Getting Involved in the ONE to ONE Event
In the 38 years of ONE to ONE being the communal initiative it has proved itself to be an important aspect has been of using volunteers from the general public to act as “friends” to share the delights of the fun fair with the guests… people with an intellectual disability. That sharing and caring experience has made a profound and positive effect on many over many years. So much so that having acted as “friends”: and come away with great appreciation and humility that that role has brought as they imparted that ethic on their young families. And thus today many involved at ONE to ONE in many different roles, be it as service or social organisation member, are now joined by their children in this magical event and take great pride in witnessing their involvement . The aspect of serving one’s community thus is being passed from father to sun or mother to daughter. It augurs well for the future of ONE to ONE in particular. But involvement is not confined just within South Africa. There was in the 2019 event an example, this time with a family from overseas how being of the ONE to ONE family is long lasting. Niels a nursing sister now resident of Australia and ONE to ONE go back a long time.
Pauline Niels was involved with this magical communal initiative as long ago as 1981.Then she was one of volunteer “friends” who stepped forward to volunteer her time in being a “friend” at this new , different, challenge that came the way of the community of Cape Town viz to be a friend to a person with an intellectual disability. Never before had the community been invited to have contact with those with an intellectual disability. Pauline like many other Capetonians responded to the invitation extended in the print media.
And Niels this year had a hand in making the beautiful bean bags for the Newlands Lions Club that were give a-ways. So once one gets involved….one stays involved !
ONE to ONE gives one the opportunity of a tangible commitment of assistance in a number of ways from which the rewards of satisfaction and “feel good” feelings are real! It is not tokenism but sincere support and help.
The aspect of being a “friend” is central to the philosophy of the project. Without “friends” there would be no ONE to ONE .
Sharing and caring are part of the very essence of the day's success!
One to One is a Public Spirited Event of Social Responsibility.
The challenge is therefore to corporate groups of Cape Town who champion social responsibility to be actively involved. Sponsorship can be a visible presence too. There is no reason whatsoever why corporates could not get involved in the same way as the ordinary people. A stall, emblazoned with corporate branding and manned by staff joining in the fun of the day will be tangible evidence of the social responsibility ethos. Take the challenge and join in!!
Your participation can take various forms:
- You can become a ”friend “
- You can become a stall holder with a lke-minded group of frineds or colleagues
- You can become a sponsor and support this public spirited and magical initiative!
Whatever the form, the involvement takes is one’s own choice. That involvement really makes a difference in the lives of others less fortunate.
1) Becoming a "Friend"
If you would like to be a “friend” for this event, please get in touch. You get the opportunity to offer one-on-one guidance and friendship for a day or part of the day to someone less fortunate, while enjoying the event and the entertainment. Anyone older than 13 years and physically able to manage the caring responsibilities can volunteer. Without that individual present to share the enjoyment, the event won’t be the same.Become a friend
2) Becoming a Stall Holder
You could choose to manage a games stall as a group of individuals, or an organisation, school or student body, or as a corporate group representing the organisation and thereby get exposure for this public spirited effort.Become a stall holder
3) Becoming a Sponsor
You could choose as a public spirited individual or corporate body to be a sponsor to assist in covering the considerable costs in the organisation. Whilst the participating organisations pay a levy per stall, more funding is required, thus sponsors are invited to consider assisting.Become a sponsor
This unique event has grown significantly over the years and we invite you to become part of the magic that is ONE to ONE!
For more information about us or to get involved, please get in touch.