For the 18th consecutive year, leading brand experience agency, VWV, has supported The Hamlet Foundation by staging its annual awards ceremony and fundraising banquet. Hosted at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, this year's event was an enormous success with over 350 corporate and public guests giving generously.
Choir Mistress Antonella Hart and The Hamlet School Choir
Representatives from Sechaba Medical Solutions – a primary sponsor of The Hamlet
Singing sensations, ‘The Supremes’, keep guests entertained at The Hamlet annual banquet
Founded in 1954, The Hamlet Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that cares for intellectually challenged children and adults in and around Johannesburg. Donating time, equipment and expertise, the VWV team delivered an evening that touched the heart and soul of every guest and supporter of the establishment.
The agency's involvement with The Hamlet dates back nearly two decades and Willem Grobbelaar, the VWV project manager, adds, "Recognising that The Hamlet Foundation is funded by the generosity of others, VWV wanted to contribute what we do best. Through our work, we've found a way to honour those whose lives have limitations, recognising them and celebrating the courage and grace with which they embrace the challenge of everyday life.
"Although this is a CSI project, VWV treats The Hamlet as any other paying client and the dedication of our staff to this project is awe-inspiring. All the hard work put into this event is in no way different to any other event that we stage," affirms Grobbelaar.
The gala evening was MC'd by popular radio and television personality, Penny Lebanye. Entertainment included a moving musical piece by The Hamlet choir and a glitzy performance by 'The Supremes' - who were directed by respected musical director, Clifford Cooper.
As part of fundraising initiatives, children from the foundation produced wonderfully creative paintings and drawings that were sold on the evening, along with beautifully branded pens and Hamlet art notebooks. The children and adults who will benefit from the money raised at the event are among those who are victims of genetic flaws, birth complications and drug abuse by mothers during pregnancy.
"As astute members of society who are in control of our lives, it is our responsibility to assist those less fortunate. With this in mind, I feel proud to be part of a company with a warm and generous heart," concludes Grobbelaar.
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