Volunteering and Internship events in Cape Town

At African Sunrise, we don't just place volunteers at Projects, We get involved!
We regularly have fundraising initiatives to assist the Projects! Take a look at a few of our fundraising events and campaigns.

Cape Town Colour Run

Our Crew and Interns took part in the Cape Town Colour Run this year. The Colour Run's mission is to bring people together and make the world a happier, healthier place. By creating an experience that’s more about the memories you make than your mile per minute, they've made running feel accessible to a broader demographic. Filled with colour and happiness, with a wonderful scenic ocean route, it's an amazing run! 

Khayelitsha Fashion Week

Our crew and interns regularly attent this amazing initiative. The purpose is to prepare, develop and give local brands a platform to showcase their latest offerings and new designs to the Community and surroundings of Khayelitsha. Khayelitsha is a partially informal township in Western Cape, South Africa, located on the Cape Flats. The name is Xhosa for New Home. It is reputed to be the largest and fastest growing township in South Africa. Powerful messages are brought to light through fashion. 

Fundraising Hike up Lions Head

We joined one of the Directors of Breaking Bread Community Development who did his first ever hike up the famous Lions Head Mountain in Cape Town. We were also joined by the awesome crew from Wanderlust Backpackers. Martyn is terrified of heights, so this was a big deal for him and over R10 000 was raised for this awesome project that has a Homeless Feeding Programme, as well as a Children's Holiday Programme. 

Sarah Fox Children's Hospital Mandela Day

For Mandela Day this year, we teamed up with Sarah Fox Children's Hospital to host a Fun Walk in aid of the Hospital. We had such fun at Nantes Park in Athlone, where we jived, we walked, we ate, and we had a great time with the community. 

Gangster Museum

We love supporting our friends at the 18 Gangster Museum in the township of Khayelitsha. The Museum is the first of its kind in Cape Town and aims to help South African youth to better understand the treacherous path that too many in their communities take into gangsterism and, ultimately, prison. More importantly, 18 Gangster Museum seeks to offer a positive alternative. Incorporating immersive text and imagery and a replica prison cell, 18 Gangster Museum’s installations are curated by ex-offenders who share their real-life experiences of gangsterism and prison and how they turned their lives around. Our interns and volunteers get to take part in singing, dancing and even soccer games when they visit.

Heritage Day 2017

To celebrate South African Heritage Day, we joined Breaking Bread Community Development, who are a local NPO that work with the Homeless Community in Cape Town, as well as working with the disadvantaged children of the Observatory and Salt River Areas. We fundraised and managed to collect money for an awesome traditional braai, and also had musicians perform for the Homeless Community. We gave out toiletries to the men and women which were kindly donated, and everyone had a lovely meal. Our interns and volunteers all joined in, and we watched the traditional Kaapse Kloppse - which is a very colourful marching band that forms part of Cape Town's Heritage.

Rehab Waterpark Day

One of our great projects is a Rehabilitation Centre for Drug and Alcohol Abuse. One of our interns was doing his 5 month internship here, and got to know the guys very well during this time. With the help of two Field Studies Students, they fundraised for a day out for the guys, which is really great as they spend most of their time at the Rehab Facility undergoing extensive therapy. It was a wonderful day that was enjoyed by everyone - swimming, dancing, eating (the traditional South African braai) and playing games in the sun together, as the family they are. Amazing!

Children's Hospital Staff Outing

Our two Social Worker interns, Sanna Berg and Jenny Grip were doing their internships at a Children's Hospital in Cape Town. They decided to do a fundraiser to raise money for the children, as well as to take the staff on a lovely outing. The staff work extremely hard and this was such a lovely treat for them - the staff, including the cleaners and kitchen staff all went ice skating, bowling and out for lunch! It was a great end to their year, and we are so thankful to Sanna and Jenny for not only making a huge difference in the lives of the children in hospital everyday, but also to the hard-working staff.

Kids Christmas Beach Day

In December 2017, two interns and one volunteer, all doing their internships at Breaking Breaking Bread Community Development, hosted a Kids Beach Day for Christmas! What a treat for the kids, who get to go to the beach once a year if that. The weather in Cape Town was lovely, and the kids had an amazing time in the water and sand. It's lovely to see the kids and interns interact, learning so much from each other. We also had a braai, and everyone got a lovely lunch, as well as a pack of stationery for school next year!

Valentines Township Community Day

On Valentines Day 2016 we joined a small community in Phillipi Township where our Directors were responsible for fundraising and building a Kindergarten for the children there. We brought food, cooldrinks and toys for the children, and what a joy it was to play games with the little kids and soccer with the older boys. The children love our visits and it's always a pleasure seeing the joy on their faces when we are there. Lots of face-painting took place - and not just the children's faces but the adults too!

Home of Safety School Dance

Three of our interns, Evelina, Thanh and Frida, who were doing their Social Work Internships at one of our Homes of Safety for Children,  held a "School Dance" for the children. It was lovely to see, all the children dressed up in very smart evening wear, each one had their photo taken, and they got to feel really special for a night. There was a karaoke machine, laser lights and even a smoke machine. Everyone enjoyed the dancing, singing and all the good food. It was a night the children will never forget. Our three interns also fundraised to do various repairs in the home, as well as buying much needed appliances.

Heritage Day 2016

On Heritage Day 2016 we joined the community of Observatory for a day on the Village Green. We made and served soup and bread to the Homeless Community, our Swedish interns made lovely Swedish food which they sold to the public for fundraising, there was live music and our Director CJ exhibited some of her photos of the Homeless Community. It was a great day of getting to know the community, and celebrating not only our South African Heritage, but also that of all the other nations that joined in

Mandela Day 2017

This year St.Francis Boys Home was our project of choice for our 67 minutes on Mandela Day. We had an amazing day of Karaoke, soccer, lunch and of course, wall-painting! We were joined by volunteers from the community, and the boys had a fantastic day celebrating the life of Madiba.

Kindergarten

Our Directors were responsible for the fundraising and building of a Kindergarten in the Philippi Township. From the clearing of the grounds, to the building, the Kindergarten is now home to over 30 children, and runs from Mondays to Fridays. This was a huge project, and we regularly spend time with the children at the kindergarten. We had comedy nights and online fundraising initiatives to raise enough money to have the school built.

Comedy Night

Comedy Nights are a big thing in Cape Town and a wonderful way to meet people and have a laugh. Our Director Tania, with the help of some WONDERFUL comedians, hosted a night of Comedy for Youth Solutions Africa, at the Bazinga Bar in Cape Town. We fundraise with local comedians often, who also assist with our Friday Soup Sessions.

Gumboot Drive

Running fundraising campaigns online is also a great way of getting people involved. Our Director CJ held a Gumboot Drive online, and managed to raise enough money to buy over 50 pairs of red gumboots for the children in the Philippi Township Kindergarten.

Soccer Fundraiser

One of a few Soccer Fundraisers we have had at the scenic Fives Futbal fields on the rooftop of one of Cape Town’s tallest buildings! We had teams from all over Cape Town compete, Comedians, Projects, Companies and even us women! A really fantastic day, with the kids really enjoying the soccer, and a lot of money being raised for Breaking Bread Community Development.

Re-purpose Schoolbags

One of our Directors held a fundraiser for Repurpose Schoolbags, which resulted in over 100 bags with solar lights being given to the children of the Philippi Township.

StreetSleeper Fundraiser

Our team held a fundraiser to provide the Homeless People of Observatory with StreetSleeper sleeping bags, which are waterproof and durable. We are so happy to have been able to provide over 30 sleeping bags!

Sanitary Pad Drive

Our team held a fundraiser for sanitary pads – we had pop-up collection points around Cape Town, and also raised money online. Our dear volunteer, Miranda, also assisted. We managed to provide almost 700 sanitary packs to Uitsig Highschool, as well as to Fezeka Highschool in Gugulethu. We hope to continue providing sanitary pads to the young women that can’t afford them.

Mandela Day 2016

On Mandela Day, the African Sunrise Team raised money for a day at Heatherdale Children’s Home of Safety. We provided each child with a jersey, as well as lunch and snacks. We had a karaoke machine which was such a hit, as well as face-painting and a jumping castle. Our team also handed over a cheque for R5000 to the home.