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 SOS Feed our Crew

SOS Feed our Crew

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The SOS Charity Fund was established in December 2016, and right from the start was met with generous support from the entertainment industry. The charity is now pleased to donate R50,000 to Feed our Crew, a non-governmental organization (NGO) who are providing temporary support through food vouchers to the technical and casual event crews during the COVID-19 lockdown period.


While DWR Distribution established, administered and is a contributor to the SOS Charity Fund, the entertainment industry has been phenomenal in participating in fundraising events. “Although DWR Distribution is also going through a tough time, the money we’ve raised for the SOS belongs to the people and not to us,” said Duncan Riley of DWR. “`The SOS was established to help people in times like these, this is what it’s all about.” 


When all events were abruptly shut down due to COVID-19, Tamsyn Strydom, co-founder of Feed our Crew, was active on a couple of groups and forums aimed at technicians. 


“The message that kept coming through was that people needed help,” Tamsyn recalls. “Initially, I started communicating with Kagiso Moima Wa Masimini, and together our aim was to put together an appeal to the President of South Africa.” Tamsyn and KG asked people in the industry to make videos to be sent to the presidency in order to illustrate the struggle that the entertainment world is facing. They have been failed by the government. Marcia Alves, a seasoned Technical Manager, also reached out to Tamsyn regarding the video appeal and as the videos came in, Tamsyn, KG and Marcia knew they had to do more and Feed Our Crew was born with the assistance of Gomolemo Madumo, Landy Yeatman (People4Purpose), Sasha Raubenheimer (Freelance Technical Manager) and Vickie Whitehead.


“Feed Our Crew will not discriminate against anyone who applies, but the aim is to reach the most vulnerable people,” Tamsyn explains. Feed our Crew has also partnered with People4Purpose, an NGO headed by Landy Yeatman, who will administer the fund. “Applicants are requested to provide a short motivation and two contactable references from industry professionals from the last four months, along with their ID number and contact details. Please remember that those eligible for UIF do not qualify,” Tamsyn explains. “Identified candidates will be issued with a voucher valued at R1,000 from Shoprite/Checkers. This will enable them to buy groceries, electricity if needed, nappies or formulae, medication, and their basic needs.”


The cries for help are coming in fast and furiously, but thanks to the dedication of the Feed Our Crew team, R66,000 has already been raised, which does not include the R50,000 donation from the SOS Charity Fund. To date, fifty-six freelancers have been taken care of.

“People have been incredibly generous,” said Tamsyn. “I’ve had donations from event companies that I’ve never heard of.” The acts of kindness touch the heart. One such story is of event planner Daria Higgins from True North Events who initially reached out to Duncan Riley and Tamsyn, worried about what would happen to the technical crew during the lockdown and was ready to contribute. She was one of the first financial contributors to Feed Our Crew. When the donations coming in are modest, one really gets a lump in the throat, knowing how much that money has cost someone.”


Thank you to everyone involved. Our men and in black have always been there, behind the scenes making sure that the show goes on. In our current blackout, let’s remember each one of them, let’s help however we can, and when we all look up again, let it be for a standing ovation. 

 

 

 


 

 

Donations

  • Dec 28, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "There is a God in Heaven who knows and sees and He cares for each and every one of you. I pray He will provide for each one and that out of this chaos will come testimonies of His Great Goodness!" - Nereen

  • Nov 27, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "There is a God in Heaven who knows and sees and He cares for each and every one of you. I pray He will provide for each one and that out of this chaos will come testimonies of His Great Goodness!" - Nereen

  • Oct 28, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "There is a God in Heaven who knows and sees and He cares for each and every one of you. I pray He will provide for each one and that out of this chaos will come testimonies of His Great Goodness!" - Nereen

  • Sep 28, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "There is a God in Heaven who knows and sees and He cares for each and every one of you. I pray He will provide for each one and that out of this chaos will come testimonies of His Great Goodness!" - Nereen

  • Sep 28, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "There is a God in Heaven who knows and sees and He cares for each and every one of you. I pray He will provide for each one and that out of this chaos will come testimonies of His Great Goodness!" - Nereen

  • Aug 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "There is a God in Heaven who knows and sees and He cares for each and every one of you. I pray He will provide for each one and that out of this chaos will come testimonies of His Great Goodness!" - Nereen

  • Aug 29, 2020 - R 189.00
  • "Wishing All the Crew and Fellow Industy Members Strengh, Blessings and Love during this crazy time" - Jeremy Kusner

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "There is a God in Heaven who knows and sees and He cares for each and every one of you. I pray He will provide for each one and that out of this chaos will come testimonies of His Great Goodness!" - Nereen

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 189.00
  • "Wishing All the Crew and Fellow Industy Members Strengh, Blessings and Love during this crazy time" - Jeremy Kusner

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 189.00
  • "Wishing All the Crew and Fellow Industy Members Strengh, Blessings and Love during this crazy time" - Jeremy Kusner

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "There is a God in Heaven who knows and sees and He cares for each and every one of you. I pray He will provide for each one and that out of this chaos will come testimonies of His Great Goodness!" - Nereen

  • Jun 19, 2020 - USD $ 57.45
  • "Paying it forward - I've been blessed with being able to continue to work" - Trevor Butler

  • Jun 12, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "There is a God in Heaven who knows and sees and He cares for each and every one of you. I pray He will provide for each one and that out of this chaos will come testimonies of His Great Goodness!" - Nereen

  • Jun 12, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Freelance crew paid my way through uni in SA. Goodluck guys

    " - Daniel Lotz

  • Jun 11, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "." - JLR

  • Jun 11, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Our hearts go out to those struggling during this crisis. Thank you DWR for getting this initiative going.

    " - Grandin

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Well done for assisting those in need. Blessings to you. " - Jared Carr

  • Jun 10, 2020 - USD $ 59.78
  • "Blessings" - Eugene Balt

  • Jun 10, 2020 - USD $ 31.68
  • "A small contribution from us to the events family back home. When we can give more we will. " - Otto & Laura de Kock

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thanks for putting this together, hope this helps." - Garth O'Kelly

  • Jun 09, 2020 - USD $ 59.46
  • "Strength to you all. We can get through this by standing together." - Bobby Heaney

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you all the best with this venture" - Wilhelm

  • May 29, 2020 - R 189.00
  • "Wishing All the Crew and Fellow Industy Members Strengh, Blessings and Love during this crazy time" - Jeremy Kusner

  • May 26, 2020 - USD $ 150.00
  • "I wish I had a magic wand ...but I don't .....thanks Tim!" - marc neuhaus

  • May 19, 2020 - USD $ 54.46
  • "Hope this helps!" - S Green

  • May 12, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Tim is an inspiration and I'm soo grateful he's doing this for our colleagues out there.." - Richard Smith

  • May 08, 2020 - R 180.00
  • "Wishing All the Crew and Fellow Industy Members Strengh, Blessings and Love during this crazy time" - Jeremy Kusner

  • May 08, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Some love from Andrew Rowan" - Surgesound

  • May 08, 2020 - USD $ 134.32
  • "In honor of our cousin Debra B" - Ruth and Neil B

  • May 07, 2020 - USD $ 54.48
  • "Hope this helps!" - Kamini Soobben

  • May 06, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "I’m so happy to hear about this initiative. I’m a freelancer myself & we’re taking hard knock, but we’ll be back. To all the crew, thank you & keep your heads up!" - Hanroux Lamprecht

  • May 05, 2020 - USD $ 98.49
  • "In honor of Tim McCall’s bike ride for charity " - David Brooks

  • May 05, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "Here is a GOST LIGHT to let the world know our industry will be back." - Riaan Schmidlin

  • May 05, 2020 - USD $ 27.36
  • "You rock Tim! " - Han Peter

  • May 04, 2020 - USD $ 110.66
  • "A little love from Europe" - Tim McCall

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Donations to date

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Fundraising target

R 100 000.00
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SOS Charity Fund

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The SOS Charity fund, which forms part of DWR Distribution, is a charity organization aimed
at freelancers in the entertainment and theatre industry and was born in December 2017.
The SOS aims to lend a heling hand, on a merit basis, with basic assistance should a
freelancer fall ill, injure themselves, or in the worst case-scenario, pass away, leaving their
family under immense pressure. The SOS has also been involved in projects that offer hope
and a touch of inspiration!


This charity assists with deeds like providing grocery hampers, helping with medical bills,
funeral costs, and helping with finances for motivational youth projects or as the need
arises.