A Spring of Hope, a South Florida foundation since 2007, hosted their annual Gala, â€œThe Power of Hope.â€ A Spring of Hope partners with rural schools in South Africa to provide them with clean water for drinking, vegetable gardens, and sanitation. Through these efforts they strive to improve health conditions, combat poverty, promote education, and create self-sustainability. They build long-term relationships with partner schools to support them in a variety of efforts including after school programs and economic development projects. South African team maintains contact with each of partner schools to ensure that each school gets closer to their own goals. To-date, they have supported 25 rural schools in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa.
Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, daughter of the late Nelson Mandela is the Gala guest of honor. Dr. Mandela holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Social Work, an Honors and Masterâ€™s degree in Sociology and a Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Mandela was the chairperson of Nozala Investments (Pty) Ltd and became chairperson of Afripack during 2005. She was intricately involved in the development of a substantial investment portfolio within Nozala and the use of these funds in the economic uplift and empowerment of women in South Africa. She is currently the Chairwoman of House of Mandela, which includes a portfolio of South Africa produced wines.
This Gala featured an elegant South African inspired dinner; lobster tails and guinea fowl, full open bar, wine pairing of House of Mandela wines, live and silent auctions. Auction items included a spectacular all inclusive 10 day trip to South Africa featuring 5-star luxury safari accommodations at Royal Malewane and Thornybush, gorgeous ocean view resort of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in Cape Town, impressive Flagship Hotel, private tour of Robben Island with a former inmate of Nelson Mandela, special tour of Stellenbosch, and private dinner with renowned South African Chef Sophia Lindop. Rare signed prints of Nelson Mandela were also presented.
Photos by: Zoe Zielinski