5 For Change is an annual black tie fundraiser dedicated to raising awareness about 5 inspiring social enterprises which are changing the way Cape Town gives back.
Each year we select and showcase 5 inspiring organisations chosen for their unique approach to making a difference in the lives of others at our flagship event, an annual black tie fundraiser.
We hope to change the way professionals, entrepreneurs, and other South African opinion leaders think about philanthropy and social change and create a rewarding, fun and enjoyable avenue for people to give back.
We invite you to join us in making a difference.
Change the way you think about philanthropy.
Change the way you give.
5 For Change.
Since 2010, Bridging Abilities have been enriching the lives of people with disabilities through sports and recreation for kids, and exercise groups for adults. Based in Stellenbosch, they have been providing children and adults with disabilities with opportunities to engage in regular physical activity to foster independence through an active and healthy lifestyle. Candace is is a Biokineticist and Toni is a social worker who has Cerebral Palsy.
Code4CT, a Cape Town-based program that introduces high school girls to basic web building skills, exposing them to opportunities in the IT industry. Code4CT aims to inspire and empower a generation of young girls with a tool kit of technical and soft skills to achieve high impact in the work place. By encouraging these girls to use technology to create solutions to social issues, the organisation is shifting expectations and exposing women to what was previously seen as a male-dominated industry.
Founded in 2013 with the aim to inspire, connect and equip young boys from the Imizamo Yethu township community of Hout Bay, iKasi Youth has been empowering the youth to lead the way out of poverty. Their after school program is practical, results-oriented and holistic, and aims to drive positive change, whilst being a model that can be adopted globally. They combine leadership, life skills and academic support to change the lives of others and their mission is to create a replicable solution to the challenge of after school development of township youth in South Africa.
Lumkani, a social enterprise which has developed a low cost fire detector and system to address the challenge of shack/slum fires globally. Lumkani is a tech start up with one vision: to minimise the loss of life and property caused by slum fires in SA and across the globe. Lumkani aims to create positive social impact by increasing safety and security for shack-dwellers using technology based systems that provide early warnings. Their devices use heat detection instead of smoke detection to sense fires, as most food and light in informal settlements is prepared using tools that emit smoke. Their networked temperature technology accurately measures incidences of harmful fires from a distance, alerting families inside shacks nearby if their homes or lives will be in danger.
Township Roots makes a difference with educational and physical initiatives for students in at-risk communities in Nyanga and Philippi where there is a high rate of crime. With a high school drop out rate and lack of sports development and facilities, these youth have been affected drastically. As a result, highly capable and motivated performers often enter spheres of gang-sterism and crime or give up on their future completely. Their goal is to promote safe, free, fun and memorable academic performance within schools, and to encourage the culture of excellence that we hope for in our young leaders.