Wishing you Peace, Love and Joy

2010 has been an enormously challenging but good year for the TCD Trust. We began construction of the Blomvlei Library at Blomvlei Primary School in Hanover Park in January 2010. Besides enormous increases in the building costs from the original quotes the construction was successfully completed in August 2010.

The library is magnificent and is already receiving quite iconic status in the area. The learners already have an enormous sense of pride of this beautiful new library on their school grounds even though it is not yet furnished.

Due to the huge building costs we did not have the sufficient funds to complete the landscaping, shelving, furniture, computers and equipment for the library. Since August we have been seriously fund raising for these things. In October we received an wonderful donation from TICE for R100 000.00 and we also held our own fund raiser dinner which was kindly sponsored by the Mount Nelson Hotel, we managed to raise a further R125 000.00 from our dinner.

SATSA members came out to the school at the end of October to celebrate World Responsible Tourism Day – 20 trees were donated and planted by the SATSA members to begin the greening of Blomvlei Library. Further greening and landscaping will hopefully be completed during 2011.

The TCD Trust also received a fantastic donation of R10 000.00 from SKAL International, Cape Town, at their annual Christmas lunch. The TCD Trust was one of three beneficiaries who were chosen by SKAL this year to receive funds raised by the committee and members during their 2010 monthly meetings.

In January we will use the funds we have raised so far to install the shelving and furniture and we hope to officially open the Library in February 2011 which also coincides with the 40 year anniversary of the school.

The TCD Trust has undertaken to assist the school and working in partnership with Equal Education Foundation to find a librarian for the library during the developmental stages in order to get the facility fully operational and functional. Some of the developmental programmes which will be introduced into the library will include literacy development, computer skills, life skills, career guidance, art and dance workshops.

We still have a long way to go to complete the Blomvlei Library, we thank all our sponsors, Friends of the TCD Trust and tourism industry affiliated organisations for all your support in 2010, it would not be possible without you. The Tourism Industry in Cape Town can truly be very proud of what has been achieved this year through supporting the TCD Trust and the work we do.

The holidays bring three special words to mind: Peace, Love, and Joy. They are words that carry warmth, and spread hope. They are what we wish for and what we seek. Wishing you and your families a very blessed Christmas and holiday season and a prosperous and happy New Year 2011.