Seasons Greetings

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Dear Friends of the TCD Trust,

2009 has been a fantastic year for the TCD Trust. We have made tremendous progress on the BLOMVLEI PROJECT, with construction set to begin in early 2010 !

We would like to thank all friends for their valued support and commitment through the years. We could not realise any of our dreams without you. Congratulations!

We are very excited as we begin building Phase 1 of Blomvlei project in January 2010. This will be the community library and educational garden. The center will provide a place of safety, inspiration and education to the community

The design of the buildings is to include as many cost effective sustainable construction methods and materials as possible. The design will enable the facilities to maintain heat in the winter without costly heating and be cool in the summer months without air conditioning. Rain water storage tanks will also be installed to catch water run off from the roof and gutters

The building contractor will also be recruiting people from the local community who have building skills to help with the construction of the center.

We have sourced various companies and NGO who will also be supplying the school with trees, an educational garden, vegetable garden and a recycling depot.

“Schools must become centers of community life”

Programs which we will work with local NGO’s to implement at the Library will include:

• Literacy development
• Thinking skills
• Business Life Skills
• Career Guidance and exposure to career opportunities.

We have also incorporated into the project plans to help the school generate funds and to incorporate the local community :

• Employment of local community with building skills during the building.
• Recycling depot on the school premises
• Food Tents – vegetable tents for growing produce to use and sell.

To date we have raised over R2 million Rand for phase 1 and even though our budget is still short of the total building costs we have decided to go ahead in good faith and start the building process. We will continue to fund raise during construction and hopefully come up with the shortfall in our budget. We appeal to everyone in the tourism industry to support this project and help us to raise the funds required to complete it.Your donation towards this project could help us to start to make a difference to the community of Hanover Park.

We seek donations of any size, private or corporate, for the balance of our funding for phase 1, the Library and educational garden, of this project.

“Creating a variety of secure, sheltered, meaningful and inspirational spaces.”

What is our call to action for 2010 ?

1. SECURE SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO MAKE THE DREAM COME TRUE.

2. ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS OF THE TOURISM INDUSTRY TO JOIN AS FRIENDS OF THE TRUST AND SUPPORT THE GOOD WORK WE DO.

3. GET THE COMMUNITY, PARENTS AND CHILDREN INVOLVED.

4. FINDING PARTNERS AND RESOURCES TO ESTABLISH AN EXTRA MURAL CURRICULUM.

On behalf of myself and the trustees (Enver, Di, Lisa and Andre) we wish you all a happy festive season and all the best for the year ahead.

2010 promises to be a big year for the TCD Trust and South Africa!

All the best,

Bronwen Wetton
Trust Manager