This festival is charity focused, and the most rewarding element of the festival is the support it generates for our local charities. This year, the organising committee has nominated 4 charities as beneficiaries of the 2015 Slow Festival. These are Fresh Start, The Living Cornerstone, Slow Town Meals and the Bursary Fund of the NG Vrouediens.
This decision arose from a selection process where the potential beneficiaries were asked to submit a detailed proposal of how funds could be used as well as outline their pledged support for the Festival in various forms. All event managers and stall holders will donate a percentage of their takings to a central fund, from which the charities will receive donations for the projects they have identified.
In addition, other charities being supported by events include Masithandane, Knysna Animal Welfare (KAWS), Sedgefield Lions, NSRI and CANSA.
“We cannot predict the size of the donations to be made, but with the generous support of the public, and the blessing of good weather, we hope to give generously to the charities which do so much good in our community,” said Festival organiser Amanda Dixon. “With such a variety of fantastic events for the whole family to enjoy and participate in, you’d be mad if you didn’t join the festivities!”