Knysna Literary Festival Donates R7 000 to TSiBA Eden
05 Jul 2013
This year’s annual Knysna Literary Festival, the brainchild of Ling Dobson of Pam Golding Properties, drew a record attendance to the wide range of stimulating events from 19-24 March 2013. What makes this Festival more special is that it also supports two wonderful local non-profit organisations. The generosity of sponsors, along with donations and ticket sales assisted beneficiaries, e’Pap, which feeds more than 4 500 children in the Garden Route with a highly nutritious breakfast each school day, and TSiBA Eden, which trains matriculants from rural areas in business skills.
“The Knysna Literary Festival is a perfect way to help young people make the most of their educational opportunities and learn to love reading and writing as much as we do. We are delighted with the outstanding response,” says Festival founder Ling Dobson of Pam Golding Properties. “Now in its fourth year, the Festival is gaining momentum as a major event on the Garden Route calendar. Many guests attended more than one session and several have indicated they plan to join us again next year. Strong support from our sponsors and the public enables us to make substantial donations to our two beneficiaries, the e’Pap Children’s Feeding Project and the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) Eden.”
Sandy Ueckermann, Campus Director of the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) Eden said, ‘we are most grateful to Ling Dobson and her fantastic Knysna Literary Festival team for supporting TSiBA Eden, situated near Knysna, as well as raising R7 000 towards the running of our not-for-profit tertiary business school. It is special that the local community support us as we are a community-focused institution which awards students full tuition scholarships to study full-time. TSiBA does not ask students to pay back their tuition, but rather to ‘Pay it Forward’ in their communities transferring their skills learned to make a difference. In this way TSiBA’s mission to ‘ignite opportunity’ in South Africa is realised with the support of individuals like Ling Dobson.’
Festival sponsors included Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), Conrad Pezula, Spar, Exclusive Books, Group Editors, Action Ads, Jane Simon Wine Ambassador and Ataraxia Wines. Bamboo Guest House, Leisure Isle Lodge, Hide-Away Guest House and Protea Hotel Knysna Quays provided accommodation for authors participating in the Festival.