Care Bear Project - Successful Charity 2018
The Care Bear Project was started in 2015 by Rebecca Pinnell, a B.Acc student at Stellenbosch University, and is a community project uplifting local rural communities, by providing employment and much-needed income for the families, and by using the product of their work, the bears, as a means of bringing joy to the children in these communities – many of whom have never received a new toy in their lives. They are a fully constituted and registered non-profit organisation. All donations quality for S18A tax certificates and companies are also able to earn BBBEE points as all our beneficiaries are black South Africans.
Our knitters are all black women, predominantly pensioners, who are most often the mainstay of the family. These grandparents have all too often lost their own children to AIDS, and now find themselves supporting grandchildren. One of the significant advantages of The Care Bear Project is that there are no costs involved to the knitters as we give them the full knitting kit, and they knit at home, in their own time, so there are no transport costs. They are still then able to look after the children, and run their households. Each bear costs R80 to make, of which R50 is paid directly to the knitter. The balance covers the knitting kit (wool, needles, stuffing), as well as distribution costs. No money is paid from the project to any administrative staff, these are all volunteers. Our top knitters are making 24 bears a month, earning R1200 which is equivalent to their government pension, making a HUGE difference in their lives.
To date they have donated nearly 2000 bears to various schools and creches, have over 40 registered knitters they have trained, and paid over R100 000 to knitters, making a significant difference to the lives of the disadvantaged families in our community. We have a waiting list of ladies wanting to join the project.
Type: Half Marathon and Ultra Marathon
Cost: R975 for a Half Marathon entry. This covers the race entry fee, a specific Care Bear running shirt, and a R400 donation to the charity, which will sponsor one full kit for a knitter.
Ultra marathon entries are R1275, which covers the race entry fee, shirt and the donation.
Contact: Samantha Pinnell
Tel: 082 800 4115