Eskom raises over R324,000 for children charities

The Eskom Development Foundation hosted its annual Women's Month charity fundraiser and over R324 000 was raised for the two beneficiaries Reach for a Dream and the Smile Foundation.

Every year the Eskom Development Foundation (NPC) hosts this charity fundraiser in order to celebrate women and raise funds for a nominated national charity organisation that works with the more vulnerable members of society like the elderly and children.

The Foundation is tasked with implementing Eskom's corporate social investment projects and aims to assist the communities in which it operates through sustainable interventions that focus on enterprise development, education, environment, food security and agriculture, healthcare and social development.

This year the Foundation chose to support charities that work with children to brighten their lives and the event was attended by over 500 women, all there with one aim to contribute to these charities.

Reach for a Dream offers children with terminal illness the chance of realising one of their dreams. Whether it's a ride on a motorbike or a visit to the aquarium Reach for a Dream can make it happen by helping to distract these children from the needles and hospitals and helping to inspire them.

The Smile Foundation is another special organisation that works with children with facial conditions. They offer free reconstructive surgery to children with facial paralysis and conditions like cleft palates.

They work with a network of academic hospitals and have to date helped over 1000 children smile for the first time.

Joy & Jewels is not only an opportunity to raise funds for a good cause but a chance to celebrate women and enjoy a relaxed afternoon, delicious food and great entertainment.

Haylene Liberty, Eskom Development Foundation CEO, says: "Joy & Jewels is one of the highlights on the Eskom social calendar and this year was another resounding success. It is always important to reflect on the gains that women have made and celebrate the dynamic women that make this country tick. I love that Joy & Jewels allows us to do that while also raising money for two very special causes and the event is enhanced y the generosity of the many sponsors who make available items for auction."

The highlight of every Joy & Jewels is the auction and this year did not disappoint with a great range of experiences on auction. From a murder mystery themed party right through to tickets to the Dave Matthew's band in concert in December, the ladies bid on some truly unique experiences.

Loyiso fans clamoured for the opportunity to enjoy a dinner with the music star while one happy lady walked away with fabulous jewellery set from Charles Greig.

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