Children in the township of Slangspruit in South Africa will be benefiting from funds raised at the fourth annual I See Hope fundraiser at the Royal Colwood Golf Club on Oct. 16.

Colwood fundraiser Oct. 16 benefits South African students

International internship opportunities are available

Basic education is often taken for granted in Canada. But it is not something taken lightly by one Victoria-based grassroots organization.

As a project of the Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA), Ukulapha Community Outreach is raising money for and building education-related infrastructures in the small township of Slangspruit in South Africa.

Ukulapha founder, Carolyn Burns, said many of the students are orphans who have lost parents to diseases like AIDS and tuberculosis.

“It’s a very improvised area,” Burns said but programs like their’s are helping to improve resources in the area. “We have a much further reach at the school. We not only touch the children but also the community.”

To help fund all of this work, Ukulapha is hosting its fourth annual I See Hope fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Royal Colwood Golf Club.

The evening will kick off around 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction while guests mingle and sip wine from an Okanagan vineyard. A gala buffet will be served just after 7 p.m., followed by desserts and a live auction.

Victoria resident Burns said there are a number of fabulous items in both auctions, including a seven-night cruse for two to Tahiti.

The night will end with a performance by The Legends, playing rock and roll favourites from the 1950s to the 1990s.

“We’re hoping to raise as much as possible,” she said, promising the night to be a memorable one. “This is for the children.”

Ukulapha, named for the Zulu word for “healing,” has been building relationships in the Slangspruit township by focusing its work around the area’s school, which supports more than 1,000 students.

It also partnered with another Canadian group to introduce a nutrition program at the school which provides younger students with a glass of milk in the morning and includes a protein for all children with their midday meal.

“For a lot of the children, it could be be the only meal they get in the day,” Burns said.

Besides working with the school’s committed teachers and principal, she said, Ukulapha is also developing a computer centre to engage the community, part of a bigger plan for the building.

But Ukulapha isn’t just providing opportunities for students overseas. They also host Canadian interns for six months at a time to work in the Slangspruit township, through VIDEA, and are currently accepting applications from anyone under the age of 30.

“It’s really cool. It makes a huge difference at the school,” Burns said.

Tickets for the gala are still available and cost $95 per person. For more information go to or email

Just Posted

Pipeline protestors plan march as Trudeau gives Trans Mountain the go-ahead,

20 kilometre march to protest the pipeline starts in Victoria, ends on Saanich Peninsula

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail re-opens after lengthy repairs

The trail has been closed since February

Province invests $2.7 million in Indigenous teacher education training

Money to go towards teacher spots and Indigenous teaching practices

Province promises July policy changes to help break cycle of poverty in B.C.

Families providing room and board to kin will no longer be financially penalized

Jeff Montgomery claims another Strawberry Cup at Western Speedway

Langford-based Montgomery family has deep roots at the track

BREAKING: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Ginger Goodwin’s Cumberland cemetery grave desecrated

Just days before the Miners Memorial weekend, Ginger Goodwin’s grave has been… Continue reading

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

UPDATE: Two-year-old involved in Chilliwack pool drowning has died

Toddler was reported to not be breathing as air ambulance called out Thursday afternoon

Police make arrest after report of a man brandishing a gun at Campbell River-area lake

43-year-old man from the Comox area has since been charged with multiple offences

B.C. high school withdraws notices for temporary dress code

Parents previously told the Interior News they felt there was inadequate consultation over the rules

VIDEO: Toronto Raptors announcer credited with calming crowds after shooting

Matt Devlin, the Raptors’ play-by-play announcer since 2008, was praised for preventing panic from spreading

Most Read