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This past weekend was the second annual VSAFF. The event included the opening gala fundraiser, as well as a host of other films from South Africa.

The event has been for the most part a success, with us raising lots of dollars (rands) through ticket sales, the gala, sponsors, and one off donations from film patrons.

My role in the festival has consisted largely of setting up the ticket management system – hardly a simple task! The system saved us a considerable amount of time as it handled all of the pre-event tocket sales for us, and also helped expose the festival to a wider audience; however, the back end of the ticket site was nothing short of a nightmare, and then add the fact that it took on a mind of its own once the event started….

Anyway, the opening gala had over four hundred patrons, and despite all the problems with the ticket system, we still managed to get everyone happily through the doors and into their seats! – pheww!

Tickets and galas aside, I had the chance to meet Vimbai. Let me say she is amazing, and has everyone so impressed. We are so fortunate to have such a motivated, intelligent, and creative young woman doing such great work on the ground in Cape Town – students, Vimbai is your role model!

Vimbai and I will meet up next week to have a chat about arts projects, books, and how to get students more involved in getting their creative work out (stories, photography, drawing, painting, poetry, music, etc). Looking forward to this!

Well, gotta go, Johnny Clegg film is playing, and I’d like to sneak in and see a bit of it.

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This evening, after leaving the office late, I was tempted head straight home and go to bed early. This past week I’ve had very little sleep; the unfortunate juxtaposition of my obssession with early morning starts, and my partner’s obligation to study well into the morning hours for his Ph. D. Call it burning the candle from both ends.

An early Friday night seemed awfully tempting on a cold and rainy winter’s night, but in the end I stuck to a promise I had made myself earlier in the week, that I would go to synagogue to practice my Hebrew and connect with my community. Now don’t get me wrong, I am about as religious as an apple can be an orange; however, religious event aside, there is something special about being part of a community, being connected to people of similar backgrounds and interests.

Community is important. It connects people together to a common project to better their lives and the lives of the people who live around them. Education without Borders’ mission is to empower parents, teachers, and students to build a community around their schools. The long term objective is not just education, it is also to create a community around the schools EwB supports.

Yet EwB also indirectly helps build community amongst South Africans living abroad. Our NGO achieves this by offering meaningful cultural and fundraising projects (such as the Vancouver South African Film Festival) that bring expats together in a common cause to help improve the lives of fellow South Africans.

In the end everyone is looking to belong somewhere. We are all in search of a community where we can contribute, and where we feel we belong, and where we can be better human beings. Projects such as EwB help build that sense of community for so many people, whether in  Gugulethu at the start of another school year, or here in Vancouver on a cold raining night.

 

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Rodney, one of our volunteers and supporters, hosts a regular Education without Borders poker fundraising night.

The night includes plenty of beer, refreshments, and prizes. For those who are interested in joining the activities, please contact us at Education without Borders, and we’ll put you onto the mailing list. Activities typically take place at the Shark’s Club in downtown Vancouver.

Participants are not pros, and are out to support a great Canadian-South African charity.

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