Newsletter: March 2016

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Director's Message:

March is traditionally our month of crazy sports enthusiasts doing extreme sporting events in the name of charity – luckily our charity! And this year was no exception. A HUGE shout out to our 6 Absa Cape Epic cyclists who spent 8 days on their bikes covering 647 kilometres! And in particular to Nic White and Adi Enthoven who finished on the podium – we are so proud of your accomplishments and so grateful that you chose to support the Anna Foundation!

And then to our runners…. Thank you to the 50 odd runners who tackled the Old Mutual Two Oceans half marathon in the rain and in the dark! (6am in March is dark!!) Thank you for the awareness and funds you raised for us and for your spirit and enthusiasm.

And lastly our heroic walkers …. Covering over a marathon a day for 5 days straight while nursing all sorts of injuries (). And the little side line that they raised R170 000 through their efforts…. Unbelievable!

Already term 1 is over! It has been a wild start to the year but a start I am feeling very proud of. Our projects are now ticking over nicely, our facilitators are receiving incredibly valuable training and on site support, we’ve managed to monitor our children’s reading age and spelling ability (to be repeated twice more during the year) and we’ve already upgraded 2 of our school venues. All our children are eating nutritious meals and already I can see a difference in their well being.
So if I say so myself…. GO ANNA FOUNDATION GO!


3 R's: Focus on Reading

There has been much emphasis placed on the teaching of sight words using a variety of games and fun activities. The facilitators and the children have learnt to play and enjoy games such as Word Bingo, ‘Sight Word’ Snakes and Ladders and Word Dominoes.  The words need to be recognised, read and matched while playing the games and therefore many opportunities for the consolidation and teaching of sight word vocabulary has been created. The development of perceptual skills to encourage reading and writing abilities has been an important focus with the Grades R and 1 children. Forming letters, words, numbers and shapes with play dough, building puzzles and copying patterns with the pegboards are fun ways to encourage these early reading and writing skills. Learning through play has definitely been observed!

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The Three Oaks At It Again

In 2013 the “The Three Oaks” walked from Tulbagh to Stellenbosch and raised a considerable amount of money for us in the process. Last year the men decided it was time for another big walk. The "Walk in the Park” was planned for 7 March 2016 and would take the men from Saldanha to Cape Town over a period of 5 days. 

Struan Buchanan, Pete Hofmeyr and Mark Westcott shared their fundraising intentions with friends and the support started rolling in. Unfortunately, Struan was forced to withdraw at the last minute due to an emergency bypass operation but Bob Jones-Davies stepped in to complete the walk on Struan’s behalf. After 150km of walking on beach and through bush, the men reached the Mother City on Friday afternoon. Their final fundraising barometer has exceeded R170 000!

What an impact this money has made in the Langeberg! We have been able to provide academic support, improve the children’s overall well-being through clothing and food, invest in our facilitators and upgrade some of the school facilities at our Langeberg projects. And this is just the start. Thank you Struan, Pete, Mark and Bob for all that you have done for us.

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Absa Cape Epic Action

This was our 3rd year as one of the proud associate charity partners of the Absa Cape Epic - also known as the Tour de France of mountain biking.

We were involved in a number of ways including having three teams taking part. Our team entries provide us with an valuable opportunity to raise funds and our riders were fantastic ambassadors and looked great in our kit. We're very proud of Team White Inc - Nic White and Adrian Enthoven - who came 2nd overall in the Masters category!

With the help of volunteers from Somerset College, we offered face painting and other kids activities at the Race Villages throughout most of the 8-day event giving us valuable exposure. Some of our children visited the Race Village at Boschendal and had a great time having faces painted and cheering our riders on. They also managed to get a photo with the overall race winners from Team Bulls causing much attention on social media. A great experience for our keen bike enthusiasts and for the Anna Foundation too!

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Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon

This was our first year involved with this extremely popular race and what an experience! With 50 charity entries for the half marathon for us to sell, we are extremely grateful to those who chose to raise money for us through this event: Adi van der Walt, Francois van Greunen, Deon Bougardt, Quinton Anthony, Rabia Ghoor, Erica Schemel, Romy Nomis, Lynette Bannatyne and Glen Ho.

Top Fundraisers: A special mention to Erica Schemel, Romy Nomis, Lynette Bannatyne and Glen Ho who managed to raise over R18K on the fundaising website, GivenGain! #SoletoSoul

A Half Marathon Up North in Support of the children down South:  Hayley Poutiainen bought one of our entries for the the Two Oceans half marathon but discovered she was unable to fly back to South Africa  from Finland. As she had already started fundraising on GivenGain, she decided to run her own half marathon on the same day as the Cape Town race... in the snow! Read Hayley's blog about how she outdid her own fundraising expectations and the 'slightly different' running conditions she faced. She has raised over R11K for us.

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Thank you to all who have supported us this month!

Lilla Howe Trust | Croft Trust | Dr Brom | 1Percent Club Members | de Villiers Family | van der Merwe Family | MySchool supporters | Dornier Wine Club | Shoebox of Love (books) | Somerset College Volunteers | Radtrax | Scott Seward and Jacques Groen (SuperSport) | Woolworths




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In a Row
2016 Absa Cape Epic winner Karl Platt admires Curtley's unique cycling helmet
Karl and Curtley
Photo Credit: Zoon Cronje
Stint on SuperSport
while Water-Wise with Woolworths
SuperSport Clip
In celebration of National Water Week and as part of the Absa Cape Epic MTB stage race, Woolworths donated a water tank and 37 water-wise indigenous trees to the after-school at Buffet Olives farm. The water tank will be used to collect run-off rain water to maintain a vegetable garden adjacent to the after-school where the children will learn how to grow vegetables. A team from SuperSport came to film the ‘hand over’ activities and we managed to gain valuable exposure during the live coverage of the Cape Epic on the last day of the event. Watch the clip here
"My mouth doesn't know how to stop talking" Faces
Word Games
Sight Word Games
Three Oaks
Peter, Mark and Struan
Like their Facebook page...
Three Oaks Plus1
 150km: Pete, Mark & Bob (in for Struan)


Nic and Adrian Podium
Nic and Adrian in our kit! 2nd place overall in the Masters' category
Children with the Bulls
With race leaders, Karl Platt & Urs Huber


Erica, Romy, Glen and Lynette
Erica, Romy, Glen and Lynette
Hayley tackles the sludge


Pinotage and Biltong Festival 16 & 17 April

11h00 - 18h00
Join us at L'Avenir Wines for the Pinotage & Biltong Festival! Taste 18 Pinotage’s from Red to White, Rosé to Sparkling and even Semi-sweet
and Dessert wines, all paired with 9 different biltong flavours, droëwors or salami.
TICKETS: R150pp (includes a branded wine glass)
BOOKINGS: and selected Joubert & Monty outlets
We are proud to be the chosen charity for this event and will be providing the kiddies activities!


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