We all have dreams, and together we can help make the dreams of people in less advantaged communities come true.
The Big Dreams Fund is our fundraising initiative for children’s and adult’s education projects in South African communities. Because we know that access to a good education provides a great foundation for bringing dreams to life.
Each year we aim to donate between $2000-$3000 to our Big Dreams fund from profits from our sales. This may not seem like much, but we’re a small business and we certainly hope to grow this amount in the future. But in the meantime, it’s amazing what a difference this money can make!
Why South Africa?
South Africa is a country close to our heart – our founder, Kathryn Koch (she was Kathryn Tyrrell back then), spent a year in Pretoria, South Africa, as a Rotary Exchange Student, where she made lifelong friends and really got Africa under her skin. One of these friends, Julie Hadley, founded The Heartfelt Project in Makapanstad, South Africa, to provide employment opportunities for women in the local community.
It is through Julie’s personal experience working in the community for more than 10 years that we know the impact education funding would provide to help people realise their dreams in communities like Makapanstand all over South Africa.
What education projects will you fund?
With Julie’s guidance, each year we contribute to a different project in the local Makapanstad community that we can help to support with the funds we raise through The Goodnight Society.
In 2015 we donated $2,000 towards the construction of two jungle gyms at the local primary school. Jungle Gyms, or playgrounds as well call them here in Australia, are something we take for granted as a wonderful memory of our own childhoods – but they are not a given for the children of Makapanstad. It was such a thrill to (virtually) watch the jungle gyms being constructed before letting the children loose on them!
How is a jungle gym related to education you might ask? Well, there is a substantial body of research that indicates that children learn best in an environment which allows them to explore, discover, and play. It is also closely tied to the development of cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical behaviors.
In 2016 our donation will go towards funding for a small kindergarten in Makapanstad which is currently constructed out of two tin sheds. We will update shortly with more details.