Great AGM last night! Our Chair, Ian McMahon, and Secretary, Andrew Massyn, gave us a really positive report on what the Pride Shelter Trust has been up to, particularly in terms of fundraising. And they also highlighted some exciting plans for the future. In addition, three new people officially joined the Board - Ndumie Funda Moroeng, Charles Whiley and Andrew Howard.
The Pride Shelter Trust is very pleased to announce the addition to the Board of Nondumiso “Ndumie” Funda.
Ndumie is a 40-year-old lesbian activist who, in 2008, founded Luleki Sizwe, an organisation that rescues and supports lesbian women in the township areas of Cape Town who have been the victims of 'corrective rape'. She formed the organisation after the tragic deaths (in 2005 and 2007 respectively) from AIDS of her friend Luleka Makiwane and fiancée Nosizwe Bizana, both of whom contracted the disease while being raped because of their sexuality.
Ndumie is widely recognised as an exceptional activist in her field, receiving international acclaim. In February 2014, she was bestowed with the medal of Knight of the French National Order of Merit (Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite de la République Française) by the French Ambassador to South Africa, Elizabeth Barbier, in recognition of her work fighting for LGBTI rights.
We are honoured to welcome Ndumie to the Board of the Pride Shelter Trust.
The Pride Shelter Trust is delighted to announce an amazing food sponsorship deal with Spar Supermarket in Tableview, whereby foodstuffs that have reached their sell-by dates will now be donated to the Pride Shelter. The fridges and freezers at the shelter are now jam-packed! The amount of money this will save us will be of huge benefit to the PST and the shelter's residents. Thanks Spar Tableview!!
Earlier today, we were extremely grateful to receive a donation of R2,810 from local tennis group LGBTI Open Cape Town. The money was raised during the annual LGBTI Tennis Tournament, which took place at the Green Point Tennis Club over the weekend of the 27th and 28th September.
Today, Wednesday 1st October, the Pride Shelter's Matron, Jan, and Board member, Andrew Howard, went to The Carpenter's Shop in Roeland Street in Cape Town to take part in their Wellness Day. The event brought together organisations which work to improve the lives of those less fortunate, including the homeless.
It was a great opportunity to network with like-minded people and raise awareness of the Pride Shelter and what it does to support LGBTI people in crisis. We made some great new contacts, including Cape Mental Health.
The Pride Shelter Trust Board and Community Members.