Press release

Empowering Youth for a Sustainable Future!

July 30, 2014

Representatives from Spur Foundation had a great time meeting beneficiaries of the Conscious Lifestyle Programme at the Desmond Tutu HIV Youth Centre in Masiphumulele, between Kommetjie and Noordhoek.

As Platinum Sponsor of the Conscious Lifestyle Youth Programme that took place on Friday, 27 July, at the Centre, Spur was privileged to meet the enthusiastic scholars from Ocean View High, Masiphumelele High, Marine Primary and Kleinberg Primary, as well as the Programme affiliates.

Our visit to the Centre started with a welcoming by Liesl James, the Conscious Lifestyle Consultant of Creating Change. Joe Stead, the Environmental Sustainability Gatekeeper of Spur told the audience about the Spur Foundation and how proud she was of being associated with the project.

“What you are doing here embodies what we believe in at Spur – the spirit of Ubuntu – it is a tremendous inspiration to all of us. I hope that our contribution will assist you in keeping up the good work here and making the country a better place,” she said.

Children from the beneficiary schools told the audience what they have learnt from the Programme and one group, Ukanyo Primary, even entertained the audience with an amazing drumming performance. After a short video of highlights of the Centre was shown, kids were treated to delicious Spur Burgers.

We were also privileged to be taken to the permaculture garden at the Centre, which uses sustainable practices to plant and water gardens, filled with herbs, vegetables and flowers. With the help of experts, from organisations like Urban Farmers Africa, youngsters are taught to make compact, self-watering productive gardens out of recycled wood and plastic bottles at the Centre.

Creating Change, Spur Foundation and GCX Africa launched the Conscious Lifestyle Programme earlier this year on 18 March 2014 to give kids the skills to grow and cook healthy food at home. The impact on the youngsters goes much deeper than merely meeting their nutritional needs; for many, the experience of learning new skills and becoming more self-sufficient provides an empowering boost to their self-esteem.

Another objective of Creating Change is effective cross cultural integration and the programme at the Desmond Tutu Youth Centre, which has a mixed group of cultures and backgrounds working together.

Spur has enjoyed a successful relationship over the years with Creating Change through joint establishments for food gardens and tree planting events in under-served areas. In line with our core value of generosity, the Foundation aims to uplift and improve the lives of South African families, focusing on especially children.

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NAME: Ronel van Dijk, Chairperson of the Spur Foundation and Chief Financial Officer of Spur Corporation Limited
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