year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 65

The volunteers fed underprivileged
children in Manenberg; conducted a
winter-warmth drive in Manenberg,
Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and
Kensington; and handed 100 blankets
to migrant women at the Scalabrini
Centre, and 82 to the Ikamva Labantu
Charitable Trust.
In October a graduation
ceremony recognised learners
who had completed the Saturday
School Programme, an educational
intervention that engages with
more than 200 matric learners
from 42 schools in Cape Town’s
disadvantaged communities. The
programme, started in 2008, aims to
boost learners’ academic skills, along
with their self-confidence,
in preparation for tertiary studies.
SHAWCO launched its Blou
Maandag (Blue Monday) campaign
the same month, with giant
blue inflatable SHAWCO hearts
being driven around Cape Town,
Johannesburg and Durban. They
called for people to wear blue every
Monday to raise awareness about
their activities, but also to see them
become more socially conscious.
When a devastating fire in
Khayelithsa on 20 October left
around 4 000 people homeless,
SHAWCO stepped in, supplying
clothing, shoes, blankets, stationery
and food to those in need. Just
weeks later, on 9 November, they
again responded when more than
800 people were left homeless in a
second fire in Overcome Heights, in
Capricorn Park.
the Western Cape’s most needy and
underserved communities to provide
essential services.
An exhibition at the South African
Jewish Museum in July, titled
Touching Lives: The SHAWCO Story,
showcased SHAWCO’s work over
the decades, including personal
stories and a display of artefacts and
“I don’t think there’s anything else
quite like SHAWCO. I don’t think there
is anything out there that has the
scope, the extent and the joy that it
brings to so many people on so many
different levels,” former director Gavin
Joachims said at the time.
On Mandela Day SHAWCO went out
into communities to honour Madiba’s
example of “paying it forward”.


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