We are thrilled to let you know that Team Philile will be hitting the streets again at this year’s Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge. This fundraising initiative has become a flagship event for us over the past two years raising in excess of R720,000 to date.
A team of Philile supporters are signing up to raise R2,500 each by riding the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge on the 17th November and in doing so we hope to raise over R300,000!
We would like to invite you to be a part of this exciting initiative and sponsor Team Philile:
Gold sponsor: Donating R50,000 (large logo will appear on the back)
Silver sponsor: Donating R35,000 (small logo will appear on the back)
Bronze sponsor: Donating R20,000 (logo will appear on an arm sleeve)
NB/ The deposit of funds into the Philile Foundation bank account will be required by the latest August 31st 2013.
Benefits for your Business
- Great marketing opportunity: Your logo on all Team Philile Jerseys cycling across Johannesburg. These jerseys are worn far more than just on race day. In addition to this we will promote your organisation at our hospitality events prior to and post-race, on all our Team Philile communications and our website.
- Tax Deductions: Philile Foundation is approved as a Public Benefit Organisation. An 18a certificate in receipt of a donation can be given allowing for tax deductions to the donor.
- BEE: The beneficiaries of the money raised through Team Philile will be ›75% black as defined in the DTI Codes of Good Practice on Broad Based Black Economic Development. A letter for the purpose of B-BEEE approval can be arranged
- Philile Foundation is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (085-985)
Breakdown of Sponsorship Costs
Sponsoring this event will enable Philile to provide each member of our team with the following:
- Branded cycling jersey and body paint for high visual impact
- Access to a catered post-race hospitality tent
Any additional sponsorship will be used to grow and develop Philile pre-schools.
If you are interested in taking part please email us at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you
With winter creeping upon us, it’s time to bring out those hot water bottles, electric blankets, heaters, and the like as we prepare for another cold season ahead. However in communities like Diepsloot where there is no electricity the thought of facing this season is a “chilling” one! It is for this reason that Marelene Maartens, from Godfirst City, rallied up a group of women to make tracksuits for each of the 150 children across Philile. Here’s how the project came about:
By Marlene Maartens
My name is Marlene Maartens and I am a 67yr old, single woman, retired from full time work. Afternoons, I am privileged to be granny to my 2 grand children, driving them around and helping with their homework. I still had time available and knowing that growing older means that a time will probably come when I will not be able to do all the things that I love doing, I want to “buy out” the time, whilst I am still able to do so. I have managed large projects in my work and that came in very handy in my life.
How the idea came about:
When visiting a close friend in Durban last year, she shared how she got involved with a group of ladies from various churches that made tracksuits for orphans in their area. The idea kind of “stuck” in my mind. So I thought of Philile and started chatting to Jacques and Megan, leaders at Godfirst City, and we agreed it would be good to put the thoughts into action. Upon inquiry I learned that there are about 150 pre-schoolers that can benefit from each having a nice warm tracksuit in winter.
Practical Issues and help required:
I am a firm believer that: “If you have the vision, you’ve got the job”. I had no idea how much it was going to cost. So I put together a simple project plan to map out what was needed and then approached my previous employer and a few friends for funds. Jacques also approached some Godfirst members and we managed to raise R11 000, more than I hoped for! I have to say this: God is just awesome! He ensured that we got more than we needed.
Help was asked during announcements in the church services on Sundays at G1 City. We have worked on 3 Wednesdays to date and the cutting is done. On the 1st day only 3 of us pitched, 2nd day 13 and on the 3rd day we were 4 ladies and Ross Robertson, my Life Group leader, brought refreshments and was just such a great help. We have planned 3 more days for sewing and the aim is to hand over the tracksuits by end May.
Without God’s vision and faithfulness, Jacques and Megan Adamo’s moral and practical support, Rachel O’Connor’s support from Philile, the effort of each of the precious ladies that came to help, as well as the open hearts of the sponsors, it would not have been possible to run this project!
Thanks to everyone for pitching in. We are excited to see the children in their new warm winter attire.
In the second week of April, Phumuzile and Simangele, both teachers at Philile Hillbrow, went on a three day toy course that was held by Cotlands in Terfontein. The course covered the importance of playing games with children and discussed the different types of toys which should be used with different age groups for the most beneficial development. Toys are crucial for the development of children and from a very young age can aid both physical and mental development. Knowing which toys should be used for which age group enables the teachers to cover the most ground in lessons and stimulate the children to make progress crucial to their growth. A variety of toys will now be used to stimulate motor skills, language skills and to stretch physical abilities. We look forward to having the teachers implement their new ideas during aftercare.
We’ve been having encouraging meetings with some of our current sponsors to look at their involvement for the year ahead. We’re excited to be pulling in more skills and resources that exist in these relationships and are so thankful for the continued commitment made to Philile.
If you are interested in supporting the work of Philile below is a few ways you can get involved:
- Teacher training course
You could sponsor a 1 year teacher training course that ensure our teachers receive NQF level 4 accreditation. The course kicks off in July 2013 and is R9000 per teacher. 4 teachers total: R36,000
- Senior staff member training course:
Sponsor one of our seniors staff members with a School Administrator and Management Course. The course is 6 months and will cost R3650.
- Educational school trip
Help us show the children the world by sponsoring them on a day trip (Johannesburg Zoo/Monte Casino Bird Gardens/Lion Park). Inclusive of travel for 100 children and staff +/- R20,000.
- Provision of transport
This would involving providing sponsorship for transportation to the trip venue for 70 people, 50 people and 60 people on separate dates.
- Also, check out this image below for other ways to sponsor us:
If you can assist with any of the above please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Mini Maestro training is continuing to be an exciting and beneficial course for our teachers, with the children of course reaping the benefits too. The exciting music curriculum training is helping our teachers to visualise and plan music lessons, as well as train them on how to teach the children new songs, dances and how to play basic musical instruments.
On Saturday, 20th April, the four teachers doing the Mini Maestro’s training, as well as Anna from Cosmo City, met at Estea’s house for term 2 curriculum training. A great time was had by all, and the training included exciting discussions as to what could be presented at the Godfirst Centered Women’s Conference next month. All teachers and participants are looking forward to showing what they’ve learnt and just how worth-while the course has been for everyone involved. Thank you again to everyone who contributed to the cause!
Johannesburg Water popped in to visit the staff and children at Philile Diepsloot, educating them on how to use water correctly. The children were taught a number of things including: The use of water in daily life, how to save water, the importance of taking a bath, and safety around water. We’d like to say a big thank you to Joburg Water for taking the time to give us a few tips. Let’s all remember to use water wisely.
By Anna Lecweleng (Philile staff member)
Eight of the Philile staff went on the first aid training course the week of March 4th in Hilbrow. It was a fun experience filled with learning and practical application! Most of us were doing it for the first time while some of the staff were renewing their certificates, as it usually expires after every three years.
The training was for two hours, from 12:00 to 14:00 for 4 days. On the fourth day we wrote a test including a practical test. All of the staff passed!
What we realised from the course is that it is important to know what to do if an accident occurs on the site. This is especially important because we are around lots of children every day. We have learned a lot of things about safety which we often take for granted in our daily lives.
From today we now know what to do when someone or a child faints, cut him or herself, chokes, has a burn or any other emergency happens before the ambulance comes.
Thank you Philile for always seeing it as a need to educate us on things we might come across of, since we work with children and communities.
Siyabonga !!!!!!!! Realeboga !!!!!!!!!!!!! Dankie !!!!!!!!!!!! Thank You !!!!!!!!!! For the quality of education you provide us with so that we can pass it on to those in need.
By Estea Potgieter
How exciting that Mini Maestro Music has finally gone “live” in the Philile preschools! The idea of music education impacting the lives of disadvantaged children is something that has excited and challenged me for a long time, but nothing could have prepared me for the impact on everyone whose lives are involved with this project. Initially I thought that it will be the children mostly who will benefit, but my life and heart has been so touched by this whole experience and I know the teachers at the schools can say the same. I have been so impressed and inspired by their hard work (Phumzile & Brenda in Hillbrow and Irene & Rebekkah in Diepsloot) in preparing and learning the programme and their enthusiasm during our training sessions! Now it has finally paid off as they can see & experience the joy on the children’s faces as they teach the classes every week! My sincere thanks to Lauren, Philile principal for her help, guidance and patience as we were all finding our feet during this initial launching phase. I’m so excited to see how all of us will grow and develop during this year as we continue the roll-out each term with new material and songs! And most importantly I’m excited to see how the children turn into Mini Maestro’s! A big thank you to the women of Godfirst, whose generosity has made this all possible!
Philile was invited to attend the Front Page Father Media launch on the 21st of February at Monte Casino. The Campaign aims to create awareness of the value of involved fathers and to empower men to become more engaged in the lives of their children and families. This was an awesome opportunity for Philile to network with other likeminded organisations aiming to impact the lives of children across South Africa. The event also included a speech from Samuel Mashabela, winner of the Father of the Year award (an initiative from the Department of Social Development and Fatherhood Foundation) as well as the screening of the movie; Absent.
With staff development as one of our key focuses for 2013, we are excited to kick start the year with an intensive 5-day first aid training course booked for all the staff in the next few weeks. Its, great being able to invest in their career development whilst ensuring the safety of all onsite too! The Diepsloot staff started their training the week of February 25th while the Hillbrow staff will commence the week of March 4th. We’ll be sure to give you an update along with some pics our next blog.