During the past 6 years through the SA Bachelor & Bachelorette competition we have raised awareness, products and services and funds in excess of R750 000 for various charities. NGO’s we supported in the past include: Jacaranda and Louis Botha Children’s Homes, Berg-en-Dal, Foodbank SA, Amadea Safe house, Cansa and their TLC Homes.
As always we will continue supporting childhood and breast cancer awareness and research. In South Africa, less than half of the children affected are diagnosed at an early stage and reach a treatment center in time. Many are diagnosed at an advanced stage of cancer with poorer treatment outcomes and almost half are never diagnosed and so do not receive any treatment. We are committed to childhood cancer support and awareness and believe ill children need and deserve as happy and normal a childhood as possible.
Our focus will remain on children and youth. In essence, we as a society are failing our children. Last year the competition started a countrywide charity- and awareness initiative, the TALK Initiative, based on Tolerance, Appreciation, Literacy and Kindness- to assist in building a more kind and gracious nation. This year we will continue with this initiative by assisting various NGO’s and continue our community outreach projects countrywide.
In 2014 COPPERSTONE started the Survivor Shoot, a project we are very proud of. Our aim is to uplift and boost the spirits of ladies who have survived breast cancer. Once a year we take a few very deserving ladies, spoil them to a weekend away including a beauty make-over and a professional photo-shoot, celebrating their beauty and strength. They also do a video-shoot where they in return share their stories to inspire people currently battling the illness. This year the shoot gets a new name- the past survivors taught us a very valuable lesson, it is not about surviving, it is about believing and HOPE. From this year our shoot will be named the HOPE Shoot.