When not making wine, we try to do some good for the people in our beautiful Du Toitskloof wine region. A lot of good, actually. And we don’t try, we do it.
It is a well-known fact that we are the country’s largest producer of Fairtrade-certified wine, making our credentials as a responsible employer non-negotiable. But now, together with drinks company DGB Du Toitskloof has taken another big step in improving the lives of the people in our community.
Last Friday a get-together was held at the winery to announce this project: the Du Toitskloof-DGB Mobile Library. Why a library, and why mobile?
Firstly because we identified nine primary schools in our region who seriously need library facilities and reading material. The resources for these items are just not there. And secondly, a mobile library will ensure that the books and reading matter will get to each of the nine schools on a two-weekly basis.
Books, yes, but also computers connected to the internet as well as the “Eye Gym” learning system developed by Dr Sherylle Calder of international sporting fame.
Over 1000 primary school kids will be exposed to a whole new world. Things that other kids take for granted, such as illustrated children’s books, computers and a comfortable chair to sit in while reading, will roll onto the school premises on a regular basis. We truly believe that this will unleash the potential of our area’s children, empowering them with the insight, vision and creativity they need to take on the world.
They deserve it all, and from February next year a new era begins.