BOTSHOBELO:

In 2016, Caxton Joburg North staff responded to the international call to do something for 67 minutes in honour of Madiba by visiting Botshabelo in Midrand.
Botshabelo has been established for 16 years as a non-profit organisation which uplifts more than 600 beneficiaries each year through their babies home, preschool and teacher training programmes. The Midrand Reporter team donated a fridge, baby products and clothing to the charity. The team first established what Botshabelo’s needs were and then headed out to obtain the goods. The fridge was donated by Hirsch’s Fourways and the Caxton Joburg North staff members either donated R67 to buy the clothes and baby products or volunteered their time on the day in order to make it a huge success.

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PITCH & POLISH:

In 2017, Caxton Joburg North partnered with Raizcorp for their annual empowerment event. This brings young underprivileged individuals from different areas around Johannesburg together to ‘pitch’ the perfect business idea to a panel of judges. During this, they are groomed on how to conduct themselves for success. Finalists are then chosen for the ultimate Pitch & Polish winner. Dejané Poil, head of Caxton’s marketing team said that Caxton partnered with the initiative to help uplift and serve its local community and readers. Not only that, but Caxton local media is offering the winner of the business course R20 000 worth of advertising for their new venture.

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DONATE A PAIR INITIATIVE:

During the 2015 Spar Women’s Race, Caxton Greater Joburg North noticed many children participating in the race without shoes. These ‘barefoot’ runners came from disadvantaged schools in Johannesburg. Since being directly involved in the Spar Women’s Race, Caxton Joburg North along with Spar, decided to run the ‘Drop a pair and show you care’ initiative with hopes of giving back to those in need and also supply running shoes to those who wish to join the race this year.

Last year, hundreds of pairs of shoes were kindly donated and handed out to schoolchildren in Alexandra and Berea. Caxton Joburg North’s Business Manager, Norman Dawe said the donation was a long-term initiative aimed at supporting rising athletic stars and together with Spar, the company is proud to be the driving force behind this.
Spar’s Marlene Gunter said the initiative would involve other schools in the future. “It’s a wonderful opportunity and great motivation for these children to get and remain fit, which is also essential when tackling school work productively,” said Gunter.

René Kalmer, a Roodepoort resident and Spar Women’s Race runner, said the donation was a way of giving the needy some resources they could use to develop their careers as runners. “In the process, they are keeping themselves healthy and are able to lead balanced lives if they also commit to their schoolwork. Sports can open more doors when complemented with education,” Kalmer said. Old shoes in good condition can be dropped off at the collection bin at 368 Jan Smuts Avenue, Caxton House and 1187 Cornelius Street, Weltevreden Park. We aim at continuing this initiative annually to keep feet warm and active.

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TOP COP
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This Fourways Review initiative together with the Douglasdale CPF joined forces to thank our local heroes in blue.
To celebrate the Douglasdale police and thank them for keeping the community safe, Top Cop was initiated to award them for all their hard work. The five categories are: Best Detective for those who put their lives in jeopardy to solve dangerous cases; Best Shift for the most hardworking team; Best Support for the administrative team who keep things together behind the scenes; Best Visible Policing (internal) for the women and men who work hard within the station walls to assist and help the public wherever they can; and lastly Best Visible Policing (external) for the ‘cops’ we see daily, helping civilians on the streets bringing criminals to justice. Each month the top performers from each sector goes into a pool of nominees where one of the five is selected as Top Cop of the month with the monthly winner awarded R 3 000. At the end of the year, 10 ‘Top Cops’ vie for the ultimate ‘Top Cop of the Year’ award and potentially walks away with a R25 000 cash prize thanks to the project’s main prize sponsor, Auto & General.

*The initiative was originally started by former group editor, Megan Tyack who worked on the project in the Vaal for Mooivaal Media. She later gave the project a reboot with the Fourways Review in 2016.

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KIDNEY ASSOCIATION:

The Sandton Chronicle took up the challenge to help the Kidney Association of Johannesburg  celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017. Together with the power of the Sandton Chronicle, the KAJ aims to fill all 400 seats at the Big Top Rock show at the Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia. As media partners, the Sandton Chronicle aims to promote kidney health awareness and help raise money for the initiative and the hundreds of sick patients the association cares for annually.