On Friday 2 August the Cape Point Partnership, Cape Town Tourism and the City of Cape Town donated blankets to children at the Red Hill Preschool and the Children of Hope Educare Centre in the Red Hill informal settlement near Simons Town.
The blanket collection formed part of a Mandela Day initiative where Cape Point Partnership, Cape Town Tourism and the City urged Capetonians to open their hearts and donate new or secondhand blankets to those less fortunate during the cold winter months. Each person who donated a blanket received a complimentary ticket on the Flying Dutchman Funicular, courtesy of Cape Point Partnership.
Built in 1969, the funicular is a fun way for visitors to travel from the lower station at the Cape Point car park to the old lighthouse while enjoying exceptional panoramic views.
The blankets were dropped off at Cape Town Tourism’s Visitor Information Centres in Kirstenbosch, Simonstown, Muizenberg, Langa, Burg Street City Centre, Blaauwberg, Somerset West, Willowbridge and at Cape Town International Airport.
Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism says; “We collected approximately 170 blankets at our Visitor Information Centres after putting out the call for Mandela Day. As someone fortunate enough to be warm and dry in winter, I know that I am not alone in thinking of those who are less fortunate who battle the elements daily.It’s a small token to give a blanket but we hope that it provides some comfort to these precious children.”
The Red Hill Preschool, started in 2007, is headed by Principal Vuyiseka Lombo and caters for 30 children between the ages 2 and 6. They are provided with two meals a day sponsored by African Impact through their Sponsor a Child Initiative. Principal Sophia Dick runs the Children of Hope Educare Centre, which was founded in 2006 and is attended by 39 children ranging from 3 months to 6 years of age.
“We are delighted that Capetonians have heeded our call and have opened their hearts to those less privileged. We would like to encourage more companies in the private sector to support our communities in similar altruistic drives – the importance of looking after those in need is part of our everyday lives”, says Brett Hendricks, Cape Point Partnership Board Member.
Councillor Grant Pascoe, Mayco member for Tourism Marketing and Events-City of Cape Town added; “The City of Cape Town values the role that our tourism partners play in uplifting our communities. We continue to support worthy initiatives such as the Nelson Mandela Day blanket drive coordinated by the Cape Point Partnership in partnership with the City’s Tourism Department and Cape Town Tourism.Such initiatives takes us closer to being a responsible destination and our tourism vision for Cape Town.”
For more information about Cape Point visit www.capepoint.co.za or call the Information Centre on (021) 780 9010/11.