Creating spaces for celebration and touchpoints for donors

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Leonard and Dorothy Sank, Mendy and Gabbi Vogel

Committed philanthropists — both new and longstanding — filled The Lookout on Monday 25th February for the launch of the United Jewish Campaign’s (UJC) 2019 community fundraising campaign. The donors re-energised and committed their support to ensure the well-being of our precious community and its 35 beneficiaries.

With Stephen Koseff as the keynote speaker and new musical act Jubuntu featuring Khayelitsha Black Mambazo entertaining the crowds, an electric atmosphere of community pride and generosity was palpable throughout the room. Creating spaces for celebration and touch points for donors is critical for the UJC. The 2019 campaign launch focused on the importance of community pride and collaboration. 

Stephen Koseff, co-founder and former CEO of Investec captured the attention of the crowd with his talk From Success to Significance, my Personal Journey, where he described how he founded and grew Investec from humble beginnings to an internationally recognised financial institution and a leading player in the South African market. He described his future plans to re-build South Africa, assisting our President in growing our economy. Stephen shared his ups and downs building Investec, as well as his astute observations of the trends and patterns of the South African economic landscape. His journey left the crowd with much to think about and a feeling of hope in these tumultuous times.

At the UJC, we are grateful to our community of donors who keep our beneficiaries thriving and able to offer incredible services to those in our community who need it the most. We would like to thank our generous sponsors: The Eric & Sheila Samson Foundation, Investec, Dischem, ENS Africa, Mazars, Pick n Pay, Berman Bros and Chivas. Merle Rubin, once again, outdid herself with the delicious food she provided. Veronica and Flower at Petals — thank you for your unbelievable support and creation of the event!

We look forward to a successful 2019 where we will hopefully get to connect with each and every one of you. Make sure you continue to #FollowTheSeed throughout the year; this community education campaign will continue to feature every one of our 35 beneficiaries. Join us on the journey!

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