parents are at work.

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