The 25th of August marked twenty one years since the death of Amy Biehl and the Amy Biehl Foundation has been instrumental in changing so many young lives and continue to do so daily.
Together changing children’s lives
The Amy Biehl Foundation is a non-profit organisation that offers programmes to develop and empower youth living in challenged and vulnerable communities within the Western Cape. The programmes place a focus on the creative side of the child’s brain, and supplement the shortcomings of the educational system in the townships of South Africa. They provide educational and cultural activities that offer students healthy alternatives in which they live, unlocking their creative talent and creating emotionally well rounded individuals, leaders and entrepreneurs for South Africa.
Amy Biehl as inspiration to all
Amy Elizabeth Biehl was a white American graduate of Stanford University and an Anti-Apartheid activist in South Africa who was murdered by a mob in the township of Gugulethu during the anti-apartheid riots in 1993. Her parents have since embraced her cause and founded the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust to develop and empower youth in the townships. Amy’s legacy has also inspired numerous humanitarian and inspirational work across the globe with the Amy Biehl High School in Albuquerque and the Amy Biehl Community School at Rancho Viejo being named after her.
Amy Biehl Foundation Gala Dinner
To continue the good work that the Amy Biehl Foundation achieves, on Saturday, 1 November, they will be hosting the ninth annual Amy Biehl Foundation Gala Dinner and Auction. Hosted by GrandWest Casino and Headline Leisure Management, this prestigious event will be proudly supported by Lewis Group and Caltex, the retailer of Chevron in South Africa. This year’s line-up includes performances by South Africa’s very own Divine Diva, Aviva Pelham, Africa’s Premiere Mentalist, Larry Soffer, and as always, the Amy Biehl Foundation learners will showcase their talents. The aim of the Gala Dinner is to raise funds for the Foundation, the event having proved hugely successful last year with the Foundation raising in excess of R 745 000.
The Amy Biehl Foundation is one of many organisation that raises funds to provide the necessary support for children growing up in impoverished communities, illustrating the big need for support and volunteer organisations in South Africa.
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