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Welcome to the Team!



JUL
07
2016
 
A very warm welcome to the newest member of the Sisanda FunDaytion team - Busiswa Ndlanlankulu! We look forward to having her on board to bring new inspiration, skills and experience...opportunities await!


Sisanda is Hiring!



APR
29
2016
Sisanda Fundaytion is looking to hire an energetic and dynamic individual on a part-time basis to manage and co-ordinate the Circle's Programme as well as attend to other organisational tasks.

Circles Programme Manager:
The Circle's programme is designed to encourage volunteers who have a skill, passion or idea to create a workshop over a specified time period, in which they will provide ongoing and progressive skills training to various beneficiaries. As the Circle's Programme Manager, your roles and responsibilities would include:
  • Planning, researching, managing and co-ordinating all activities and stakeholders related to the programme (which includes up to 12 Circles per year)
  • Site Visits to the designated venue before the Circle
  • Sourcing programme-related funding and other sponsorships
  • Managing programme-related donor relationships
  • Managing and co-ordinating programme volunteers and activity leaders
  • Managing and co-ordinating new and existing beneficiaries of the programme
  • Attending to programme-related finance tasks and issuing invoices
  • Attending to programme-related marketing (social media, website)
  • Attending to programme-related monitoring and evaluation
  • Shopping for the programme events (food, drinks, activities)
Within the broader organisation, there are other non-related programme activities that would fall within your scope. These include:
  • Sourcing additional funding for the organisation to support operational costs
  • Managing and reporting to donors of the organisation
  • As and when required, attending other Sisanda programme events
  • Supporting general office administration
  • Arranging and supporting non-programme specific events e.g. Cape Town Cycle Tour Charity Ride
  • Attending weekly team meetings and other meetings with the Board as and when is necessary
Monthly hours: 80 hours (20 per week)
Salary: R7560 (R7248.60 after Tax)

If you would like to apply for the above position, please e-mail your CV to info@sisanda.org.za by Friday, 20 May 2016.


2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour Success!



MAR
07
2016
On Sunday, the 6 March, 29 brave souls saddled up to take part in the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour on behalf of the Sisanda Fundaytion. It was a beautiful day out with perfect weather conditions and a lot of great energy and support along the route. 

Not only did our riders take to the streets to pedal their way to the finish but they also fundraised for our organisation, enabling us to enrich each of our programmes. Thank you to each and every rider for being a part of making a difference, one pedal at a time!



2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour Team



SEP
07
2015
How to be part of Sisanda FunDaytion’s 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour Team?

Ride with support, ride to support. We have limited spaces left in our vibrant team!   

Join our team directly from this link: 
https://online.entries.co.za/entries/jointeam.aspx?eid=3513&group=c4c519c6-2aab-4a02-b6f8-ecd44b9759b3

Want to make a difference and ride for a charity?  We have two options to join our team :
the All-in-One option or
the Fundraising option?

The All-in-One Option
This option allows you to make a once off payment of R2000 at the time of your Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour registration. This provides you with your entry, your 2016 Sisanda Team cycling shirt, as well as your donation to our charity in one easy step. We are sure that this will appeal to many riders out there so we have purchased 30 guaranteed entries!

Fundraising Option
Pay R800 to register with us as an active Sisanda ambassador and set a target of R2000 on your very own GivenGain fundraising profile. In the past this target has easily been surpassed. 
Both options include:
  • Participating in the world’s most scenic cycle tour race!
  • Looking great in your Sisanda FunDaytion team kit.
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference- helping spread the word   about our amazing programs and raising funds- all whilst enjoying yourself and being part of a supportive team!
  • Team activities- Morning, evening and weekend rides; group spinning sessions; team socials; raffle prizes; race prizes.
  • Goodie bag
  • Meeting new people 
For more information email Nikki at: nikki.matthews@sisanda.org.za

We look forward to having you on our team!



Welcome Leandra



JUN
02
2015
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Leandra Mendes to the Sisanda Team. Leandra has recently moved to Cape Town from Johannesburg.  As a counselling psychologist she specialised in infant mental health.  Her passion lies in community work and she is excited to take on this challenge as our new Fun Day Programme-Coordinator. Welcome to the team, Leandra!


Zip Zap Circus 2015



APR
18
2015


Buy the perfect gift...



DEC
09
2014

 
To receive your voucher, kindly email which voucher/s you have selected along with confirmation of payment to info@sisanda.org.za.  



Cape Town Cycle Tour Team



NOV
18
2014
 
We have limited spaces available in our team.  For more information on how to secure your place, please contact Leesa.flory@sisanda.org.za


Mandela Day Fun Day Campaign



JUL
18
2014
Today is Mandela Day and it is a special reminder to South Africa that we all have the power to make a difference.  In our own small way, we try to make a difference to the mindset of children.  We believe that if we can introduce them to new things, provide them with happier experiences and teach them what it is to be a child, even if just for a day, we can make a difference.  We may not influence every child but after five years, we have seen the impact we have made on many and it is these impacts that motivate us to try harder and do more.

We have been approached by many people over the past few days who have told us they would love to do their 67 minutes for Mandela Day, but they just do not have the time. If this is you, how do you then make a difference? Many organisations will tell you just to donate to them and be done with it.

Although we are an organisation who relies heavily on volunteers we realise that so many of you really do not have the time but are reluctant to make a donation when you do not know what the funds are being used for. We therefore would like to make the following appeal :

If you do not have time and would like to make a difference, please consider setting up a standing bank order and donating R67 a month to Sisanda FunDaytion towards our "Fun Day" Programme.  Send us an email advising you have joined the campaign and we will send you monthly photographs and feedback from the children, of the impact your funds have made after each Fun Day. We will also send you details of each Fun Day, prior to the day so should you wish to attend, the option is available to you.  If you have a company, please feel free to make payments in the company name and we will issue you with a tax exemption certificate.   

Our ultimate goal is to extend the programme to two Fun Day's per month so as to broaden our reach, so if you like what we do and you don't have the time to give yourself, please consider giving to this campaign. (Please click on the "Donate" link above for our bank details.)




Improv Circle Show



JUL
07
2014
We were so proud of Jason Delplanque and the impact his Improv Circle had on a group of teens from Lawrence House that we asked them to showcase what they had learned at a small event for some special guests. The event was held at Woodstock's fabulous new restaurant, The Local Grill. Expresso Morning show captured the magic and aired a segment on Monday 7th July.  For those of you who missed it we've attached the link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhQFeeVkOM4&list=UU1jccu8pW8ELd5n4eXAKFKw


Zip Zap Circus



JUN
21
2014
 


New Team Member



JUN
03
2014
After receiving an overwhelming response of applications for this position, we are happy to welcome Cath Biggs as our new Fun Day Programme Co-ordinator.  Congratulations Cath. 




Corefit Pilates Circle - Expresso Show



MAY
13
2014
We're incredibly proud of Anja, Robyn (and her Core Fit Team) and of course the young ladies from The Salesian Institute.  This great segment recently aired on the Expresso Morning Show. 


Corefit Pilates Circle @ Expresso Show!



MAY
12
2014
How fabulously exciting! Our Corefit Pilates Circle Group was filmed during their weekly session on 05.05.2014 by SABC 3's Expresso Camera Crew. The recording will be aired during the Expresso Show this coming Monday, 12th May 2014. Early risers and all Sisanda Supporters, please WATCH!
Salesian Girls and Robyn - we will be watching! 




Golf Day



APR
17
2014
With our first Golf Day done and dusted, we couldn't have asked for a better day.  Great weather, amazing people and overall, a wonderful day. A huge congratulations to the winners; Dominic Bright, Robin Lewis, Kyle Bedingfield and Rudi Scholtz. 




Varsity College Cowboy/Cowgirl Party



APR
08
2014
We were overjoyed when Varsity College’s student volunteer body contacted us and advised that they could arrange a fantastic day for some of the children from the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation.    They arranged a ‘cowboy/cowgirl’ party at Sundowne Recreational Farm in Melkbos which the children LOVED!  We look forward to partnering with them in the future as through these collaborations we can obviously make a far greater impact.

Media Release

8 April 2014



Varsity College Cowboy /Cowgirl party

14 boys and girls from the Desmond Tutu Centre situated in Gugulethu, recently attended a ‘Cowboy/Cowgirl party’ at Sundowne Recreational farm in Melkbos. The event was hosted by Varsity College’s student volunteer body  VC Cares .

The day started with the VC Cares committee members each pairing up with a child ,whom they dressed up in cowboy hats and bandannas to suit the theme. Upon arrival at the farm, the children were given the opportunity to groom- , pet and feed the farm pets ‘Donkey ‘ and ‘Goblin’ , - a donkey and pony duo.

The highlight of the day was each child testing their bravery-, as they were given the opportunity to ride a horse on a short ‘outride’. All 14 children conquered their fears and showed their courage by choosing to ride. Thus proving their true cowboy colors! Said Alice Greyvensten, VC Cares member ‘The day was a special one for all those involved. It is such a fulfilling experience to help the children face their fears and then to realize just how brave they actually are.’

Goodie bags, including a framed photo of each child on a horse and certificates of bravery were awarded to the children at the end of the event. This gift commemorated the day, as well as commended them on their bravery in becoming an ‘official cowboy or cowgirl.’

Note to the editor: Varsity College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (IIE) (Pty) Ltd, which is registered with the Department of Education and Training as a private further and higher education and training institution under the Further Education and Training Colleges Act, 2006 (reg. no. 2009/FE07/003, prov. to 31/12/2014) and the Higher Education Act, 1997 (reg. no. 2007/HE07/002A). The IIE is a wholly owned subsidiary of ADvTECH (PTY) limited.

ENDS


Issued by PR Intern :Lindsay Balfour              Contact Principal: Alan Bird

Tel:   (021)  6855921                   Campus: Cape Town           

Cell: 0825737900                               Tel: 0216855021



Join us for our Inaugural Golf Day on the 17th of March



MAR
13
2014
 


We are turning 5!



JAN
23
2014
Get in touch with us on info@sisanda.org.za should you want to make a birthday donation.


Support us in raising R70 000 on our Inaugural Argus Cycle Tour Charity Ride



JAN
14
2014
As we're about to take part in our inaugural Argus Cycle Tour Charity Ride on the 9th of March, we have set ourselves the goal of raising R70 000. We have an amazing team that is riding for our group and they have undertaken to help us meet our goal with the understanding that all funds raised will go towards ensuring that our educational, empowering and recreational programmes continue and impact more of South Africa’s underprivileged children and Youth. We would like to appeal to you, your family and friends to help us in reaching the target of R70 000 by donating what you can on Given Gain. Support our project called the "The Argus Cycle Tour 2014 Charity Ride" by following this link: http://www.givengain.com/cause/4213/projects/  






Here's to a FANTASTIC 2014!



JAN
13
2014
Welcome to the New Year everyone! We might be 2 weeks into 2014, but we'd still like to grab the opportunity to wish you everything of the best for the year ahead and an abundance thereof. 

This year, we turn 5 years -a great milestone for Sisanda FunDaytion and we hope that you'll celebrate this together with us. Thank you for all your support and involvement during the previous years, we look forward to another amazing year together with you. Here's to a Fantastic 2014!  

 


Welcome to the world baby Annabel!



NOV
27
2013
On Monday the 25th, we welcomed baby Annabel our newest and youngest addition to the Sisanda FunDaytion Family. This precious baby girl is the daughter of Sisanda FunDaytion's Co-Founder and Trustee Melissa Wallace. Welcome to the world Annabel and enjoy motherhood Mommy Melissa  Lots of love from us all here at Sisanda




International Children's Day



NOV
20
2013
Today as much as on other days, we think of all the precious little gems (children) in the World and we're reminded to treat them with special care and to respect their rights. To remind ourselves of these rights, take a look at section 28 of the Bill of Rights, entitled "Children". 



Fundraiser Quiz Night



OCT
28
2013
What a Night! The fundraiser Quiz Night on the 23rd of October was a great success -thanks to everyone who attended and brought their fun spirit along...YOU all made the evening such amazing fun! We'd like to thank our amazing Quiz Night Sponsors for the awesome prizes: Spur Steak Ranches, CORE FIT Pilates, Indigo Brands, Suikerbossie Restaurant, NoMU Brands, Ratanga Junction, Haut Espoir, Butler's Pizza, Lewis Group and Gill Thompson.  Also, a GREAT thank you to our Sponsors for Artwork: Suzanne von Klemperer, Kate Jones of 'What Kate Did', Ihsaan Dawray, Jamian Heesom-Baron and Gill Alderman.

We thank our amazing hosts, The Clubhouse in Constantia and their staff for hosting us so beautifully last night. Also, a very big THANK YOU to the Quiz Master Hugh Crichton-Stuart and his assistant for a well-organised quiz. Not forgetting the providers of fun entertainment "The Long Shots" Improvised Comedy Troupe for lighting up the mood and breaking the ice at the beginning of the evening. 

Here's some of the beautiful feedback we received: "I just wanted to thank you for a great evening and well done to you and your team", "Well done on an amazing evening!" and "A fun filled event and a good time was had by all". We're glad that this event was a great success and also that we were able to create a fun environment for everyone.

Not only was it fun, but it was Fun for a Cause because our much loved guests helped us raise just over R 13,000 which will go towards funding for all 3 of our wonderful programmes. Thank you to all who attended! We look forward to seeing you at the next event...watch this space!

From the Sisanda Team, Siyabulela (we thank you). 


High 5 to the Big 5! Photos



OCT
16
2013
As those of you who were on the High 5 to the Big 5! Fun Day will know, the day was lovely and filled with amazing first-time experiences. Thank you all for patiently waiting for us to upload the photos. We've been experiencing some technical problems and we're busy sorting through this. In the meantime you can view the photos on our Sisanda FunDaytion Facebook Page by clicking here



A Social Media Session at Spur Corporation



OCT
14
2013
Social Media has become one of the most quick and convenient ways for organisations to communicate with its stakeholders and provide them with feedback on activities. For this reason and more, Sisanda FunDaytion has decided to have a dedicated person working on maximising its output on social media and the quality thereof. Without any training for this role, posts made might not be as efficient as can be. Thus we have Spur, one of our core sponsors, to thank for being so supportive of our new goal that they connect us with their Social Media & Marketing genius Ryan Harworth.

The session was such a thrill as we learned about all the creative ways in which we could drive content that speaks to each one of our stakeholders. Keep an eye on all the latest developments on our social media portals and let us know how we're doing. 


Our Arts & Crafts Donation from Spur



SEP
30
2013
The amazing team at Spur have donated some awesome leather and wood off-cuts and for our Sisanda Connect Programme. These will go a long way in ensuring that we develop Arts & Crafts skills in our kids and also that there is sticky and creative fun to be had between the kids and the teen volunteers :-D Thank you to Zbys, at Spur, for putting these together for us, we really appreciate it. 



A BIG thanks to the Patels for the Spring-time Cake donation



SEP
16
2013
The children at the Miracle Kids Safe House in Westlake will be enjoying a Spring inspired Ladybug cake today! This is a special surprise for them as they are currently learning about the season of Spring this week. Thanks to the Patel Family for this sweet gesture which has added some joy to these children's day.


Book your seat for Quiz Night



SEP
16
2013
 


Appreciation from Sozo Fundation



SEP
12
2013
Arlene Bock, Educare Center Project Manager & Social Worker at Sozo Foundation, had this to say about the Wonderful Women's Fun Day: "Thank you for allowing the girls this amazing opportunity to not only have fun but also to be encouraged and inspired through women who imparted wisdom and guidance! Such a beautiful principle and example of young and old coming together! Absolutely love it! Thank you for the photo and the tree is stunning, such a beautiful idea!"

We're glad that the Fun Day's impact was felt all-round :-) 


Sisanda FunDaytion's New Recruits



AUG
21
2013
We welcome 2 amazing ladies to our Sisanda Family this month. Paula Youens, who has been a long-time volunteer, is now a member of our Board and Jill Thewlis, our new Operations Manager. We're excited by their new ideas and look forward to strengthening our organisation together.


Help us continue to make a difference



AUG
07
2013
How we love to provide Cape Town’s disadvantaged children with the opportunity to explore the City’s amazing places of beauty whilst at the same time seeing magical moments bloom between the volunteers and children. We need your help to ensure this still happens this year. First up is our continued celebration of Mandela’s life with 67 girls being pampered in August on our Wonderful Women’s Fun Day and then 67 boys being energized in September on our Sporty Spring Fun Day. Each Fun Day outing costs between R150 and R350 per child. For now, a R200 donation will help a kid enjoy a fun and memorable day in August or September. Should you know of a corporate that would be keen to fund/part-fund one or both Fun Days, we would love to hear from you about any and all possibilities. 




New Website Launch



JUL
30
2013
Our brilliant website designer has put together a pretty neat looking website -great interface and user functionality. Now that it's near completion, we'd like to try it out and test whether it works as well as we're hoping it will. So, if quite a couple of things do not work on your side please know that we're working very hard to fix this.   


Operational Manager Vacancy



JUL
25
2013
We're growing! In managing that growth, we have created a position for an Operational Manager. Whilst the applications are now closed, we look forward to introducing our new recruit very soon.


Getting word out with our brochures and leaflets



JUL
17
2013

In
June we got our funky looking brochures and leaflets which were
designed for us by 2 amazing graphic designers, Lindsay Campbell and Monique
Cleghorn. We’re looking to distribute these to Friends of Sisanda FunDaytion who’ve
got corporate connections that would be interested in using our services for
their CSI and/or team-building initiatives. 



Show your Sisanda love by wearing one of our new armbands



JUL
17
2013
Represent
us in your social circles whilst helping us fund-raise when you purchase one of our
colourful armbands for R20 at the next Sisanda event. As you can see from the photo, this will be a fun way of remembering
what a difference day makes.

 



It’s Carnival Time!



JUL
17
2013
We held our first HUGE Carnival at St Joseph’s Home for 130 of their children and
had 80 teen and adult volunteers deliver the fun to all children in involved.
The day was filled with many magical moments including; magic tricks, jumping
castles, dress-up corners, a photo booth, face-painting, lots of interactive
games, flower potting, cupcake decorating, yummy Spur burgers and lots more.  



We’re growing, some more :)



JUL
17
2013
Our trustees
Daniella and Melissa are very soon going to be first-time mommies. We’re so
happy about welcoming 2 little cuties to our Sisanda family and we wish
Daniella and Melissa a blissful motherhood.

 



Sisanda at Pecha Kucha Cape Town



JUL
17
2013
The night of Pecha Kucha was abuzz with talk and ideas, diverse people and great speakers one of whom was Sisanda FunDaytion GM, Nicky Seymour. True to Sisanda's belief of what a difference a day makes, Nicky Seymour engaged the hearts of the audience with this topic. We thank Pecha Kucha Cape Town for the opportunity that saw us get a generous donation from someone who had been compelled by the talk.


Sisanda Connect



JUL
08
2013
Sisanda Connect, our newest programme, is a half day of fun for teenage volunteers and younger children to get to know each other, have fun and learn about each other’s cultures. Check out the photos from the 3 Connect Days 8, 10 and 12 July. 


Zakiya's back for her 2nd Circle,



JUL
02
2013
We're so excited to welcome Professional dancer, Zakiya Atkinson back to SA for her 2nd Dance Circle, which includes literature reviews this time around. This time around she'll be joined by her Mother Jackie Atkinson whose a Social Worker, together they'll be working with a group of up to 25 teens from Izandla Zethemba from the Thambo Village community. 



Opportunities for you: Volunteer Activity Co-ordinator



APR
23
2013
We've got some exciting new opportunities for our volunteers to give more of their personalities and time to SisandaFunDaytion. Volunteer Activity Co-ordinator Job Ad


Opportunities for you: Volunteer Activity Leader x 4



APR
23
2013
We've got some exciting new opportunities for our volunteers to give more of their personalities and time to Sisanda FunDaytion. Volunteer Activity Leader Job Ad


A Sad Day



APR
09
2013
On 16 March, Sisanda FunDaytion held a Fun Day with a wonderful group of children from the Hout Bay township area. We headed to Kalk Bay and had great fun learning about sea creatures and playing on the beach. Sadly, just before lunch, one of the little girls from our group was involved in a car accident. Some wonderful people (a doctor, his friends and family and a paramedic) were luckily on the road at the time and immediately helped to care for her until she could be taken to Red Cross War Memorial Children?s Hospital. She was admitted with a fractured leg and transferred to Maitland Cottage Home, after it was determined that she would not need surgery, where she will be recovering for the new few weeks. She has an incredibly supportive family who are always with her and she has plenty of toys and fun things to keep her busy. She is doing much better and is full of life, asking when she can go on another Fun Day! A big thank-you to everyone who was so supportive during this time. We will keep you informed about how she is doing.


Health Matters radio interview



NOV
20
2012
Listen to our Trustee Doctor Melissa Wallace's interview with Karen Key where she talks about the impact our approach and our programmes can have on a childs mental health. The interview was broadcast in Health Matters on SAfm (104-107fm) on 30th October.



TEDx Table Table Mountain



MAY
31
2012
Sisanda FunDaytion presented at the recent TEDx Table mountain event. The focus was on Creative Perspectives of the Human Nature Relationship. The focus of our presentation was on 'What a difference a Day makes'. We explored the impact of creating opportunities and experiences for disadvantaged and neglected children as well as for volunteers.



Groupon Request



JAN
27
2012
We have had an amazing response to our Groupon request. Please help spread the word - every little bit helps us reach more children. to donate R20 log on to www.groupon.co.za/deals/national-deals/sisanda-fundaytion-foundation/2954560


First Sisanda babies have arrived!



JAN
19
2012
Congratulations to Martha and Robert for the arrival of their gorgeous little girls previously named 'Pinch' and 'Punch'. All are very healthy and will soon be on their way to their new home. Lots of love from Sisanda and we can't wait to meet them.


Sisanda on TV



NOV
25
2011
Sisanda's 2nd birthday celebration will be featured this Saturday on SABC 3 Charly's Cake Angels at 4pm. Be sure to watch!


Red Cross Children's Day



NOV
03
2011
We threw a small party for the children at the Oncology Ward at the Red Cross Children's Hospital. We had arts and crafts, toy gift bags, a magician and lots of yummy cupcakes (that we got to decorate individually!). Spur provided a fantastic lunch for the children and nurses which went down a treat. A very big thank you to our sponsor Hilton who made this day possible


Check out our Fabulous 'New Look' T-shirts



OCT
31
2011
 


Cape Talk Charity Driver



JUL
28
2011
We've been chosen to participate in the CapeTalk charity drive. Please vote for us! Go to 567 CapeTalk Breakfast with Aden Thomas on Facebook, like him & then click on the Dischem Foundation tab on the left-hand side. Scroll down & click on 'Meet the Volunteers'; then like Sisanda!


Thanks



JUN
30
2011
A huge thank you to Spark ATM employees, who sponsored our last Fun Day. Not only were the kids treated to a superb day out, but Spark have also donated a number of much-needed items to Emasi, including a microwave, an urn and an iron!


Launching in Gauteng



MAY
17
2011
Sisanda FunDaytion is launching in Joburg! Follow the details of our first ever Gauteng Fun Day on 28 May 2011. We're taking kids from Nkosi's Haven to Gold Reef City.

Please tell all of your Joburg friends to join the fun and sign up as volunteers.