21 December 2018

Reflect on 2018 with Stellar Foundation

The end of the year is around the corner and it’s time to look back on 2018 to see what we’ve accomplished and how far we’ve come. In this month’s newsletter we’ll be taking a look at the projects we’ve worked on during the year and also talk about our ongoing projects and how you can contribute towards them.

From our side we would like to thank each and every one that was part of the Stellar Foundation during 2018. Whether you donated time, money or even just shared one of our posts on Facebook - thank you so much. Every bit goes a long way towards ensuring the success of our projects.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
At the beginning of 2018 Olli Lindsten and Tomas Lönnberg from Norex in Finland paid us a visit! They had the opportunity to view our vineyards in Koekenaap from a helicopter and got treated to breakfast with an ocean view. After their trip they paid a visit to Steilhoogte Primary, a local school that forms part of Stellar Foundation’s community projects.

Norex made a donation to the school and it was used to build the extra classroom which is used for skills development. The children also received scissors with the image of the beloved Finnish character Moomin!
On Saturday, 24 February Stellar Judo Club hosted the West Coast Judo Open in Vredendal. This was the first time the West Coast Open was held in Vredendal, and a first for Stellar Foundation’s Judo Club as hosts. Those in attendance will agree that it was worth all the effort and stress and according to Gert Loubser, chairperson of the Stellar Judo Club, SET spokesperson and Stellar liaison officer, they have received a lot of compliments for the way they hosted the competition. 

Read more about the competition here and watch the video here.
During May our Stellar Winery clinic gave special attention to anti-smoking awareness, to coincide with World No Tobacco Day on 31 May. We educated employees on the dangers of smoking and gave them advice on how to quit. During June we provided health education regarding HIV/AIDS awareness as well as information about alcohol and substance abuse. The safety of the employees at Stellar Winery is very important to us and that is why we provide regular safety training to ensure they are informed about protecting their health and well-being.
One of our latest projects, the ‘Steilhoogte iPad Project’, involves assisting the local primary school, Steilhoogte Primary, with fundraising to purchase 30 iPads for their senior class. Mr Manus Spamer, principal of the school, explained that many of the learners struggle with reading and writing skills and with numeracy skills. 

Today’s technology will provide them with near unlimited possibilities to address these learning restrictions and enrich every learner as much as possible.“Today there are so many apps you could use in the classroom that will help learners to overcome learning disabilities and improve their proficiency, but without the necessary equipment, it will not be possible for us to implement them,” says Mr Spamer.

Read more about the project here.
Stellar Winery is fair trade certified according to Fair for Life standards and ensures the employees at Stellar Winery work in the best possible working conditions. With the purchase of new equipment, we employ and train more staff than ever. Technology has not had a negative affect on employee retention. On the contrary, the overall and general well-being of the workforce has improved. 

Read more here.
At the Stellar Foundation we are involved in a wide variety of projects that contribute to making our community a better place. Our projects, the people we help and our supporters are our main focus areas at the foundation. If you would like to get involved, want more information or are looking to help out in any way, visit our website or our social media profiles.
Our address is:
Stellar Foundation
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21 Pepper Street
3rd Floor, Cape Living Development Building
Cape Town
South Africa

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