As we transition to the festive season ahead, it’s time to share the latest and most exciting updates from Build The Future. In this newsletter, we recount our enriching journeys from September to November and give you a sneak peek into the eagerly anticipated December events. Join us as we relive these memorable moments and look forward to what’s on the horizon.
SEPTEMBER’S SOUTH AFRICAN ADVENTURE: TEAMWORK AND DISCOVERY
Our Afrika Adventures/Build the Future Expedition in September with a vibrant team of 13 was a rich tapestry of teamwork and celebration in South Africa. Starting at the Luthuli Museum, the team embarked on a cultural and culinary exploration along the Durban promenade, relishing an array of outstanding burgers and diverse dishes.
Each workday was marked by significant contributions and collaborative spirit. The healthcare team skillfully adapted to each child’s needs, demonstrating compassion and expertise. Meanwhile, the work team, in partnership with Thobani and his crew, faced new challenges head-on, fostering an atmosphere of learning and teamwork.
A highlight of the trip was our visit to Thula Thula, where we were captivated by the majestic beauty of wildlife, deepening our connection to nature. The expedition’s spirit of joy and learning was further exemplified during the celebration of Lola’s 15th birthday, a moment that brought us all closer in a shared experience of happiness and festivity.
The adventure concluded with an enthusiastic exploration of the Ballito Farmer’s Market, perfectly capturing the essence of our time in South Africa - a blend of joy, learning, and engagement with the local community.
SEPTEMBER’S CAPE TOWN JOURNEY: IMPACT AND CELEBRATION
Our Cape Town trip in September with Crossroads was a vibrant mix of impactful work and unforgettable fun. The group, filled with inspiring individuals, made a significant difference at Agape Educare Centre in Zola, enhancing the school and engaging joyfully with the children.
We packed meals with Rise Against Hunger and took an exciting trip to Monkey Town with 120 kids, adding to our community service. Unpredictable weather led to an impromptu yet memorable visit to Table Mountain and a delightful detour to a local winery.
The journey also included a night of lively karaoke, where team members showcased their singing prowess. Educational visits to the District 6 Museum and Robben Island provided deep insights into the region’s history, enriching our understanding and connection to Cape Town.
The trip was sweetened with visits to Charly’s Bakery, Mojo Market, and Moro Gelato, capping off a week of meaningful interactions, celebrating milestone birthdays, and creating lasting friendships. This group was a testament to the joy and impact that come from working and celebrating together.
GLOBAL CONNECTIONS IN OCTOBER
While October didn’t feature our usual activity, it was a month filled with meaningful personal and global developments. Phillip and Baylee embarked on a trip to visit our Build the Future counterparts in the Netherlands to foster stronger international ties. While there, they were able to meet new board members, discuss exciting updates, and share the mission and vision of Build the Future in front of multiple audiences.
Two young boys in the Netherlands have been riding their bikes across town and going door to door to collect bottles to earn money by recycling to donate to Build the Future. Their father visited South Africa years ago and shared stories of his experience. The boys decided they wanted to be a part of building the future and took matters into their own hands. While visiting, Phillip and Baylee were able to meet with the boys, receive a check and further spread awareness by meeting with the local newspaper. The boys are also challenging others to join in their efforts and make small sacrifices to make a big difference in the world.
Back at home, Clive kept the wheels turning, hosting a small media team that helped spotlight our ongoing projects. His dedication ensured that our initiatives continued to thrive, even as other team members were abroad. This balance of personal milestones and continuous commitment to our cause underlines the unique spirit of our team - where personal growth and global impact go hand in hand.
As we approach the end of the year, our excitement builds for the much-anticipated Build the Future Fundraiser. This event promises to be a night of unforgettable moments, vibrant connections, and the chance to make a real difference. Scheduled for Thursday, December 7th, at the elegant Ventura in Norwood, it’s an evening you won’t want to miss.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! We urge you to secure your tickets as soon as possible. While we hope to accommodate last-minute additions, our sign-up window closes on Tuesday, November 28th. Your prompt response ensures a smoothly organized and spectacular event.
PREVIEW OUR SILENT AUCTION Excitement is also brewing for our Silent Auction, an integral part of our fundraiser. We’re thrilled to provide you with an early link to the auction items. This sneak peek allows you to start planning your bids and strategize on securing your favorite items. Items are being added on a regular basis, so keep checking back in. Remember, bidding officially opens on Moday, December 4th, so mark your calendars!
LAST CALL FOR AUCTION ITEMS Do you have something special that could enhance our auction? We’re still accepting contributions, and we would love to include your offering. If you have an item or experience that you’d like to donate, please reach out to Baylee at your earliest convenience. Your contributions not only enrich our auction but also significantly support our cause.
A NIGHT OF IMPACT AND JOY This fundraiser is more than just an event; it’s a gathering of hearts and minds united in the vision of building a brighter future. Alongside the Silent Auction, we’ll have a curated market featuring unique, handcrafted South African items – perfect for those seeking meaningful gifts for the holiday season.
Your participation in this event is vital. Every ticket purchased, every bid placed, and every item bought brings us closer to our goals. Join us for a night of celebration, purpose, and impact. Let’s come together to support and uplift our communities, shaping a future we all believe in.
If you are unable to attend, but would like to help us reach our goal for the evening, you can make a donation at buildthefutureusa.org. We are accepting any and all end-of-the-year contributions. Every dollar helps get us closer to our goal!
Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm. We can’t wait to see you there and create more unforgettable memories together.
Phillip, Clive & Baylee