Charity News

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Last summer, over 10 groups took time out from their sporting schedule to visit worthy causes as part of their itinerary. Here are just 2 of the projects Edwin Doran Sports Tours supports. Goedgedacht Trust (pronounced Hood-ger-dat) Set on an old Cape Dutch farm, this busy community development centre tackles poverty amongst rural children and youths. Many of the children’s parents have fallen foul of the ‘dop system’ on the wine farms of the Western Cape, whereby workers are given alcohol as a ‘benefit’ of employment. Over 360 Edwin Doran customers took a visit to the Farm this summer to spend time with the Goedgedacht children and undertake sports coaching, with one school group also building a play area whilst they were there, using money they had fundraised prior to the trip. On top of this, Edwin Doran staff, led by South Africa Senior Tour Operator Beth Aston, visited the Trust and delivered musical instruments to the children. Baphumelele Children’s Home, Khayelitsha Township Reeds Weybridge RFC led the way this summer, by re-visiting the charity they set up 5 years ago in Khayelitsha. ‘Money for Milk’ was created after the group had made a moving visit to Baphumelele Children’s Home. The home cares for around 150 abandoned, abused, neglected and orphaned children from babies to aged 18, many infected with HIV. The group made an impromptu collection, which would help pay that month’s milk bill of around £1,000. The visit left a lasting impression on the boys and adults and resulted in the creation of Money for Milk, which has since raised £17,900 for Baphumelele Children’s Home, improving children’s nutrition. 2014 saw the group return to the Home to continue their fundraising efforts. Kent College also visited Baphumelele to donate money alongside colouring books, pens and old sports kit. Edwin Doran are committed to supporting projects around the world, and encourage all our groups to support charitable causes in the destinations they visit and give something back to the local communities.