A group of children in the Rawsonville Valley could not believe their
eyes when they clocked into their crèche recently and saw that the
building had been given a colourful facelift. The Tierkloof Crèche,
which cares for the 25 children of workers on The Tierkloof Wine Farm,
received a few colourful coats of paint thanks to uniWines Vineyards,
the Rawsonville-based winery that produces wines from grapes grown on
Fairtrade registered farms, including Tierkloof.
Some 46 staff members from uniWines Vineyards and a number of interested parties set about splashing the Tierkloof Crèche with dabs of colour as part of uniWines Vineyards' commitment to improving worker facilities on the farms from where its grapes are sourced.
"Being a producer of Fairtrade-certified wines which endorses our commitment to the well-being of the communities involved in the production of our wines, uniWines Vineyards' involvement stretches beyond the cellar," says Ferdinand Appel, managing director of uniWines Vineyards.
"The Tierkloof Crèche, which is managed by the farm's Fairtrade Committee, has become an integral part of the farming community, offering a care service to pre-school and school-going children. The façade was, however, looking a bit dull, unable to reflect the joyful spirit of the children who are cared for under its roof. As a team, uniWines Vineyards decided to do something about it. We got the staff together to help with the painting. A few businesses heard of our plans and offered to sponsor the paint and furnishing.
"This was real team-work and a heart-warming reinforcement of the Fairtrade ethos."
According to Appel, other crèches in the vicinity are next in line for a facelift. "The Fairtrade way of thinking is definitely changing communities. Not only through tangible benefits, but also through an agreeable spirit of goodwill among all involved in our respective end-products."
The painting of the Tierkloof project was organised by See-Saw-Do, who also did the design. The paint sponsors included Amorim Cork SA and Worcester-based businesses Penny Pinchers, Standard Bank, Conradie Lawyers and Waterboys. Fresh Ideas Interiors also donated blinds and a brightly coloured couch while the RX Group SA came to the party with tables, chairs, toys, carpets and a micro-wave oven.