Powered by Media Film Service and beginning in October 2013, Media Gives Back has influenced many lives throughout the Western Cape. Amongst the craziness that occurs at the end of every year, Tracy Swan sat down to share with us some of what has been happening with Media Gives Back throughout 2014 and what they hope to accomplish in 2015.
Media Film Service was established by Jannie van Wyk who had been in the film industry for 25 years at that point. With him he brought a philosophy of ‘family first’ and created a ‘media family’ around himself and the company. He has always encouraged his staff to show an interest in each other’s lives as well as in the communities that they are from. It was through this ideology that Media Gives Back was born.
The intention behind Media Gives Back is to make ‘giving back’ easy. The organisation encourages everyone to get involved through donations or their time. Through collections and drop off’s, the organisation seeks to find new homes for unwanted items where they are needed.
Although the organisation does not get involved in specific projects, they try to be open to and work with any project that may come up. It is through collections and donations that Media Gives Back is able to source help for various projects. Examples of projects or initiatives that the organisation has worked with in the past and hopes to continue to work with has been CPT City Mobile Library, St Michaels home for Girls, Christine Revell Children’s Home, The Homestead Khayalitsha, Baphumelele, the Twitter Blanket Drive, SOS Children’s Villages, Heatherdale Children’s Home as well as The Princess Project.
Tracy’s favorite project for 2014 has been the Mandela Day Sandwich drive. This year, Media Gives Back decided not to take sandwiches to established organisations but to rather drive around Cape Town and hand them out themselves to those on the streets. The organisation made over 700 sandwiches and handed them out to 360 people across the Southern Suburbs, Woodstock and the CBD. Tracy emphasises that everyone can get involved in giving back, no matter how small the gesture is.
For 2015, Tracy sees the organisation as being open to whatever comes their way. She encourages people to get involved by giving whatever they have to give which they will then source a new home for where it is most needed. One project that she sees Media Gives Back working on again is a Mandela Day project. For 2015 the organisation would really like to get a number of sponsors and volunteers on board with a renovation or maintenance project.
For those who would like to donate or volunteer their time, or have a project that they need help with you can contact Tracy Swan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 5113300. Keep an eye out on the Media Gives Back Facebook Page for info on specific projects.