Dez was based in Toronto and met with and presented to the Rotary clubs of Burlington and Grimsby, just to name a few. In total Dez presented to 6 rotary clubs in the surrounding area over a 2-week period. This alone was an amazing feat, not least of all having to adjust to an unfamiliar land.
The Oppie Koppie crèche, Vuya Foundation's early childhood development facility, was of particular interest in each of the presentations as ECD is a key focus of Rotary International. The wonders that South Africa offers and the challenges that the country faces were all highlighted in Dez's interaction with the rotary members and the audience came away with a much richer understanding of South Africa.
The Vuya Foundation recognizes that in order to tackle social issues a broader perspective is needed. This means engaging with international partners, not just local ones, to tackle and overcome social challenges. This also ties us into a global community with knowledge and expertise that can flow freely and we thank Dez for being our first step towards that coalition.
Thank you to all the people who donated to the Vuya Foundation - one rotary member even donating $1000! The money has gone directly into the Oppie Koppie crèche to help with running costs as well as keeping the children's tummies full and their minds stimulated.
A special thank you from Dez and the Vuya Foundation team to Clarence McCloskey, president of the Grimsby Rotary Club and Julie Cordasco, director of the Canadian Central American Relief Effort (CCARME), and her husband for their hospitality during Dez's time over there. We look forward strengthening links with your organizations and becoming good friends in the future!