Giving back is always satisfying. However, I am not a fan of giving back in a void. What I mean by this is that I am happier supporting a cause where I can tangibly see the results. I like to know that my energies and finances are being put to good use and lives are being affected in a positive way.
One such organisation is Lavender in Lavender Hill. This year the Food Bloggers Indaba supported Lavender with a charity auction which took place at the end of the conference. I bid on a hamper from Tangled Tree and won!
The hamper included:
Fabric paint and sweet lollies
A unique handmade Tangled Tree apron (or pinny as the Cowboy calls it)
A pair of Glider polarised sunglasses worth R450 – perfect for outdoor activity such as mountain biking and trail running. But since you wouldn’t catch me doing either, I use it when I’m out walking the pooches and getting my own exercise.
A stunning neckpiece from Miglio jewellery worth R800 – The Miglio brand was started in 1981 by Jenny and Mike Miller in a tiny studio workshop in Somerset West and launched as a direct selling company in 1996. Fast forward to 2012 and the Miglio brand is available internationally.
And the full range of wines from Tangled Tree -Tropical Sauvignon Blanc; Butterscotch Chardonnay; Moscato Rose; Spicy Shiraz and Chocolate Cabernet Sauvignon (YUM!) The Tangled Tree range is part of the popular Von Loveren family and the wines are unique is they are bottled in environmentally friendly PET bottles.
This via the Tangled Tree website: “The fully recyclable, unbreakable PET bottle generates 50% less greenhouse emissions during the manufacturing process and enables wine lovers to enjoy a glass of their favourite tipple where glass bottles were previously not allowed (think picnics, hikes, river-rafting and music concerts).Using the innovative Treefree label, which is made from 100% renewable sugar cane fibre, gives further credence to their love of Nature.”
My favourite thus far…The chocolate cab which I had this evening with lamb stew and truffled mash.
About Lavender in Lavender Hill
Lavender Hill is a gang ridden area of the Cape Flats. The aim of the Lavender project is to populate Lavender Hill with lavender and by so doing create a Social Artwork and an Urban Farm for the production of lavender products. The idea is to reclaim the land and turn it into something beautiful, something that can uplift the community and instill pride.
There was nothing floral or friendly about Lavender Hill for many many years, but recently the streets are starting to pop with purple colour (especially in the Cape winter…with all the rain, the lavender bushes are thriving).
This charity appeals to me as I want to be involved with a local, tangible project and, as a creative, I like the idea of creating something beautiful that uplifts and provides a source of revenue. If you’re interested in getting involved, you can – Donate a plant for R25 – Gift a Love Plant for a special occasion – Have a lavender workshop – Company planting day – Lavender Power Schools – Donate cuttings from your personal lavender bush – Volunteer – Intern (in community or with management)
Or contact the CEO and Project Manager, Marcelle van Zyl at firstname.lastname@example.org