The Table Bay Hotel demonstrates its community involvement

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Every year, the various CSI projects that have developed over the years by the Table Bay Hotel increase in number and in importance. Involvement from management and staff is critical and often projects are initiated by staff through their own eagerness to bring the hotel closer into the community. Throughout the years – 13 to be exact – that the hotel has been in operation the reach of initiatives, projects and once-off assistance, has grown, opening hearts and eyes to the truth of those really in need.

2010 is no different to previous years – the number and scale of our Corporate Social Investment projects has only increased! We are continually focusing on establishing an infrastructure that contributes to the uplifting of communities through the transfer of financial assistance, skills training and education with the aim of creating sustainable and viable projects.

StreetSmart is a fundraising initative that contributes directly towards the upliftment of street children to live a productive life in society.  The Table Bay Hotel restaurants actively support this programme by displaying the StreetSmart cards in all their restaurants and informing patrons that a voluntary R5.00 donation will be added to their bills.

Now called the House of Hope, the Siyakhathala Soup Kitchen, was started to feed school children after class, the homeless and poverty stricken and since its inception has grown by leaps and bounds.  Margaret and Eddie Johnson (an employee of the Table Bay Hotel) are now feeding over 100 school children every day with the help of generous food and time donations made possible by the Table Bay Hotel.

For over 11 years, The Homestead has benefited from the generosity of the Table Bay Hotel.  The organisation facilitates and cares for street children between the ages of 6 – 16 years old and the Table Bay Hotel assists with funding, food, and an annual Christmas party, excursions, and the organisation of their charity functions.  The Homestead with the generous assistance of benefactors, like the Table Bay Hotel, has also created many umbrella projects to assist children facing adversity within their families and communities.

The Nosithembele Training Academy was spearheaded by an astute community member who envisaged the bringing of skills and hope to aspiring, but disadvantaged, entry level chefs.  At the end of 2009, 8 chefs graduated – with the sponsoring of much-needed equipment and the guidance of the Table Bay Hotel’s talented chefs.

Grown from within the Sun International group, the annual Sun City to Table Bay Endurance Cycle has contributed hugely to the funding of Nazareth House.  Departing from the Sun City resort, the cycle is 1,645 kilometres and challenges businesses, individuals and organisations to sponsor the Tour.  Nazareth House is an enduring concern.  The institution focuses on assisting the vulnerable members of our society, including the care and development of children.  Nazareth House also run a hospice for HIV/AIDS patients and the facility grows every year with its support from the Table Bay Hotel.  Funds raised from the cycle are, in part, used to uplift and assist children left destitute and bereft of parents as a direct result of HIV/AIDS.

Blisters for Bread is an annual event in which the Table Bay Hotel part take and every year many employees support this extremely worthy cause.  The project translates into millions of meals for hungry children and it really is about “walking the talk” in the upliftment of our society.

There are other initiatives which require the Table Bay Hotel’s ongoing commitment like the Kingdom of Jewels – a nursery school in need of financial assistance; Athlone North Primary School – who requires the services of a cook in order to feed hungry children and Wababa – where a monthly bursary gives a student the tools to further his or her education.  There is also the WD Hendriks Primary School in impoverished Factreton, whose heart-felt request for assistance for assistance led the Table Bay Hotel to treat the children to a visit from the Easter Bunny, lunch and baskets of Easter eggs – a little human kindness going a long way to making a difference.  The Reach for a Dream Foundation has enjoyed support from the Table Bay Hotel for many years.  The making of dreams for children with life-threatening illnesses is something management and staff feel strongly about and this is their worthy cause.  Annually, our housekeeping department also undertake a cleanup whereby blankets, linen, gowns and slippers are given to the needy.

Greening our environment is also important to the management and staff, and even our guests, at the Table Bay Hotel.  And, what has grown from an initially small project, now approximately 15 trees have been planted at various schools in and around the Western Cape.  Learners from these schools, in association with Food & Trees for Africa, are responsible for the care of the trees.  Walking the talk is critical, and with the motivation of the Heritage Audit, the Table Bay Hotel moved towards a more indigenous garden.  Responding to the global call to action, the Table Bay Hotel turned off their lights to celebrate Earth Hour on 27 March 2010 – in contemplation of our planet.

Our contribution to the upliftment of communities is important for the good of society as a whole.  Our expenditure is extensive but when one takes the time and the dedication into account, a monetary value cannot be placed on the Table Bay Hotel’s corporate social investment.  The hotel believes that it is their passion that allows them to make a difference, where and when it matters most.