This year Lourensford brings a brand new and exciting black tie event to the calendar. The first ever HGG Lourensford Gala for Good aims to bring celebrities, business and charitable work together in aid of the Masincedane Community Service’s remarkable caring, training, employment preparation & upliftment projects in the Helderberg community.
The event features Celebrity lifestyle-and-events TV personality Aleit (Swanepoel) as host, with executive celebrity chef Gustaaf Boshoff & award-winning Lourensford winemaker Hannes Nel each presenting their pairing choices in turn. The S.A Singing & Violin sensation, Renate (who has performed with international artists such as Michael Buble) will be performing live and unplugged. There will also be a Living art installation, a Silent Auction and Mercedes-Benz display.These all serve to complete what promises to be a sensational evening aimed at bringing much-needed support to the greater helderberg community via the remarkable #projectmasi initiative. #GALAFORGOOD
About Masincedane (Founded 1992)
Masincedane Community Service was founded in 1992 as a concerned response to the needs of the people then living in the informal settlement at Waterkloof in the Helderberg area. The initial needs, as identified by the Waterkloof community, included employable skills training and health services.
During October 1995 the organisation presented the first training courses but soon realised that skills training was needed after care as the learners could not find nor keep jobs. This resulted in the launch of Masi’s employment agency (training & linking workers with employers) and which has since grown into a well utilised facility in the Helderberg area. The organisation also continued with their Home Based Care (health care) activities and in 1998 the Department of Health (PAWC) subsidised the first group of 8 workers. Food Preparation training now forms part of Masi’s Home Based Care program.
The number of Home Based Care workers now employed by Masincedane in partnership with the Department of Health has grown to more than 100. These carers are supervised by 5 professional nurses in partnership with the Department of Health. In addition to Home Based Care Masincedane became responsible in 2012 for the Department of Health HIV/TB program in the Helderberg. The HIV/TB program involves some 70 workers. Some work in Public Health Clinics as Counsellors whilst others work in the community giving support to HIV+and TB clients.