When it comes to giving back to the community, VOASA members are doing their bit to help children who are born into abject poverty to have a shot at life.
This is achieved through a long-standing relationship with Christel House, a school situated in Cape Town that caters for disadvantaged youngsters. The school is all about breaking the cycle of poverty by allowing children who might otherwise face an uphill battle in life, to have access to free education in a stable environment where they can flourish.
Founder, Christel DeHaan, who was also the co-founder of RCI – the largest vacation exchange provider in the world – opened the doors to Christel House International in 1998. Today, the school operates on five continents including South Africa.
Since 2002, the South African timeshare industry captains have been a passionate supporter of Christel House and were involved in the initial research and start-up activities. Over the years they have collectively provided more than R8 million in financial support.
“This funding has helped transform many children’s lives by helping them to become financially self-sustaining through an education, socially thriving and actively contributing to improve the communities from which they come,” says Francois Louw, Christel House’s Director of Fundraising and Marketing.
As an industry, timeshare is perfectly positioned to make a difference in the communities in which it operates. It is our responsibility and our privilege to play a part in the education of these children and together we are committed to continue making a positive impact at Christel House South Africa.