Heritage Day High Tea for Nal’ibali

BY JESICA SLABBERT - SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

A fundraiser hosted by Varsity College in support for the Nal’ibali campaign, a campaign to support reading for enjoyment to help spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading, was held in the form of a Heritage Day High Tea on Saturday at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

“We started with a cry from children, when they were saying ‘read to me’, because people were not telling stories,” said Malusi Puwe, a Nal’ibali Literacy Mentor for the Eastern Cape.

“When we say ‘story power’ as Nal’ibali, we are talking to parents. It is your duty as a parent to make sure you read for your children. This year we have started doping another campaign, which is called ‘Funda reader campaign’, which is why we have this magnificent partner that is Varsity College.”

The Funda reader campaign aims to take the ownership of literacy activities to a person’s home. They are trying to make sure that everyone understands that literacy is important and promoting the creation of book clubs and reading groups in local community clinics.

The fundraiser was aimed at achieving a goal of raising R55 000 for the campaign, and after Saturday’s High Tea they had managed to pass their goal.