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An Autumn Affair: Waterford x VWL Lunch For Literacy 2024

 A Celebration of Compassion and Community


As we catch our breath after the whirlwind of emotions and joy that was our Lunch for Literacy at the beautiful Waterford Estate, we can’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude. What a fabulous and inspiring day it was.

 

190 beautiful guests, dressed in their Autumn colours, arrived with big smiles and even bigger bags full of gently-worn clothing to be donated to Vintage with Love. They were welcomed with a delicious harvest table by the renowned dining experience from SALT, and a cold glass of bubbles from Waterford. We mingled and chatted under the golden-hued trees enjoying Sunday Kelechi's incredible talent on the Cello, before heading to our seats for lunch and a show.


The day started with HeartFM dedicating their entire morning broadcast to our cause. Their incredible support amplified our message, inspiring listeners to join us in making a meaningful impact. We're deeply grateful for their partnership in our mission for positive change in South Africa.


Waterford Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

The highlight of the event was undoubtedly the captivating fashion show by local brands Habits and Ruff Tung, showcasing their latest collections. Models strutted the runway in both new and secondhand VWL outfits, demonstrating the beauty of breathing new life into preloved items.


Yet, the essence of these events goes far beyond the glamour and culinary delights. It’s a celebration of compassion and community and a chance to raise awareness for the cause closest to our hearts: improving education and literacy levels in South Africa.


We were privileged to hear from Pier Myburgh from Realema which is one of our recipient charities. Pier reminded us how desperate the situation in South Africa is at the moment and how much change is needed. Our literacy levels are shockingly low with more than 80% of Grade 4 learners unable to read for meaning. In addition, 80% of Grade 6 students are taught by teachers who cannot do Grade 6 maths. These shocking realities reinforce the importance of our vision and commitment to transforming South African lives through education.



As we sat under the sun, we reflected once again on the army that it takes to make a collective difference. We are reminded time and time again and are beyond grateful for the endless generosity of our community and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks.


Olwethu Nodada, HeartFM Presentor

To our amazing guests, thank you for believing in our cause and for your invaluable contributions. Your support enables us to create lasting change, extending far beyond this event.


To our generous sponsors, your belief in our vision amplifies the impact of our initiatives, and we are immensely grateful for your partnership and dedication to making a difference.


To Waterford Wine Estate, thank you for providing the perfect backdrop for our event and for your unwavering support throughout the day.


And to the dedicated organizers behind the scenes, your tireless efforts made this day possible. Thank you.


Thank you Nicky Elliot, for these gorgeous pics.



In the words of Tracey van Gass on the day; "Together, we are transforming lives by providing access to education and literacy; by offering opportunities where there were once none, and by igniting hope in the hearts of the youth of South Africa. Through your various contributions, you are creating profound change, lighting up futures, and empowering individuals who might otherwise might have been left in the shadows. " These words speak volumes for what we are achieving together.


Thank you for being apart of our journey in making a difference. 'Till next year, Stellenbosch!


With love and Gratitude,

The VWL Team






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What an absolutely splendid afternoon, not only for the generosity of the ladies' donations but for the sharing of like minded woman wanting to make a difference in our beautiful country.

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