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Westin- Unicef Charity Ball raises R1m for ECD centres

Westin-Unicef Charity Ball hosted by the Westin Cape Town managed to raise R1 million for educational programmes  promoting early childhood development.

hosted by The Westin Cape Town on Saturday, 14 October, matched the previous year’s donations, raising R1m.

L-R: Carine Munting, UNICEF partnership manager; Leon Meyer, GM at The Westin; Marilize van Niekerk, executive secretary to the GM; Sandra Bisin, UNICEF chief of communication and partnerships; and Jeremy Harris, radio personality and event MC

The funds will go towards supporting various educational programmes promoting early childhood development in South Africa. As part of this amount, on the same night, the Ernest Stempel Foundation handed over a cheque of R200,000 to Unicef.

A total of 27 prizes sponsored by various industry partners, including an autographed T-shirt by professional tennis player Roger Federer, were raffled at the event. Event sponsor Toy Kingdom South Africa donated toys to the value of R270,000.

“We feel honoured to be a part of this extraordinary cause. In the world we live in, the ‘your child is my child’ approach has become extremely important. We have a responsibility to protect and nurture our children and place their needs and development at the top of our list – it’s absolutely crucial,”

said Henri van Wijk, MD, Toy Kingdom South Africa.

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