Wine retailer helps build SA children’s centre

30th January, 2014 by Lauren Eads

Virgin Wines has announced plans to help build an after-care facility for children in South Africa as part of the largest fairtrade wine projects in the world.

Andrew Baker, Wine Buyer, Virgin Wines at the Fairhills Project

Andrew Baker, Wine Buyer, Virgin Wines at the Fairhills Project

The UK wine retailer has already contributed £17,000 to the Fairhills fair trade Project since 2008, and has now pledged to help build an after-care facility for children at a primary school in South Africa from funds generated from the sale of its fair trade wines.

The facility will give children a safe place to go after school to receive help with their homework from trained teachers, as well as extra classes in subjects such as mathematics, science and computer literacy.

The children will also be able to enjoy a meal and take part in a range of extra-curricular activities.

Jay Wright, CEO of Virgin Wines, said: “We’re humbled to be part of such a fantastic project such as Fairhills, which works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for its workers and their respective families. We’re extremely proud that since 2008 our contributions have helped to fund a computer centre and library for children and this next stage will see another school benefit from an after-care facility to ensure the continued educational development of the children. We hope our customers will continue to support us in this great initiative and therefore support communities in South Africa.”

The Fairhills Project was set up in 2005 as a joint venture between Du Toitskloof Wine Cellar and the wine exporter, Origin Wine, in the Breedekloof region of South Africa.

Virgin Wines donates money to the project though sales of its fair trade wines named Usizo (“assistance” in Zulu), which includes a Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage and Colombard Sauvignon Blanc, each priced at £8.49.

Click here for more information on the project.

Children at Lorraine Primary School with Headmistress

Children at Lorraine Primary School with Headmistress

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Fine Wine Sales Administrator

Davy's Wine Merchants
London, UK

Business Development Manager - On Trade

Central London, GB

Regional Sales Manager

Swallow Associates Ltd
Home Based: North-West England, UK

London Account Manager Role (Full Time)

Home based with UK travel. , GB

Sales Operations Manager

Bibendum PLB
London, UK

Digital Marketing Executive (online content & community manager)

Corney & Barrow Limited
London E1W (near Tower Bridge), UK

Store Manager – Premium Drinks

Amathus Drinks PLC
London, UK

On-Trade Regional Sales Manager

Anthony Byrne Fine Wines
London and the South East, UK

Wine Sales – Northwest England

Gerrard Seel
North West England

Senior On-Trade Sales Manager – English Sparkling Wine Company

London based with national travel, UK

National Account Manager – RTM – On Trade

Home based with frequent UK travel

Sales Account Manager - Wine

London, Devon, Manchester, Liverpool, Farnham, Cambridge, UK

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th June 2017

The Global Syrah Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th June 2017

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th June 2017

The Global Beer Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st August 2017

Click to view more

The Drinks Business Awards 2017

Now in its 15th year, the db awards have become the most authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry.

The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2017

the drinks business Hong Kong announces its first year of The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

Click to view more